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Jul 19, 2007 08:30 PM

Looking for great eats in Minneapolis

I am going to be in Minneapolis for a week (next week!) without a car, and I am looking for some great places to eat. I am staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown (nicollet mall) and it would be nice to find some places within walking distance, but I am willing to ride buses, too.

I am partial to local favorites and products (walleye, anyone?) , asian food of all types, and great breakfasts.

I read an earlier post and followed a link to the Midtown Global Market - can anyone clue me in to where that is?

Any sugestions are greatly appreciated!

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  1. Midtown global market is about 2 miles from the Hyatt. It's on Lake and Chicago.

    however you are near (actually on) "eatstreet" which is nicollet ave between about
    24th and 31st. There are many places that meet your criteria. Try Jasmine Deli
    or Quang for Vietnamese. There are lots a search for eatstreet. I'm sure someone can direct you to a thread regarding this. For walleye, you may have to venture to saint paul(Tavern on Grand)..Keep in mind though that walleye is pretty much..just..white fish kind of like tilapia I think, just more expensive. Ok, let me have it.

    Midtown Global Market
    920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Quang Pastry & Deli
    2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Jasmine Deli
    2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Tavern On Grand
    656 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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    1. re: cherrylime

      oh and Yummy Cheng. Awful name but the last time I was there it was great.
      Hong Kong style chinese w/ fresh fish from tanks on the premises. I love the salt and pepper crab.

      Yummy [Closed - Now Relax Exotic Cuisine]
      2450 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    2. Right around the corner from the Hyatt is one of my favorite restaurants in Mpls, King & I Thai. They have a terrific lounge -- try the passion fruit margarita. I've liked everything I've ever eaten (and drank!) there except the larb, but I'm learning that I just don't like larb. They make a shrimp and scallop dish with coconut milk that is out of this world. I'll also admit to loving the cream cheese rolls and their egg rolls as well.

      If you're feeling spendy, try Vincent on Nicollet Mall (right next to Brit's Pub, which you should skip unless you feel like a Newcastle). They serve great French food, but I actually prefer the bar food. The croque monsieur, among a generous list of other simple dishes, is delicious.

      One of the best breakfasts in Mpls is Hell's Kitchen, which is also walking distance from the hotel. Ask the concierge for the cross streets and it'll take you 5 minutes to get there. They make so many great things: bison sausage bread, a wild rice porridge, and I love the rosti potatoes -- hash browns with bacon, scallions, and so on. They are also known for their lemon ricotta hotcakes and for their pajama-wearing staff.

      Solera on Hennepin (about a 10 minute walk from the Hyatt) is also great for tapas. 'Haven't been there in a while, but I've always enjoyed eating there.

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      1. re: slowfoodgrrl

        Hell's Kitchen has a Walleye BLT (the W.B.L.T.), so you can get your walleye fix there. But me, I'd order the lemon-ricotta pancakes - they're amazing.


        Hell's Kitchen
        80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

      2. You're within walking distance of Eat Street (Nicollet Ave). Good job!

        Safari Restaurant (1424 Nicollet) is a Somali restaurant (one of Minneapolis's many, though this one has English-speaking staff and numerous non-Somali customers) with excellent beef suqqar. In a certain way, Somali food is "local" in Minneapolis, since the city probably has more Somali restaurants and grocers per capita than most any other city in the nation.

        1. In the Hyatt is 2 good restaurants - Oceanaire for great seafood, and Manny's for steak. Oceanaire sometimes has walleye - what they have varies daily, based on availability. Tavern on Grand is not a good place to go to if you are without a car.

          Midtown Global Market would require that you either take 2 buses - the 18 South to Lake Street, and then the 21 East to Chicago. OR take a cab - I'm thinking it would be a $10-15 ride. It has a lot of great food options on the cheap. Mostly ethnic. I love, love, love the place, and it's best for cheap eats, but you can get better food and abmience in downtown. (not food court ambience) I would not really traipse over there, if I were downtown without transport. There is better stuff closer.

          On Eat Street, you have 2 good "authentic" Mexican options. Pancho Villa is the best, and Salsa a la Salsa is good, too (and closer). Avoid Tacos Morelos.

          My favorite Mexican is Masa, on 11th and Nicollet. It's upscale and modern. Think Rick Bayless. I love that place - best churros in the world, too.

          Asian. My two favorite picks are Azia - very hip, very upscale, and VERY delicious. Evergreen is the other. Not upscale - very typical Chinese place, but extremely good food, and very authentic. It actually has a lot of Taiwanese dishes, too, and does vegetarian perfectly - they even use different pans. One is 11 blocks South, and the other is 13 blocks South, but it's a really easy dozen or so blocks. Grab an 18 bus, which runs right in front of your hotel, and drives you straight there, or the cab ride would be about $5/6. Evergreen is more affordable and Azia is hipper. While both are excellent, they tag at different dining experiences that I love equally.

          You'll pass Ping's Chinese on the way to Evergreen, Quang's and Azia. It's not terrible, and they'll deliver to your hotel room. The other places mentioned have better food, though.

          The no brainer breakfast option is Hell's Kitchen. 10th and Nicollet. It's superb, and walkable from the hotel. I see it's mentioned already.

          Vincent is good, and pretty cheap if you hit them during happy hour and take advantage of the specials. It's also really close.

          Solera is terrific for tapas. Very happening place.

          Manhattan's seems like a good recommendation, although I haven't tried it. It's on 8th and LaSalle - walkable.

          Saffron is upscale Middle Eastern. You might need a cab, but it's in downtown. The ride would be cheap. I think it's about a 10 block walk.

          112 Eatery is sort of place to beat, outside of La Belle Vie (probably the best of the fine dining in town). LBV is a longish walk through Loring Park. 112 is walkable, but wear good shoes - it's over a mile. Cheap cab ride. 112 is simply foodie heaven.

          Those are pretty much my picks for the strict downtown area, or something reasonably close.

          I'm sure you know this, but I highly recommend checking out online menus first. With the Mexican, the two "authentic" places - quotes for a good reason - you will get what most Americans expect from authentic Mexican. Masa is, all things considered, equally authentic, but pulls at a different muscle. Check out the web site to make sure you know what you're getting into.

          If you want pizza delivery, I highly recommend Pizza Luce. You could go there to eat, even. Hearty Italian, and inventive pizzas.

          Hell's Kitchen
          80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
          2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
          123 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Vincent A Restaurant
          1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Azia Restaurant
          2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Ping's Szechuan Bar & Grill
          1401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Oceanaire Seafood Room
          1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          823 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          112 Eatery
          112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          La Belle Vie
          510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

          900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Pancho Villa Restaurant
          2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Salsa A La Salsa
          1420 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Manny's Steakhouse
          825 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55402

          Pizza Luce Downtown
          119 N 4th St Ste 508, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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          1. re: pgokey

            The #5 bus goes from 8th Street and Nicollet to Lake and Chicago.


            Rooftop pleasures are to be found though the food at both these spots is debated by some. I like them both: Joe's Garage and Brit's Pub.

            Joe's Garage
            1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

            Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
            1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          2. Oops - one more place. Good, cheap Middle Eastern is to be had at Jerusalem's. The restaurants shape and decor is a hoot, too. Belly dancing on the weekends, too.

            Let the debating begin. :)

            Jerusalem's Restaurant
            1518 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403