MSP - Near Marquette & 7th
Final request, and this one is probably impossible: Decent food within walking distance of Marquette & 7th for Friday night without a reservation and with a 4-year old. Just reading that makes me laugh. But I welcome your thoughts (other than "That guy is an idiot.").
Hmmmm.... How about the Melting Pot for fondue? Not necessarily great, but it would entertain the kid. And it's two blocks away at 9th & Marquette.
Or Key's Cafe - again, not great food, but it's very four-year-old friendly. And just down the block from the Melting Pot. I can't get the places link to work - see http://www.keyscafe.com .
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
There are a couple of diner-ish places nearby where you won't get caught in either a rowdy party crowd or a fancy date-night vibe. Peter's Grill at 8th & Marquette is a classic from the 1920s, blue plate special and all. It's open until 7:30. (Sorry, the Places link is double-posting and I can't get it not to.)
And Keys Cafe at 9th & Marquette is reasonably kid-friendly:
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Keys and Peter's will both be fine for a 4 year old but I'd rate the food in both to be "meh" to "meh plus." If you're just looking for sustenance and very kid-friendly (i.e., plain) food they'll both work fine. Peters will be very quiet at 7 on Friday, I would bet.
Other possibilities for better food depend on how adventurous you and your 4 year old are. Others may or may not agree, but I think you could probably take a fairly well behaved 4 year old (and believe me, I know that's unpredictable) to places with better food. Here are some ideas:
1) Zelo. I've seen young kids in here. It's probably easy to order pasta off the menu. The bar attached to it will be busy on a Friday night, but I don't know about the dining room. If you're going, I'd try a call ahead and see if they can seat you in a quieter part of the room.
2) Ike's. Has a supper club vibe and may be crowded but again, you could call over and see how things are at 7. The food's a bit better than either Peter's or Key's. I would assume that they could do sandwiches for your 4 year old.
3) Basil's at The Marquette Hotel (are you staying there?) - Menu's a little stodgy but the food's ok - typical hotel fare. It's not overly busy at lunch time, and I bet dinner is not especially crowded at dinner.
4) B*A*N*K. A restaurant in the Westin a block away. After work on Friday, they've got music going on and a bit of a bar scene. But the room is big, and again, you could probably find a place for you and your child. I've only had lunch there, but there's at least one poster whose kids love it there. (See: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407798)
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
88 S 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Ike's Food & Cocktails
50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
710 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402
No tears or arguments here. I know some 4 year olds that I'd take to these places - others (including my own) that I probably wouldn't. The OP is the only person who knows the 4 year old in question.
My thoughts on them were that they were each probably lively enough so that a 4 year old might not be immediately noticeable if s/he made noise, but not an overwhelming bar scene.
I certainly respect your opinion and have no desire to quarrel! Just trying to avoid mediocre food.
Yes, with a 4 year old, Keys is a good suggeston. There is also Macy's Oak Grill on the 12th floor...on 7th/Nicollet...or perhaps even The News Room (not a favorite, but okay with kids).