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Aug 15, 2006 12:48 AM

Friday night in Mpls

We will be going to a concert on Friday night at the Target Center. It would be most convenient to eat somewhere within walking distance. Any suggestions for fun atmosphere, good steak/seafood? Also, since we'll be up there for the weekend, my husband is wondering about a great German restaurant. Thanks!

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  1. The quintessential steak restaurant is two blocks away from Target Center on 6th. That is Murray's. It hasn't changed since the 40s. Seafood would be McCormick & Schmick's on 9th and Nicollet Mall about 4 blocks away. German? Not great but certainly an enjoyable place is Gluek's on 6th a block away. There are a lot of other restaurants to choose from. Another steak restaurant would be the Capitol Grill on Hennepin a couple of blocks away.

    1. Seafood would be the Oceanaire - in the Hyatt Regency at Nicollet Mall and 11th (not McCormick & Scmick's). Manny's (terrific steak) is accross the hall in the same hotel. For German - you need to get in a car and go to Nicollet Ave / eat street to Black Forest Inn - about a 10 min drive from downtown.

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      1. re: MSP Flyer

        I love the patio at Black Forest Inn--wonderful this time of year. I had a lovely rabbit dish with a nice Riesling there this time of year about two years ago. One of my fondest Mpls moments ever.


      2. Black Forest Inn----that might be what he's remembering... Is it full of schtick---like liederhosen and dirndls?

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        1. re: maxwelz

          I logged back in to say I also like the red cabbage sauerkraut at Black Forest. I don't remember the schtick as much at Black Forest because my strongest memory was eating on the patio. I ate inside once, and mostly I remember it being dark'ish--I think there were dark wooden booths.

          The place I remember that's more full of schtick and decorated like a German beer hall is Glockenspiel on West 7th in St. Paul--they have an accordian player on Fridays and Saturdays and (though I've never tried it) live polka on Wednesdays. I've also never been for their fish fry on Fridays. I like Glockenspiel--I think the appetizer platter is fantastic--and your entree is bound to be very good if you order one of the menu specials for the night.


          605 7th St W
          St Paul, MN 55102
          (651) 292-9421


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            If German food is a must, you can take a bus from downtown to the Black Forest. The number 18 bus runs down Nicollet and goes right past the restaurant - get off at 26th Ave.


            Me, I'm not a fan of their food (although the beer is good and the patio is great), so I would stay downtown. I would go to Solera, because I love Spanish food. But that's my non-steak-eating tastebuds talking...


            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I agree with Anne that the menu at Black Forest is not universally exceptional. Unfortunately. :(

              I thought the rabbit and the red sauerkraut were standouts.


        2. I believe the question said "walking distance" from the Target Center. If you feel you need to try to recommend the best then I suggest flying to Boston for seafood, Dallas for steak and Munich, Germany for German. ;)

          What might help better is what to stay away from around the Target Center.

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          1. re: Davydd

            Davydd's right--you can't realistically walk to Glockenspiel from the Target Center. I've never tried to walk to Black Forest Inn--I'm sure it's not impossible in terms of distance, but I'm not sure what it's like in terms of "neighborhood security" shall we say.

            Whereever you decide to go, don't forget to come back and tell us about it!


          2. Have fun at the concert -

            Steak - Mannys or murrarys would be better (vs. capital grill/ruth chris/mortons)

            seafood - oceanarie is much better than McCormick &S (which is average)

            all 3 of those recommended are spendy and I'd call ahead - longish walk from target (10 blocks?) Murrays is only a few blocks away (2 or 3) -

            Plently of average places closer to Target - check out 112 eatery which is a few blocks away. Call ahead as well.

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            1. re: St Paul Susie

              I agree about the "oceanaire." They have a great oyster selection and the fish is fresh...though some of their non-seafood items are disappointing. I was not impressed with the food at McCormicks and our waitress treated us like children. Sushi, which was forever a problem when I was living in Minneapolis, is best at Nami if you are downtown. And it's actually pretty affordable too. Good luck.