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Need {Recent}restaurant/food recommendations for area around Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN

We are going to Rochester MN on 2/6/07 for approximately 2 weeks while I am treated at Mayo Clinic.

I have read older postings on here and understand that we are not going to the gourmet capital of the world. However, while we are here, we would like to have some ideas as to where to eat other than chains. I am looking for some places that we can go together before I am admitted as inpatient and some places for my husband to eat lunch/ dinner while I am in hospital.

We like American, Asian, Greek, Italian, Seafood/Fish, Steak, Italian. Not looking for mexican as we get plenty of that at home. He would also enjoy brew pubs or micrbrewery places. Any recommendations for local beers?

I have done searches on here and lots of the posts are dated. I have looked at rochester websites and have names of places, but not much else to go on as to quality of food.

For the meals for the two of us, price really isn't too important. When he eats alone, he is willing to pay less and have a decent meal with a good [preferably great] beer.

We are staying: Spring Suites on 2nd and I have came upon these possibilities:
Michael's Restaurant;
Bilotti's Italian Village;
Broadstreet Cafe & Bar;
Chardonnay;
City Cafe Mixed Grille & Bar;
City Market;
Newt's;
The RedWood Room;S
Shady Hill Grille

Thanks so much for your insights.
Debi

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  1. First of all, best of luck to you. While I was there for my stay at the Mayo, I learned to LOVE the food at Victoria's. It's right downtown, easy access to the Mayo and a relaxing atmosphere. Good for lunch or dinner.

    http://www.victoriasmn.com/

    In fact, the day I was released from Mayo and not even so lucid, we went straight to Victoria's for too much food. It was wonderful - I loved all of the chicken dishes (didn't have any steak or seafood) but the chicken dishes were classic, delicious and soothing to the soul (I am an east coast Sicilian and am miserably disappointed with most Italian food restaurants). I also don't order red sauces for pasta because, again I am disappointed so I don't even bother. I loved everything I had at Victoria's......

    Again, best of luck and Godspeed.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and suggestion. The older post on here seem to indicate that Victoria's was less than good.

      Glad to get a differing opinion -- when were you there?

      Debi

      1. I was there well over a year ago - I found the food comforting and good. Of course, it all depends on individual taste. Being Italian, we were pretty much raised to avoid Italian restaurants (even though we had two in our family). I enjoyed Victoria's very much - and would love to hear, if you go, what your experience was like. Of course a lot can change in time and it's been a bit.

        1. You'll be excited to hear that Rochester Magazine just came out with its Best Restaurant edition. Pick one up. Some suggestions are excellent, others appear to have stuffed the ballot box.

          Do try Sontes - a new tapas restaurant just a couple of blocks from the clinic. 40 wines by the glass plus excellent food, atmosphere. The scallop dish and the chirizo stuffed dates are notable.

          Michael's is old school. My parents love it as do most of the Rochester traditionals. Ask to sit in the library. Steaks are their specialty.

          Zorba's for Greek - on 7th Street NW and 11th Avenue. Try their chicken. Nice family. Mac's is close to the Clinic, but nothing special.

          Prescott's is about 20 blocks south of the Clinic. Great food and even better wine. The stuffed pork chop was voted the best dish -- a surprising choice to me. Try their pear salad.

          While at the Clinic, Victoria's is close and always a sure thing. They actually have a hidden jewel location called "Victoria's Express". It only does take out, but has a huge salad selection. If you're on the run, ask an employee to direct you.

          City Cafe, Broadstreet, the Redwood Room and Zubay's are all owned by the same people. City Cafe was again the best restaurant. Nice for dinner. Redwood has live music every night and a great menu. I don't seem to go to these as much as other places. They seem over-priced to me without enough return.

          Local beers don't exist. Try Whistle Binkie's (about 30 blocks north) for good, different bar food and more types of beers than you can imagine (for Rochester, that is).

          Good luck with your visit. Hope all goes well.

          1. Thanks for the great info! Most appreciated. Debi