Local eats near Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis?
I'll be in Minneapolis the first weekend in May and staying at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Can anyone recommend any good, affordable, locally-owned places to eat within walking distance? Also, are there any local specialty shops with regional or locally-produced foods nearby, or else farmers' markets in the area that are close on foot or else reachable by whatever public transport might be available?
I returned yesterday from Minneapolis and had a great time. Thanks for your recommendations. I didn't get to Hell's Kitchen to eat but I did manage to take home a loaf of sausage bread.
On Thursday I enjoyed lunch at Spoonriver. It's a beautiful, sunny space with great service. The chicken quesadillas were outstanding.
Thursday night was a work-related party at Brit's Pub, and I did sample their fish and chips before leaving because of a migraine. Pretty good.
Friday night was my highlight, because I had the most outstanding meal at Fire Lake. It's a beautiful restaurant and the service was very good. But the food was amazing. (They use locally-raised produce and meats, which is important to me.) I had the Minnesota salad made with cranberry-wild rice croutons, local chevre, corn, and other veggies, and it was delicious. I chose the heirloom cornmeal-dusted walleye and it was cooked to perfection. I can practically taste it right now, it was so good. If I hadn't stuffed myself silly I would have had dessert. Really, that was the best meal I've had in any state in recent memory.
Saturday night was a work-related private dinner at Cafe Brenda. Brenda herself is a warm and kind woman, and her food was very good.
Nye's for a post-dinner polka party was crazy. What a place.
Again, thanks for your recommendations!
Nicollet ave is right outside your door. If you hang a left you will find the neighborhood restaurants. Go right and most of it is going to be more corporate. All of the suggestions are good. Ill add the New Delhi as a fun option. Its about a block and a half (the left side) and they have great appetizer specials for happy hour. Its good Indian food, lots of veggie options too. If you are bored at night they have local bands that play blues, country and rock. For mexican, keep going down the block to Salsa a la Salsa. Very fresh. Good luck and have fun!
Also try Peter's Grill, IIRC they're on 8th or 9th & Marquette, for old-style cafe/restaurant meals. They specialize in comfort foods. Ike's is a retro-place bar/restaurant that has fun food inspired by long-gone local dining institutions & right next door is Murray's Steak House a kitchsy but good steak place, both are a higher price point than Peters. They're located on 6th at Nicollet across the street from the City Center Mall.
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The Mpls St Paul magazine featured restaurants with organic and/or local food in their March issue. Luckily, this info is now online.
Of the restaurants listed, Cafe Brenda, Spoonriver, and Cue are in downtown Mpls, and Lucia's (in Uptown) is easy to get to by bus. The Birchwood Cafe is the most affordable of the bunch - the same quality as a fancy-pants restaurant at a fraction of the cost - and is in a nice neighborhood a few miles from downtown; their web site explains how to get there by bus.
You're in luck - the Mill City Farmer's Market open on Saturday, May 5. This small, high-quality outdoor market has only local organic food.
You can walk over to the river (it's next to the Guthrie Theater) or take the bus/light rail.
I second the recommendation for Nicollet Ave/Eat Street. Almost everything past 14th & Nicollet is locally owned. I really like Jasmine Deli and Pho Tau Bay for Vietnamese food.
Here's another thread about dining near downtown Mpls:
Yes. Check out Hell's Kitchen for Breakfast or lunch. There was an excellent article posted today about this place. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38545...
Farmers market will be right outside your hotel room on Thursdays but might be kind of limited in May (not too much grows here in April). Otherwise there is a daily market about 1mi from your hotel every morning (It's actually kind of lively on the weekends). There are many fine dining choices within walking distance of your hotel, but if you are a little more adventurous Try tackling the section of Nicollet Avenue known as "Eat Street" (I hate the name but it gives you an idea what is there). It's a 10 block area with many ethnic places between Franklin (20th) and Lake st (30th) on Nicollet. You can take the #18 bus from night in front of your hotel.