Best Cheap Lunches of the Metro, Part II
After eating in the skyways for a couple months now, I finally, finally found something to recommend: The top-secret South Indian buffet that Bombay Bistro runs in the back-of-the- middle-of-nowhere Medical Arts Building.
Now, I say top-secret because:
- If you could be completely hidden and nowhere and still be in the middle of downtown Minneapolis, this is exactly where you’d be. You know where the rear skyway-entrance of the Barnes and Noble is? You know how there’s a tight escalator that goes down right there? Follow that escalator and head towards the Medical Arts Building, and you’ll find it. It’s the absolutely windowless Indian buffet right past all the empty stuff.
- The phone number doesn’t work.
- They have no take out menu, business card, or any identifying printed matter besides this blog post.
- It has almost nothing to do with the other, real Bombay Bistro; the nice man behind the counter explained to me that the real Bombay Bistro is North Indian, and has a different kitchen and different cooks. I’ve been to the other Bombay bistro and found nothing too special about it, so, this made me happy.
- It’s been open for about three months and I’m the only person I know who knows its there. I mean, besides the other two- dozen diners who were there.
My bill: $10.51 with tax. It’s the best thing I’ve found for fast, downtown skyway eating, save Brother’s Delicatessen, but we’ll talk about that another time.
Bombay Bistro South Indian
825 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Lunch only; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays