Dinner near the Dakota and/or State Theatre [MSP]
We'll be seeing a couple of shows in the next couple of weeks -- one at the Dakota and one at the State Theatre. I've heard that the food at the Dakota is overpriced for what you actually get. So I'm seeking other suggestions for near-by options. Both shows are on weeknights and both start around 7. I'm not seeking fine dining options so much as recommendations for good food of pretty much any sort within walking distance of either theatre. (We'll be with not-so-adventurous eaters for the Dakota show but it'll just be us for the one at the State Theatre and we love Thai, Indian, and Japanese, and are willing to try just about anything.)
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112 Eatery downtown is a must. It is walkable (about 10 minutes) from the State. They food is well priced and one of the best in town. Downtown does not really cater to cheap food, you have to go elsewhere to find that. You should call and get a reservation at 112.
I agree that the food at the Dakota is a titch high in price, but I think taht the food itself is pretty good.
Masa is fairly close on Nicollet and has good modern Mexican. For the less adventurous, I'd suggest Zelo - also a block or so away on Nicollet. A bit further - 6 blocks or so - is Eli's which has better than average bar food.
I've not been to Dancing Ganesha, but it is definitely within walking distance of the State Theatre. It's owned by the same folks as Nala Pak, an Indian place up on Central that's loved by some on the board.
As far as pricing goes, I think Masa and Zelo will be a little more expensive than Eli's or Dancing Ganesha. All would be less than most meals at 112 (although you can go higher with Masa and go cheaper at 112 depending on how you order.)
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Eli's Bar & Grill
1225 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Dancing Ganesha Restaurant
1100 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403