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Nov 7, 2013 04:52 AM

need a lunch place we can easily drive to from downtown st. paul

not too far from downtown st. paul---maybe a mile or two or three. and it needs to have good, close parking--which rules out a lot of grand ave options.

I just checked out the Ward 6 menu, but for lunch it looks a little limited.

and of course we want awesome food!

any suggestions?


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  1. What kind of food would you be looking for? I can't really think of a good "Something for Everyone" place, but there are some good options.
    I would say Ngon, Fasika and Black Sea all have street parking but I have never had to walk more than a block. On's has a parking lot. Meritage you could walk to as well as Black Sheep. Shamrock's Irish Nook and the happy gnome both have parking.

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    1. re: mitch cumstein

      Shamrock's has parking? Not trying to be a smarty-pants, but I thought a fire station or something was built there. Did they recently add something?

      In the University Avenue vein, Saigon has a small lot as does Little Szechuan, neither of which has been mentioned yet I don't think.

      Brasa has a small lot but you really need to be almost first, for dinner anyway. I'm not sure how it is for lunch.

      Are the St. Paul locations of Mavericks, Tea House, or Los Ocampo within your 3 miles?


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Not a huge lot but there is one behind the restaurant.

    2. Cheeky Monkey and Salut Bar Americain come to mind as each has a parking lot.

      I like Ward 6 better than either of them, however. Soup, salad, burgers, sandwiches; they do it all well. What more do you need for lunch?

      1. I was going to mention Cheeky Monkey also, because I like it. There are others on Selby Avenue I like. French Hen across the street, Moscow on the Hill, Bon Vie, Mango Thai, and WA Frost.

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        1. re: shoo bee doo

          Cheeky Monkey's meatloaf sandwich is so so good. (cheddar, bacon, spicy mustard, giardiniera, english muffin toast ) Yummm.

          Mango Thai's 'Pad Kee Mao' spicy noodle dish with chicken is delicious too.

          1. re: St3ve

            That meatloaf sandwich is my favorite there also. And I never liked meatloaf before that sandwich.

        2. Thai Cafe, Bangkok Cuisine, Homi Mexican, Bangkok Thai Deli, Cheng Heng.

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          1. re: american_idle

            Also, although all of these are right on University, they either have private lots or communal lots within half a block.

          2. I'm of the belief that limited menus are usually better. It means they have a few items and execute them well. If you are looking for the encyclopedia, Champps is probably your best bet off Larpenteur and 35E. But I think you'll be happier at Ward 6. Between the Reuben or the Fish and Chips, you can't go wrong.

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            1. re: Db Cooper

              The fish and chips at Ward 6 are outstanding! The best in town, IMHO.

              1. re: Db Cooper

                Agreed. Another vote for Ward 6. That would be my top pick. Unless one of you have significant dietary restrictions where that menu won't work for you, I'll take a limited menu guaranteeing you a great meal over a varied menu that could be hit or miss.

                The fish and chips are outstanding, but I'll also give a nod to their burger.