Inexpensive dinner tonight (Monday) in Mpls
OK, on a whim my SO and I are spending the night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. I would love to go someplace new and great to eat, and I have lots of ideas if we go someplace spendy (or with sort of normal downtown foodie-place prices). But I'd really be excited to find someplace inexpensive-- as in, where the two of us can share an appetizer, each have a decent entree and spend something like $40?
The other catch? It's Monday. My first craving was for Gardens of Salonica, but not on Mondays, sadly. Wanted to try the Strip Club, too, but ditto.
Any recommendations? Walking distance from the Hyatt would be great (Nicollet Mall near Grant), but we are also happy to drive. We both love all kinds of food-- Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai may be out tonight, though, because we've been eating a lot of that lately.
I would go to Brasa. Not too far (but still a drive from DT). Certainly not asian. If you haven't been there this year they've added beef to the chicken and pork. Two people can get out of there for $40 if you don't drink.
Brasa's pretty far, especially in traffic (the 35W bridge is still closed, so Hennepin across the river is an absolute mess).
I know none of these places are new, but you might best be served by hitting some of the old contemptibles along Nicollet Mall - The Local, Brit's. Or some of the places just off Nicollet - Ike's.
You could do small plates at Saffron in the warehouse district, and probably hit your $40 goal. You could probably swing it at Cafe Brenda, also.
You could also walk three blocks south on Nicollet to India House and or Salsa a la Salsa. Neither of these are great, but are both quite serviceable.
If you felt like driving south on Nicollet, I would suggest Peninsula Malaysian. It's pretty "authentic" (a phrase I use cautiously), and a nice setting, and relatively inexpensive.
and now for the places links
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
123 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
300 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Salsa A La Salsa
1420 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ike's Food & Cocktails
50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
1400 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine
2608 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
We ended up at The Local (I should have been specific-- most places downtown would be new to me since I don't make it up there much). I had the bison burger, which was great. He had the pot roast, which I assume was great because he didn't share. :) We started with the baked artichoke dip, which I liked but was incredibly rich.
So for two of the higher-priced entrees and one mid-priced app, we got out of there with a tab of $47 plus tip. Not bad!