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Nov 28, 2009 06:50 PM

Where to eat...Guthrie Theater/Minneapolis???

We are going to the Guthrie Theater tomorrow and would like to enjoy dinner, afterwards, but I'm not sure where to go. We have two teens and four adults in our party. Usually, we go to the Spaghetti Factory to please the teens but c'mon! There has to be somewhere else that's a bit less "commercial". That and I'd like to get away from the craziness that'll be happening at the Metrodome and nearby area, perhaps, we should venture to NE Mpls? We're not looking for anything too spendy, trendy, elaborate, or ethnic. The teens tend to prefer good ol' American food (They LOVE chicken!) or Italian. I'd prefer not to go to a burger joint. Totinos? Brasa? Ideas please! Thanks:-)

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  1. Totino's is closed (at least the NE location, they reopened in the suburbs somewhere).

    Harry's around the corner from the Guthrie also serves what I think you'd call "American' food. Down on N Washington you have Black Sheep which has good pizza.

    To keep within your guidelines; Brasa would appear to fit the bill. I'm not sure what "ethnic" means, so I'm not sure if it's that.

    Pizza Nea, Punch, and Ginger Hop (ethnic?) are in the area. Whitey's, Bulldog, and Mac's are also in the area but are "burger joints"/bars. Gardens of Salonica is in the area and good but Greek might be ethnic.

    1. I know you said nothing "too" spendy. But I have to recommend Sea Change alongside the Guthrie theater. Best seafood in town and you only have to park once. It's a win-win. If you want to make it a win-win-win, be adventurous and try the grilled octopus appetizer, it will change your life.

      Sea Change
      806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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      1. re: NugarifiK

        While I wholeheartedly agree with you about how sublime the food is at Sea Change, but it is one of the most expensive restaurants in town and the the above mentioned teens will HATE it, so a total waste of money in this case. I think Whiteys is a great call, as well as the Bulldog, or how about the Anchor? Not that far away on NE 13th off of University..

        1. re: seahag

          I had lunch with a friend yesterday at Sea Change. I thought it was less than sublime. The food was good, but not great. The Romaine salad with a coddled egg on the side was nice. The greens salad served with the linguine was fresh, the vinaigrette lacked flavor. My bouillabaisse was not good. Served barely warm, very thick tomato "broth"- almost like a creamy tomato soup. The fish was overcooked, broth not very flavorful. I expect fennel and/or saffron in bouillabaisse - I detected neither. The linguine was cooked perfect and was a nice portion. The sweet potato soup was a standout. The hazelnut dessert was not. Oh, I want to love this place! The decor is beautiful, the concept right on. For me, it is just good, for a hefty price - $92 for lunch - including 2 glasses of wine and tip.

          The service also had slight bumps. We got there just before the crowd for the matinee was finishing. We were seated immediately, and received water after a couple minutes, but it was close to 10 minutes before the waiter came. Also, he was a bit pompous. Everyone else was very nice and friendly. That's it - as I said, I want to love this place, but right now it's just a "like."

          1. re: rp1760

            We have had similar results at Sea Change. Uneven is the best way I can describe it.

      2. I second Brasa, Whiteys and the Bulldog. Brasa is delicious but the sides may be weird for the teens. Whiteys has a solid, long menu, very good turkey burger. Bulldog has a smaller menu but the food is for the most part very good- tater tots and burgers. I'd avoid Ginger Hop until they get their food working a little better- it's really inconsistent.