When you don’t want to hoover your lunch while striding through the skyway, consider taking a jaunt just outside downtown Minneapolis. Emily’s Lebanese in Northeast is far enough away from the buzz of downtown to feel like a retreat, but close enough that you can eat and get back in a little over an hour. The menu is varied to suit a light luncher or a mid-day feaster. Start with olives and feta or a fresh, herbaceous tabouli salad. Then shift your focus to savory kafta kabobs, meaty lamb-filled cabbage rolls, and chicken and rice with a side of tangy lubin (yogurt). Cap it all off with a Greek coffee and a baklava for a sugary caffeine jolt to power you through your day. Or capitulate to your post-prandial sleepiness and order a subtle Lebanese custard before heading home to nap.
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