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MSP: Food for Film Fest Fanatic

AnneInMpls | Apr 20, 200602:31 AM

Help! I need some eat-on-the-run ideas for the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival, which starts tomorrow (4/20) and runs through the end of April. I want to see a lot of movies, especially on weekends, and there's rarely more than a half hour between films. And on weeknights, I'll be rushing to the theater from work, with no time to plan a meal.

Any good grab-and-go food near the following theaters?

- Riverview Theater - 38th St & 42nd Ave, Minneapolis
Anything nearby besides the Riverside Wine Bar and coffee shop? These two are always mobbed between films.

- Crown Theatres - Block E, downtown Minneapolis
Is there anything in the Block E complex worth munching? (Cosmos doesn't count; I won't have time.) Or anything I can drive by on my way downtown? Kramarczyk's sandwiches come to mind, but I think I'll get pretty tired of sandwiches over the next two weeks.

- Landmark Edina Theater - 50th & France
I almost never get down to this area - the traffic and parking are too nuts - so I haven't a clue about what's convenient, good, and easy to grab quickly.

- Bell Auditorium - Church St. & University Ave, Minneapolis (U of M campus)
Sigh. Parking issues again.

- Oak Street Cinema - Oak St. & Washington Ave
This one's easy - the Stadium Village location has a wealth of riches once you're parked nearby. I just tried Jasmine Orchid for the first time last night (yum!) and am looking forward to eating their Banh Mi sandwiches between films. Bona's spring rolls also make a tasty, relatively portable lunch, but I've learned to my cost that you shouldn't dip spring rolls in sauce when you're in a dark theater. (Rice noodles look pretty silly on a black T-shirt...).

Thanks in advance for any tips!

Oh, and check out the festival web site for some chowish-themed films, including "A Touch of Spice" (a Greek film about the love of food), "Short Order" ('sex, dark humor, and food'), and "China Man" (a newly divorced man eats his way through the menu of his local Chinese restaurant).



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