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suetibu Aug 25, 2009 12:06 PM

Hi, I am attending a conference in downtown Minneapolis (Hilton) and staying at the Radisson (3 blocks away, connected to skyway).
I will be traveling solo but still want to walk/explore the city (2 evenings).. So what neighbourhood/cuisine should i visit to get a taste of the city.

Also any good breakfast/lunch places in downtown(3 lunches/breakfasts) I should check out?


  1. k
    KTFoley Aug 25, 2009 02:40 PM

    This recent request is nearly identical to yours, and so is a good starting place for answering your query. If you have already done some board searching, or if you have something more specific in mind -- tastes, budget, etc. -- those might be details that would lead to different answers.


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    1. re: KTFoley
      suetibu Aug 26, 2009 11:47 AM

      Thank you.. I am considering 112 eatery and Alma for my two dinners. And hopefully the weather holds for a nice walks near the lakes..


      1. re: suetibu
        jfood Aug 26, 2009 12:55 PM

        reservations a must at 112, also a good idea at alma

        1. re: suetibu
          tex.s.toast Aug 26, 2009 12:57 PM

          Those are very strong choices, perhaps even the definitive 1-2 punch. As an fyi Alma is only a short block and a half from the stone arch bridge, which, while not over a river, provides a striking view of the river and downtown and the guthrie, well worth the stoll over.

          1. re: tex.s.toast
            JC65 Aug 27, 2009 12:15 PM

            The stone arch bridge doesn't just cross a river, it crosses the Mississippi River.

            1. re: JC65
              tex.s.toast Aug 27, 2009 09:53 PM

              errr, yeah, my post is nonsensical - i think i meant its not over a lake (as the OP had indicated an interest in walking around a lake) but when i said "the river and downtown" i meant "The River" as in mississippi.

      2. bob s Aug 27, 2009 05:23 AM

        To answer your second question:

        1) Hell's Kitchen, a board favorite, sits smack between the Hilton and the Radisson. It's swamped for breakfast/brunch on the weekend, but is probably manageable for a weekday. (I assume your conference is during the week). I haven't been to it since it moved last year, so I don't know whether or not the crowds are as bad.

        2) The Bombay Bistro in the Medical Arts Building has a good Indian buffet at lunch time. Note that there are 2 Bombay Bistros near each other and they have different menus (but both have a buffet). The one that I'm recommending is inside the Medical Arts Building, which you would enter from either Nicollet or 9th Street. (The 9th Street entrance is just north of Hell's Kitchen). The other one - which is fine, but not as good - faces Marquette Avenue.

        A couple of other points: I believe that the Radisson is more than 3 blocks away from the Hilton. It's definitely walkable in 10-15 minutes, though. It will seem much further if you use the Skyway. The Skyway system is great, but it's convoluted - particularly down by the Hilton.

        Also, I'm not sure what Tex was meant when he said that the Stone Arch Bridge is not over a river. It does, in fact, cross the Mississippi.

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        1. re: bob s
          notspicyenough Aug 27, 2009 12:58 PM

          I think he meant that it's an understatement to just say it crosses " a river ", when that river is the Mississippi.

          1. re: notspicyenough
            tex.s.toast Aug 27, 2009 09:54 PM

            a nice effort to salvage meaning from my post - i just had a brain fart wherein i substituted river for lake (see the note above). oops

        2. j
          JimGrinsfelder Aug 27, 2009 10:27 PM

          Traveling solo and eating at Alma and 112, I recommend the bar seating. You'll have more people to talk to than if you sit at a table. 'Course if you're an introvert, go for the tables.

          The bar seating is usually not reserved and it's usually got one seat open and they serve the whole menu in both places.

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          1. re: JimGrinsfelder
            jfood Aug 28, 2009 05:31 AM


            Jfood is not sure how often you have tried the solo bar seat at both these restaurants but there is a MAJOR difference between obtaining a seat and the experience once seated.

            112 is a freakin' nightmare to get a bar seat, jfood has about a 50% success rate. Once seated the chairs are extremely close together and there is very little room for the service. It is almost like eating in coach on an airplane.

            Alma on the other hand is a wonderful place for a solo bar experience and obtaining a seat is much easier, jfood is batting 100% there. Plus the experience is much more pleasant at Alma versus 112.

            The lighting is also quite different, 112 is much darker and Alma has a much lighter feel due to the large expanse of windows.

            1. re: jfood
              JimGrinsfelder Aug 30, 2009 06:52 AM


              I guess I got lucky at 112. I've only been there once, there was a 2 hour wait for a table but three open seats at the bar within 5 minutes. It's a tighter experience, but I had conversations with two groups of people at 112.

              1. re: JimGrinsfelder
                suetibu Sep 1, 2009 08:07 AM

                Thank you all. Noted!! I will be sure to check out the Stone Arch Bridge. I am also considering the Sea Salt eatery. It would be on my train ride to the airport and if I have time, I could stop to eat dinner..

                Be there this week!

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