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Best Indian/Thai in Mpls between airport and Mpls

I am picking up a friend at the airport next Monday and headed to dinner. She has a request of Indian or Thai (b/c she lives in podunk Michigan) and as I have been away from the ethnic dining scene for a while (small children) I'm not up on the latest/greatest.

I am familiar with Ghandi Mahal and Dancing Ganesha and just had the lunch buffet at the Copper Pot. Anything I'm missing?

For Thai, I'm at a loss. Thoughts?

Looking forward to an adult dinner with spice!

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  1. Thai near the airport?

    You might try On's at Snelling & University in St. Paul. You can go up Fairview to University without much stopping. It's maybe a 10-15 minute drive. Then you can hop onto I-94 quickly and get over to Minneapolis after dinner.

    Krungthep Thai in Uptown if it absolutely has to be in Minneapolis.

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    1. re: JimGrinsfelder

      It does not have to be Mpls. Just a reference point of where I'm coming from and headed to. What is the word on On's lately.

      1. re: MayrMN

        Recently won Best Thai in one of the big pubs, forget which.

        Down University is the new Bangkok Thai Deli, which is awesome.

    2. Big fan of India Cafe (it's Indian / Pakistani). It's small, no frills, nondescript interior, sometimes clumsy but friendly service, but I love the food. I have yet to not be the only caucasian in the restaurant on my visits (I always feel this is a good indicator for an ethnic restaurant).

      http://www.indiacafemn.com has a menu, but doesn't look complete versus the one in store.

      1. While Himalayan Restaurant isn't exclusively Indian, it has a lot of traditional indian dishes, like the best palak paneer I've ever had, lamb tikka masala, and naans. I'd take Himalayan over either Ghandi Mahal or Dancing Ganesha.

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        1. re: drew13000

          Went to Gandhi Mahal for the first time Friday night. Excellent. Seems to be a few bucks more on similar dishes to most other Indian restaurants, but the food really was fantastic. And spicy. We got a "medium" which was really pushing it for me.

        2. gotta love india cafe's website... they do not include their address!

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          1. re: zfwp

            I imagine a nephew or someone did that site for them.

            7826 Portland Ave

          2. Joy's Pattaya Thai in Richfield is pretty good. It's quite close to the airport, at 7545 Lyndale.


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            1. re: Jordan

              Isn't that the 3rd or 4th Thai restaurant to go into that space? I know there was a Naviya location there, and Ketsana's was before that...

              1. re: forgottendreamr

                I think so, yes. Still, it's been pretty good, and we've eaten there a handful of times.

                1. re: Jordan

                  Anyone have background regarding if it is the same ownership, or if it has been completely different people each time? I realize that the Naviya chain is it's own thing, but it seems weird to me and I'm curious.

                  1. re: forgottendreamr

                    Ketsana's is now out in Plymouth so I don't believe there is a connection.

            2. I love the Nepali place, Gorkha Palace. The food is quite similar to Indian cuisine, and is always fresh and well spiced. They often have unusual things like Yak meat or wild greens. The location at 23 4th St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 is a bit obscure, but they have a parking lot, and there are lots of fun bars and pubs nearby if you wish to extend your evening!

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              1. re: lizpeck

                Are they still open? They've been closed up tight as a tick whenever I have gone by.

                1. re: teamkitty

                  Yes they are open. The closed for a family wedding but will be at the Mill City Market Tomorrow.

              2. I like the Gujarti place next to Pooja Grocery in Columbia Heights, though the chaat isn't as good as Bombay Deli's was. Second Bangkok Thai Deli.

                1. There seems to be a new Indian Restaurant opening in the Lucy's location on the kiss of death corner of Franklin and 31st. Hopefully they can make it.

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                  1. re: docfood

                    Actually, that's the home of the Chef Shack's new b&m, the Chef Shack Ranch.