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Oct 16, 2008 11:47 AM

dinkytown dining with kids [MSP]

We are headed to dinkytown tomorrow night for a game and want to take the kids somewhere fun and tasty. Any suggestions. You can leave out the Big 10 as the spouse doesn't care for their food. It's been years since I've been down there to eat!

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  1. how about pagoda? it's got a *huge* pan-asian menu with surprisingly good execution on most items i've tried, and surprisingly good service for dinkytown. it's also not too expensive, get lots of items for a variety of tastes, and share! alternately, the loring pasta bar is a very cool space that kids seem to love. the food is imho not stellar though.

    Pagoda Dinkytown
    1417 4th Street S E, Minneapolis, MN

    Loring Pasta Bar
    327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    1. I'd suggest Pagoda. They have a really nice menu of all types of Asian food and has a family vibe to it. And what kid doesn't like noodles and/or rice?

      1. Soupkitten came up with my first two suggestions. Depending on age/adventurousness of your kids, you can also go a little upscale with Kafe 421 or a little downscale with Annie's Parlour.

        Just FYI, you should add a little time to get through any restaurant in Dinkytown on some game nights.

        Kafe 421
        421 14th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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        1. re: bob s

          Hmm. Link to Annie's didn't work, even though it said that it had been added....

          Annie's Parlour
          313 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

        2. thanks! pagoda might be the ticket...we are going to head to Midtown Global market-eating our way downtown! Big day out over MEA!

          1. You can't go wrong with Annie's. It's a burger joint, so don't expect anything fancy, but their burgers are top notch. The fries are of the skin-on fresh cut variety, and the malts.... Let's just say it's almost a sin to go there and NOT have a malt.

            Definitely a place your kids will love. Service can be spotty sometimes, but I've never had bad food.

            TIP: a half order of fries will serve two. I'm not kidding here, I eat a lot of fries and I sometimes have trouble finishing off a half order with my girlfriend. Burgers don't come with fries by default, you can order a "side" of fries for everyone but I'd suggest ordering a full or couple half orders instead.

            Annie's Parlour
            313 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414