As anywhere, the options for lunch in Minnesota are innumerable. However some spots offer just the right combination of quick service and sit-down ambience for a business meeting, a mental break, or a quick bite. Whether you’re craving a deli sandwich, an energizing salad, or a fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza, Minnesota’s best lunch eateries have it. Here are some of our favorites.
Folks in the West Metro can’t do much better for lunch than BLVD. Perfect for a business lunch or a leisurely afternoon with friends, this restaurant offers just the right combination of upscale and casual for just about any occasion. A dedicated lunch menu means that food comes up quickly when you need it, and a 3 p.m. happy hour makes for a perfect late lunch.
If you need a power lunch in the capitol city, the St. Paul Grill is your spot. Flip your ties over your shoulders and belly up to the bar for a quick bite or settle into a table for an afternoon of brainstorming. The food and service will not disappoint, and if you’ve got an expense account, use it.
In Minnesota, Kramarczuk’s is to sausage what the Twins are to baseball, except this Polish deli has been around much longer. Pop in for a Polish or a brat, or grab a bowl of the best borscht in the state. Kramarczuk’s is a cozy enough spot that you’ll feel comfortable lingering, if you have time, and quick enough that you can eat and run if you must.
The Duluth Grill is conistently ranked among the region’s best restaurants. Its casual menu of scratch-made dishes is sure to satisfy the hankerings of any hungry lunch-goer. The fish tacos are easily among the best in the state. Folks those who aren’t feeling ready for lunch yet needn’t worry: Duluth Grill serves breakfast all day.
Chester’s Kitchen & Bar is another spot that melds casual and upscale into a great spot for anyone to have lunch. A wide selection salads and a rotating array of soups can keep it interesting for light eaters or those in a hurry. Meanwhile, Chester’s bowls, sandwiches, and lunch favorites will please the heartier appetites at the table.
If you’re looking for a quick, casual lunch (with relatively easy parking) in downtown St. Paul, Cossetta’s is a good bet. This St. Paul institution has been feeding folks for decades. This restaurant offers classic Italian dishes with cafeteria-style service. Once you’ve found a table, though, the sights and aromas and bustle may just keep you there for a while.
Birchwood Café serves up some of the best scratch-made, cafeteria-style food in the state. With an eye on sustainable and natural ingredients, this restaurant offers a wide variety of changing menu items and baked goods based on the freshness and availability of product. Birchwood is always careful to include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-sensitive options in their rotation.
A seasonal restaurant, the Boat House is a great place for a relaxing lunch with Mississippi River views. They serve their lunch menu until 5 p.m., so late lunches are no problem. The fish and chips or the fish tacos make for a quick delicious midday meal, and with the boat house theme, are appropriately thematic.
You will not go wrong suggesting Café Latte for lunch. A Victoria Crossing favorite for decades, this cafeteria-style restaurant serves up delicious, high-quality salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. If you need a little more, the other side the restaurant is a pizza and wine bar. Whether you’re lunching for business, pleasure, or basic sustenance, Café Latte will send you home smiling.