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Best Skyway Lunch Spots In Minneapolis

November 8, 2010 11:13 AM

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As much as we want to deny it, winter is on the horizon. Luckily, to combat some of those yearly winter blues, downtown Minneapolis has more than eight miles of glorious cold-avoiding skyways — marking one of the largest indoor systems in the world. Along the way, there are shops a plenty, office buildings and yes, restaurants galore.

Though for both newcomers to the Minneapolis skyways — and those who frequent them daily — the options can sometimes be overwhelming. Many folks will find their favorite and stick to it, blossoming daily friendships with the joint’s employees. But within our own newsroom, we’ve found the subject of skyway lunching differs for everyone — posing fresh ideas for some and differing opinions among others.

So without furthering the great skyway lunch debate, here’s a list of a few of our favorites — at least the few we could agree on.

Dave’s Downtown

900 2nd Ave. S., Suite #230
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-8787

Healthy lunching can sometimes be a challenge when there’s not much time and a watchful budget for daily dining. But at Dave’s downtown, the options — and the prices — are just right. Wraps and sandwiches under $7, large salads at just $6.95 and daily specials from pastas and sandwiches to items hot off the grill ensure there’s always something new to try at Dave’s.

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Zen Box

601 Marquette Ave., #204
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 341-3313
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For Japanese cuisine, Zen Box is a must downtown. The bento box sets make perfect lunch portions, with a variety of options from freshly steamed gyoza and zen salad to teriyaki chicken and yaki soba. The lunch menu features bento or bowl options between $5 and $7 — all with steamed rice.

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Kabobs Indian Grill

555 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 636-7786

Kabobs Indian Grill is like Indian fast food, but don’t let that fool you to the quality and flavors being served. The currys, tandoori chicken and variety of rice — plus fresh baked Naan — create endless options for a quick stop for lunch. The spices leave something to be desired but for quick and cheap, it’s a great meal.

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Asian Max

800 Nicollet Mall, Suite #270
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 227-6890

My co-worker and I make it a weekly — sometimes more than weekly — custom to get Asian Max on our lunch breaks. And the reason for such consistency? Two words: crack beans. OK, let me be clear, these green beans don’t actually have illegal substances in them but the flavors layered on top of them — garlic, red pepper flakes, flavorful oils — are addictive like, well, you know what. Add that to an order of sesame chicken and it’s pure sublime.

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Andrea Pizza

811 LaSalle Ave.
Highland Court Building
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 630-2882

330 S. 2nd Ave.
Towle Building
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332-6457
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Between the staff working behind the counter and the atmosphere surrounding the fresh pies, Andrea Pizza really feels like it should be on a street corner in New York. Luckily for lunch-goers the flavors and cheesy pizzas do, too. Get a slice of pizza, Caesar salad and a drink for under $6 every day of the week for a great, cheap trip to Italy.

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Sorrento Cucina

105 S 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 376-0696

If you’re looking for a meal with a lot of heart and oodles of comfort, stop by Sorrento for a home-cooked meal from the people who have mastered skyway classic Italian. These hearty meals come from authentic recipes, passed down from generations of Italian cooks in the Virgillo family. Lunch specials are featured daily for a great variety without budget-breaking prices.

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Burger Place

501 Marquette Ave. Ste. #220
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 338-1213

There are a number of places to sink your teeth into a juicy burger on your lunch break, but Burger Place seems to have the edge. The thick cuts of angus beef, grilled to perfection, always come out juicy and piping hot. Choose from a wide variety of burgers, all priced around $7, including turkey burgers and chicken burgers for just a few cents more.

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Brothers Deli

50 S. 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 341-8007
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If you’re looking for a New York-style deli, Brother’s is your place. For more than 70 years, Brothers Deli has been serving a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and soups — plus the expansive deli buffet where you can load up on their famous potato salad. Choose from cold, grilled or classic deli sandwiches and enjoy a side of potato salad or coleslaw and a crunchy dill pickle.

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Macy’s Marketplace/Skyroom

700 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 375-6936

From fresh soups and made-to-order sandwiches and salads, the food court in Macy’s is truly a Mecca for food. Between the basement marketplace and the 12th floor Sky Room, there are endless possibilities for lunching. Most folks will give the edge to the Sky Room — and its amazing salad bar — but the marketplace has its highlights as well with coal-fired pizzas and LeeAnn Chins offerings.

