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Nov 3, 2009 05:49 AM

MSP - Dining with infant in downtown Minneapolis

Any recommendations on a place where a 6 month old will be welcomed in Downtown Minneapolis? The closer to Nicollet Mall, the better.

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  1. Could you give more guidance please? Lunch or dinner? Any certain types of food? Price range? I have a 20 mo and can certainly relate but it depends on the baby too. Too early for a high chair, so do you need room (big table or booth) for a carrier? Will you wear the baby in a sling? Do you need to feel able to nurse while there? (I have many places, btw.) Anything would help :)

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    1. re: dahlsk

      Thanks for the feedback. Here's a little more information. I am looking for a place to eat and have a beer on a weekend afternoon before the Hollidazzle. There will be 4 or 5 of us plus our baby. We'll probably bottle feed for convenience so breastfeeding won't be necessary.

      I've been to Brit's, the Local, and Barrio before baby but all of these places area usually packed at this time. Honestly, our baby doesn't mind all the commotion and we usually don't either, but if people are standing shoulder to shoulder it won't be comfortable for anyone. Also, we can't just squeeze in a small table in the bar - we will likely have a carrier.

      We are open to different types of food and would expect to pay the average downtown prices - nothing too fancy. I'm thinking Hell's Kitchen might work or maybe Keys. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

      Hell's Kitchen
      80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    2. Many options, are you trying to keep it quiet? does baby like commotion. MSP is all non smoking in restaurants so that is not a factor. I would have taken my baby to almost anywhere downtown, but not necessarily during happy hour. What date and time are you planning?

      For the record-I took my 3 week old to Brits (a British pub with a great patio) on a Summer evening.

      1. We generally take our baby (now 13 months old) every where we go, in terms of eating out. When she was younger we generally restricted ourselves to lunch out but these days we will do dinner too. It's generally ridiculously early but she goes to bed about 7.30 - 8pm so there's not a lot that can be done. Eating early does have the advantage, on the other hand, of restaurants being rather quiet and you don't have to feel like you are bothering anyone if your child decides to start screaming! The only places we've been without her- Alma & Meritage- were because we were on date night.

        So in downtown Mpls (which I will admit, is not our stomping grounds), we've taken our daughter to Vincent's (this was brunch though, lots of kids were there babies on up), Hell's Kitchen (several times for lunch). Town Hall Brewery - not very downtown I guess but we go there all the time with the baby. hmmm, we really don't eat downtown very much, I guess!

        For the most part, I have found that restaurants in the Twin Cities are pretty fine with having a kid with you, whatever age.

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        1. re: turtlebella

          Thanks. Hell's Kitchen might work. We love Town Hall too, but it's a little too far from where we will be.

        2. The Local has these little nook type rooms that would be good for your family, but that place is packed during Happy Hour, so not good for a weekday dinner.

          Worst case scenario, there is always Panera.

          1. Here's a whole review on Heavy Table about taking kids to The Modern in NE.