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Zen Box Izakaya

The Japanese food at Zen Box has been a Minneapolis skyway favorite for years, serving takeout boxes of sticky rice, gyoza, grilled meats, and other simple lunch fare. Now the owners have opened Zen Box Izakaya--a bigger, warmer second location on Washington Avenue focusing on Japanese pub food. Try the rich and satisfying kimchi ramen bowl with its savory broth and soft-poached egg; Japanese-style curry with housemade pickles; skewers of grilled squid with ponzu; chicken kara-age, Japan’s answer to fried chicken; seaweed salad; and mashed potato croquettes with lump crab meat. The lunch bento boxes are a great value served with edamame, gyoza, miso soup, and cabbage salad, alongside your chosen entree.