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Our Favorite Lunch Spots

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At Superhuman, we love lunch. We’ve searched for the best pho, ramen, and falafel in this city, and we’ve been having fun finding our new go-to lunch spots since we moved into our new office. Eating together is a break from work, a chance to re-energize for the rest of the day, and have good conversation. We know it’s important to take time out of our day to clear our heads and connect on a personal level, and even as we’re growing we still find time to sit down all together to eat. As Stacy says “always good eats, always good jokes.”

Where’s your favorite place for lunch?

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“Probably Ichiddo because the ramen is DOPE. And we usually all go together which is fun.”

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“iPho, because I like sharing my heritage with everyone, and it accommodates a large group.”

“iPho. They have the best food, they are super fast and they have great round tables for our large group. The only down side is the drive, but it’s worth it.”

“Anywhere with pho. First, it’s simply a superior form of food. And there’s a special form of bonding that happens when everyone is navigating the complicated mechanics of wily vegetables, a chaos of noodles, and a pot of near-boiling water. It’s a great equalizer, and you can learn a lot about the choices people make: Are they adventurous enough for tripe at midday? Do they soldier through the broth by the spoonful, or boldly take bowl in hands and publicly slurp? How many jalapeños is still ‘fun?'”

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“Famous Dave’s. We’ve started a great new tradition of gorging on meat n’ barbecue sauce, and washing it down with cornbread. I also love going to Amazing Thailand to get green curry and a fresh young coconut.”

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“That’s easy! Red Cow. It’s the perfect lunch menu. Plus there’s always room for a crowd and their truffle fries can’t be beat!”

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“I love a good toasted gourmet sandy like the ones found at the cheese shop at Lake Wine & Spirits.”

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“Quang’s. I tried pho for the first time with my Superhuman team there and fell in love with it. It just feels like ‘our place’ to me now.”

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“Going to Sushi Tango is fun because they always have room for our group, and I like sharing all the different sushi rolls.”

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“Lunds, Kowalski’s, etc. I love soup and being able to pick and choose sides and stuff. It’s quick, delicious, and healthy. And we can eat back at the space! Which hasn’t lost its charm yet.”

The Pho-Files: Our Guide to the Pho ‘Round Town

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When lunchtime rolls around at Superhuman, one word comes up most: pho. There’s nothing like some hot noodle soup full of fresh herbs to warm our bellies for the afternoon.

Grant points out some of the advantages of pho. “Overall I like how the price of pho is reasonable, unlike ramen. Also it doesn’t leave me feeling as bloated and dehydrated.” Drew has been unable to stop coming up with wordplay for talking about pho. “We’ve had pho so many times in the last three months that I can’t stop coming up with puns including ‘pho’… I’m sure it’s pho-nnoying for everyone!”

Here are the notes from our quest for the town’s best pho.


The jumbo at iPho is truly as big as a sink


It’s great for pho-to opps

iPho Saigon
“The best Vietnamese restaurant in town. Minneapolis peeps are missing out if they never go to St. Paul. Everything is great here, including the service. The pho comes in four sizes, including jumbo. Always tastes fresh and the beef is sliced to perfection.” – Van

“Overall best pho I’ve had. Dumplings are solid, noodles and broth are great.” – Grant


“iPho in St Paul is easily one of my top recommendations for a great pho experiences. I went with a large, which was more than enough for me. But I instantly regretted not ordering the jumbo when I saw a huge bowl of goodness placed in front of Van. Could have gone swimming in it!  ” – Drew

“This pho was tasty and just about perfect. Loved the egg roll too.” – Becky


Chicken pho and egg roll at iPho


Chicken pho at Quang

“Probably the most well-known Vietnamese joint in town. Good pho. Quality can fluctuate. I’ve had great pho and mediocre bowls here.” – Van

“They have the best dumplings in their pho.” – Grant

“Quang is my mainstay. I love their chicken pho. I’m there at least once a week.” – Becky


Beef and lemongrass at Pho Hoa

Pho Hoa
“This is a global chain on Eat Street but there’s no locations in Vietnam. What? Really solid. Fast service. They have a parking lot.” – Van

“They have my favorite broth in the spicy lemongrass pho.” – Grant

“The spicy lemongrass pho at Pho Hoa on Nicollet is pho-nominal! Good stuff. ” – Drew

“Their egg rolls are extra good here. The chicken pho is good, but needs a good shake of hot sauce.” – Becky

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Steak pho at Bep


“Bep is a tiny place in the skyway of downtown Minneapolis with surprisingly great pho. Their pho is up there as the best in town with iPho. Rumor has it they are looking for a second location. This would be awesome as their pho needs to be unleashed on the masses.” – Van

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Pho Tau Bay

And some more deep cuts from Van’s pho-journal:

Pho Tau Bay
“Located at the end of Eat Street so it’s often forgotten, which might be why the hipsters dig this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Really good. They also have a parking lot.”

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
“This Vietnamese-French restaurant is a cool spot. Overall, great food and drinks. I asked for hoisin sauce once and they gave me a tiny bowl. I’m like ‘where da bottle?’ They fancy, huh.”

Trieu Chau
“Located in St. Paul on University Avenue, their pho is up there for one of the best in town. Really, really good. Gets busy with Vietnamese folks, which is a good sign.”