Staying in St. Louis Park
I will be attending a conference this weekend in St. Louis Park, staying at the Springhill Suites Marriott. I will not have a car, so will be somewhat limited by where I can go. I've searched the boards and haven't seen much about that area. Can anyone make some suggestions? Since it's on business, I have to spend probably less than $15 on a main course for dinner. I prefer vegetarian fare, but if there is a place with good, sustainably and humanely raised meat, I'd consider it. Other than that, I'm not too picky.
Went to Ringo's in St Louis Park, it's across the street from Yangtze and by Crave....
I enjoyed it a lot. I had The stone pot bibimbap (a.k.a. "mixed rice" topped with thin-sliced meat, vegetables, and egg) I really enjoyed it. I have never had that dish before, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but both me and the kid enjoyed the taste.
My daughter had the Fiery soy chicken. We both loved that. It has nice fresh flavors. We started out with the hummus and I liked it when I combined it with the marinated red peppers. I didn't like the olive with it, it was to salty for me. My daughter loved the hummus on it own with the pita. We had the Belgium chocolate mouse, mmmm. They are featuring a Belgium menu, in addition to the regular offerings.
Crave is also at the Shops at West End, like Cooper (right next to your hotel). My best tip, though, would be to go to the restaurant/lounge on the second floor of the movie theaters in that same West End complex. It's open to the public, and serves pizzas and paninis. i haven't eaten there, but checked out the menu last Sunday when we went to a movie. Looks interesting, and most items are $10 or so. It it's too busy you could always end up at one of the other restaurants in the area.
Thanks for the info. Crave looks interesting (local, sustainable food), so I went ahead and made reservations for Friday night. I may even meet if I trust its source! Breakfast and lunch are included in my conference so unfortunately it will probably be sub sandwiches, chips, and a soda for lunch Friday and Saturday. I will be at the airport for quite awhile Saturday evening before my flight. Anything other than the standard fare there?
Both Yangtze and Taste of India will be able to provide vegetarian fare, but you are in a bit of a desert for locavore/vegetarian options.
Cooper has just opened nearby as well. I've not been there, but understand it's perfectly fine. As an FYI, the owner has a small chain of pubs that are pleasant places to lift a pint.
Yangtze Chinese Restaurant
5625 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Taste of India
5617 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Good Day Cafe
5410 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
You have described a perfect setup to motivate a person towards extensive networking -- all depends making contacts with other conference-goers who have cars. Walking is not much of an option, and the bus schedule is likely to be inconvenient.
Entice these new friends to visit Good Day Cafe at 5410 Wayzate Boulevard, five blocks east as the crow flies, several minutes of wandering frontage roads if you lack wings.
I've tried only two restaurants close to where you will be staying.
One is Chinese restaurant .. Yangtze .. I only go there for their dimsum weekend, so I'm not really sure how their food from the regular menu is though. Here's the website .. http://www.yangtze.us/menu.htm
The other is Indian Restaurant .. Taste of India .. it's just right next door to Yangtze. Ive only tried their lunch buffet there, and all their buffet items are good. Here's the website .. http://www.tasteofindia-online.com/
Hopefully others will give you more idea :)