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Good To Go

200 S 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 341-4600
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Some may mock its “fast food” moniker, but Good To Go is really perfectly named. The Mediterranean deli features high quality, fresh ingredients and a variety of options for lunch including fire-roasted wraps, fresh baked paninis and hand tossed salads. Add some house made dressings and signature sauces and you’re good to go.

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  • Will

    “Franks A Million” is very good and fair priced

  • Nicole

    Not sure what Laura ordered but I think Asian Max is awesome too!

  • Mitch

    I love Asian Max. Yes the beans are wonderful along with everything else on the menu. The employees are always friendly and remember my name. Always a treat to eat there.

  • Bette

    Sorrento Cucina is the best. Our office moved to St. Paul, so now I will take an afternoon off to stop by Sorrento for the best tasting Italian food. The red sauce is perfect. Everything on the menu is great, the price is great and the staff are cheerful no matter how busy they are.

  • keri

    can you do one of these for st paul?

  • Annie

    I am disappointed that The Greek Grill & Cafe didn’t make the list; they are FAB!!!
    You can find them in the City Center at 40 South 7th Street, Minneapolis

    And the chinese place next to Sorrento Cucina is great for food on a dime. If you can get there before 11:30 or after 1:00PM Monday-Friday you can get a complete meal for just $3.25!!!

    Also for a tasty treat there is NONE BETTER than the frozen yogurt bar at Red Cherry in LeaAnn Chin.

    • Jake

      The curry lamb is really good. It is on the specials menu varied dates. Please add11

  • Pete J

    Hello? How about St Paul? My vote…the Real Meal Deli!

  • Fred

    I can’t imagine leaving out the Walking Dog in the Northstar Center. Best hot dogs in town, best deal too!

  • Naiyer

    I agree with you about the Greek Grill restaurant. It is awesome!

  • PaulD

    I miss working downtown and having lunch on the skyway! There are a lot of great places to eat.

  • me

    How about Dagwoods in The crossings building I belive its on 2nd and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd about a couple blocks maybe from the Main Post Office…Skyway level.

  • Emily

    Trieste Cafe….Lumber Exchange building on 5th and Hennepin has the best Lebanese and Greek Food!!

  • DT

    Torby’s Pizza has the best pizza and jerk chicken wings!

  • dude

    Another Mpls list

  • Bob

    Good article. I spend a lot of time in Minneapolis as I considered it my second home as I now live in the Bay Area, CA. But I have noticed one thing, food prices in Msp are about the same level as in the Bay Area. What is up with that?

  • Jube

    I love Sushi Do! !
    Not only Sushi, I love Udon, Gyudon, Dango and so on!

  • St. Paulie Girl

    Mpls, Mpls, Mpls-always leaving out the Capitol City!!!!!

  • Ginnee

    Allie’s Deli in Financial Bulding across from Crowne Plaza has fabulous sandiches, soups and salads at very reasonable prices. And they are fast and friendly!

  • Jim

    Bob, you think the prices are high in DT Mpls??? $5 or $6-bucks a sandwich! are you kidding me!! should they be $2 or $3-dollars?….what planet are you from?

  • Try these!

    Some of my favorites missed…..Trieste Cafe and Dagwoods! If you haven’t tried them, get it on your list of places to try! :)

  • Ron Nalipinski

    Personally, I think Torby’s pizza is better than all the rest. you’ve Got to try it!

  • Jeff

    Zen Box is better than the Japanese food in Japan. Having travelled through Japan dozens of times and loving their food and hospitality, Zen Box is a standout. Absolutely delicious food, big portions, consistent, and even too few tables for the crowds just like in Tokyo. Find Zen Box next time you are looking for an amazing lunch. You will come back time and time again!!

    • robert

      How can authentic Japanese food you had in Japan be better than ‘American’ Japanese food? It’s the same as going to Italy and then coming back to the USA and saying Italian food in Ameria is better than the real thing. So typical American.

  • EarlyGal1

    Skyway Wok has the best egg rolls in town!

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