BEST RESTAURANT FOR GLUTTONS Minneapolis 2002 - Q. Cumbers
There's nothing fancy about this Edina soup-and-salad emporium. No menus, table service, or ambiance. Just fresh, well-prepared food at a decent price--and as much of it as you can shovel down your gullet in one sitting. The lunch buffet costs $7.50, while dinner will set you back $8.75. Seniors get a discount, and kids under 12 are charged according to age (e.g., 50 cents per year at lunchtime). Q. Cumbers' salad bar is massive--and remarkably well maintained considering the number of customers who go digging through it at peak hours: There's three types of lettuce, two dozen toppings, eight different salad dressings, and prepared dishes such as pasta salad or vegetables marinated in Dijon mustard. Four soups are always available. (Broccoli crab chowder and white chicken chili are two of our favorites.) Offerings on the hot bar change daily, often adhering to a culinary theme (Wednesday, for example, is Asian night, featuring cashew chicken and vegetarian chow mein). For dessert there's all kinds of fresh fruit, along with frozen yogurt that you can top with hot fudge, caramel, or sprinkles. Full yet?