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A coworker's daughter is hospitalized at Mpls Children's - we want to buy a resto cift certificate for a place nearby so they don't have to take the time to go home to cook. She seems to have pretty good chow sensibility, so hopefully there's something out there that fits the bill AND has great food to boot.

Criteria:
- within a mile of Mpls Children's Hospital (around Chicago and 25th St.)
- vegetarian-friendly
- toddler-friendly
- casual

Any recommendations?

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  1. I would say that Midtown Global Market fits all of your criteria:
    -A few blocks south on Chicago--easy walking distance.
    -Plenty of vegetarian options from several of the vendors
    -Our two-year-old loves to play in the little playground
    -Casual? yes! Like a food court, only with GOOD chow.

    The only thing is that I don't know if there is any sort of Gift Certificate available from the.

    Perhaps their delivery service (which delivers to Children's HospitalIIRC) hhas a GC:
    http://www.waysdelivers.com/

    EoS

    http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/

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    1. re: EarlOfSandwich

      I'll second that , and go so far as to say it's the definitive choice.

    2. If only the East-Lake Pasta Shop (or whatever they're going to call it) was open already ...

      1. The Midtown Global Market is a great suggestion! There are two sit-down, table-service restaurants that might do gift certificates even if the MGM food booths don't.

        A La Salsa (Mexican): 612-872-4140
        http://midtownglobalmarket.org/?q=nod...

        Chang Bang (pan-Asian): 612-872-8665
        http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/?q...

        As an alternative, Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue) is under a mile away - there are lots of choices there. Evergreen Chinese Restaurant (Nicollet & 24th) is EXTREMELY vegetarian friendly and very casual - I would think it's fine for a toddler. But I'm not sure if they do gift certificates.

        http://www.vegguide.org/vendor/view.h...

        Ecopolitan is all-vegan, all-raw food, and is roughly a mile away (at 24th & Lyndale). But I've never been there, so I don't know how child-friendly it is.

        http://www.ecopolitan.com/restaurant-...

        Mysore Cafe is a little further away (Hennepin & 28th), and serves all-vegetarian Indian food. Again, I haven't been there, so I'm not sure about the child-friendliness and gift certificate situation. Other chowhounds might be able to pitch in, here.

        http://www.vegguide.org/vendor/view.h...

        Best wishes for your co-worker's daughter!

        Anne

        1. Another option in the opposite direction is Maria's Cafe. It's open for breakfast and lunch, but is very kid friendly.

          I've walked to Maria's from Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which is just south of Children's.

          http://www.mariascafe.com

          1. Bless you. Our son spent 6 weeks at that Children's when he was born. Thinking about feeding ourselves was secondary, but necessary, and the cafeteria option in the hospital itself (or Abbott) is, well, inadequate. Wonderful, wonderful staff at that hospital, though.

            Just a bit further on 26th from 26th and Nicollet is Tacos Morelos. I'd bet it would have something vegetarian friendly. Although I'm not too into Mexican, but it seems to me bean burritos are a must for all Mexican places. And I'd bet they'd do a GC, too.

            Morelos is definately toddler friendly - we were introduced to it by friends with a toddler., who often played with the owners' little girl.

            Although I have to say, the delivery option is a good idea, too. We didn't venture to Global Market - I'm not sure it was even completely open for business then.

            1. Well, the group decided to do something closer to their home, so we opted for the Birchwood Cafe. Sorry for asking for recs then not using them as I said I would! I still appreciate the info though - thanks!

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              1. re: diesel

                I would have recommended the Birchwood, as it meets the kid- and vegetarian-friendly requirements, but it's a bit further away. Your group did well!

                Anne