Whats good in downtown minneapolis?
I will be in minneapolis this weekend. I will be staying at hyatt on nicollett and was wondering what restraunts are in the area and which ones are any good. i like bbq and mexican but will eat just about anything if it tastes good. thank you for your help
Well I'll take the easy one. Just go upstairs to The Oceanaire! You have to be a seafood fan, but it's pretty good.
Two Mexican restaurants within walking distance are Salsa a la Salsa and Masa. Both are on Nicollet Mall. Salsa a la Salsa is more casual than Masa. There are also some good Vietnamese food options if you are so inclined. Enjoy your time here!
1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Salsa A La Salsa
1420 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
I know you didn't mention Thai cuisine as one of your favorites but you should checkout King and I. This is on Lasalle ave and it's right next to the Hyatt. You can go there for good (maybe not the most authentic but good) Thai food or have a nice martini (or any other drink of your choice) at their bar. Eat street is pretty close to the Hyatt as well.
re: Brad Ballinger
What do you enjoy at Market Bar-B-Que, Brad? I only ate there once at a friends recommendation and found absolutely nothing enticing enough to go back.
To the OP's question - youre staying at the southern end of nicollet mall which runs through downtown, and that puts you right between two distinct areas, eating wise. As you move towards the river into downtown there are numerous options, including the previously mentioned masa for somewhat upscale mexican, also including barrio a tequila bar with very very good drinks and excellent food owned by this years james beard award winner for the midwest, and vincent a french restaurant that gets consistently high marks. there are more, as well, and these places tend to have a more corporate, after work happy hour feel due to their location and its proximity to all the worker bees.
down the street the other way you will find "eat street" which describes nicollet between say 14th and 28th streets and contains a seriously wide range of options from vietnamese, indonesian, indian, several types of chinese, a german place, a couple mexican options among others - not all are the best examples of their kind but several are real favorites.
I don't mind Market, even though it has probably dropped in quality over the years. BBQ isn't my favorite type of cuisine, so I don't partake much. Been two years since I've been to Market, but I still prefer it over Rudolph's or Famous Dave's. I like the beef ribs better than the pork ribs.
I listed it because the OP was looking for it, and it's close.
If you're looking for an eclectic mix, try the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street and 10th Avenue. If you're looking for near by, the Newsroom (990 Nicollet Mall (at 10th Street) is always good with a variety of choices on the menu. Final recommendation for something different is Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine (2608 Nicollet Ave).
Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
990 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
I wouldn't bother with the BBQ here. I always recommend hitting a Vietnamese or Pan-Asian place for out of towners.
Gangchen (South on Nicollet) is in the latter category. They have outstanding egg drop soup and their cranberry curry is one of my favorites. Good martinis, too.
If you are willing to hop on a bus or walk 12 blocks, you can check out Quang, Jasmine Deli, or Jasmine 26. All three are outstanding Vietnamese restaurants, though 26 is the only one that serves alcohol.
If you're looking to take advantage of the expense account, Zelo and Solera are close by. Zelo has the best executions of quintessential fine dining fare that you'll find here, while Solera is a top-notch Spanish restaurant.
King and I Thai is close, but if you like your Thai food kickin', well, it isn't that.