To be a good lunch spot, you’ll need some combination of swift service, wolf-able platters of filling food, and reasonable prices. To be a truly excellent lunch spot—the best, even—you’ll need all three, plus a convenient location and a name no one will forget when the noontime hunger daze hits. For instance: “Kramarczuk’s.” This Northeast deli-cafeteria combo lies just across the river from downtown Minneapolis, and in addition to street parking, it boasts a cute little parking lot for your midday excursion. Trot your empty belly in and grab a tray, then slide it down the line, old-school lunchroom style, loading it up with hearty plates of pierogi, cabbage rolls, and Ukrainian meatballs with potatoes and mushroom gravy. If lighter fare is more your deal, order up a sandwich and soup or salad. If it’s not at all your deal, gaze upon the rotating case of cakes and custards and snag yourself an eye-popping portion of house-made dessert. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and you’ll feel good keeping a Minneapolis institution in business.
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