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Best Restaurant for Lunch

Next up in the series of polls for the <PDD Awards Index>PDD Awards, we will determine the best lunch restaurant in the Duluth area. We’re taking nominations in the comments to this post, then a poll will follow, as usual.

For some of you, the ideal lunch is the place that kicks out the fastest, cheapest grub. Others might prefer a slow-pace escape from the daily grind. Either notion is fine, but the majority vote will decide what is best.

Once again, we define our territory: Any restaurant in Duluth or 10 miles of its border is eligible. So establishments in Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and the various bordering townships all qualify; Two Harbors, Cloquet and farther away municipalities are out of bounds.

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32 Comment(s)

  1. Northern Waters Smokehaus for the sandwiches and seating options, including the Lakewalk or beaches.

    emmadogs | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  2. Thirsty Pagan for a calzone is my vote. I’m also obsessed with beer.

    Girlfriend says Sir Benedict’s.

    piker | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  3. Coney Island Deluxe
    Red Mug
    Keyport Lounge

    Rae | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  4. Kosta’s Gyros (for both their gyros and Mediterranean salad)

    Rae | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  5. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe

    Bret | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  6. Bulldog Pizza
    Anchor Bar
    7 West Taphouse

    duluth14 | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  7. China King Buffet in Spirit Valley.
    Sammy’s Pizza (Downtown)
    Coney Island (1st St.)

    B-man | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  8. Oriental House II lunch buffet!! $7.95 and top quality fresh Thai and Chinese food. Downtown Duluth, 319 W. 1st St., next to Roscoes (previously Pioneer) Bar. The bar and restaurant, while separately owned, are connected and allow you to bring beer into the restaurant and food into the bar.

    Emerickson | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  9. Beaners for lunch is something I wish I could do more often.

    TimK | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  10. Hearthstone Cafe.

    K. Praslowicz | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  11. Taste of Saigon
    Zen House
    Zhong Hua

    grizzly | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  12. Hanabi
    India Palace

    jsmith14 | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  13. Paul’s house.

    spy1 | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  14. Coney Island on 1st
    Sir Ben’s
    Bulldog Pizza

    jessige | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  15. How Sweet It Is sandwiches
    Whole Foods Co-op

    moosetracks | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  16. 1)Pak’s (every Tuesday for me)

    2)Beaner’s if I can manage the time to get there (only 30 minute break)

    3)Northern Waters (if I get enough co-workers to join in they deliver)

    wildknits | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  17. 1. The Kitchen

    2. Kosta’s

    3. Sir Benedict’s

    Jadiaz | Oct 8, 2013 | New Comment
  18. Sammy’s on Central Ave because their lunch buffet includes wings.

    beatstomper | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  19. Big Daddy’s

    pinkos | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  20. I’m a cheapo so the Anchor Bar for lunch gets my vote!

    CLeTa | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  21. Palace Diner from the HDC.

    gluvin | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  22. I’m going to sit this one out.

    A breakfast and dinner poll is acceptable but lunch is too close to the dinner menu. At many restaurants it’s the same menu or maybe the same menu with a boost in price for dinner.

    I will be the casual observer on this latest poll, thank you.

    heysme | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  23. Heysme, the differences are what makes the lunch special. Breakfast: if you’re spending money out, it’s for weekend greasy deliciousness, weekend Bloody Maryishness, ultra-relaxation, etc. Dinner: drawn out courses, indulgent tastes, much delicious alcoholic libations.

    Lunch: quick, lift of the day, more-expensive-than-leftovers-but-fast-on-the-mark and not-too-hard-on-the-wallet delight.

    emmadogs | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  24. I think How Sweet It Is went up a dollar for sandwiches, the last time I was in, which meant that I went with plain bread instead of fancy — the fancy bread is a must. | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  25. Z’s Deli. There was such a void when they left. Now that they are back, I wish I worked downtown still.

    krlars2 | Oct 9, 2013 | New Comment
  26. Chester Creek Cafe is spendy, but I love the food and the ambiance. I usually meet people there for lunch, or else dine there solo when I want to work somewhere other than my home office. They always have excellent specials, as well as a good daily menu.

    Claire | Oct 10, 2013 | New Comment
  27. I agree that Chester Creek Cafe’s lunch menu (esp reuben sandwich) is great, but service can be SLOOOOOOOOW, so I think it’s not a good option for people on a limited lunch hour.

    emmadogs | Oct 10, 2013 | New Comment
  28. Kinda surprised that Pizza Luce has not made it onto this list yet. It’s not my first choice, but based on how busy it always is over lunch I thought it would get more love. Anyway, Luce is my nomination.

    Funkenschutz | Oct 10, 2013 | New Comment
  29. Agreed, I loved Z’s Deli for lunch. And Luce isn’t good for lunch, because it will take you two hours to get out of there.

    BadCat! | Oct 10, 2013 | New Comment
  30. Pizza Luce’s slice of pizza/salad combo is always a good choice, but I agree with the slow turnaround time. Why does it take an hour to get a slice of pre-made pizza and some lettuce?

    Rae | Oct 11, 2013 | New Comment
  31. Sometimes when you’re smoking herb in the freezer you forget on which side the door is.

    piker | Oct 11, 2013 | New Comment
  32. Wow, how have I never heard of Z’s Deli before. I go by the Holiday Center all the time! And I thought Niko’s was the best it got for mediterranean around here…

    Little Pirate | Oct 11, 2013 | New Comment

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