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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.

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  1. 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 :)

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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        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

        1. 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.

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          1. re: mesafoodie

            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?

            1. re: hypesmom

              Actually there is a french meadow bakery at the airport which is decent. F terminal (they are all connected) and most of the food is easy to bring on a plane

              Ike's in the main concourse is better than a food court as well.

          2. Crave could satisfy your vegetarian desires and is a short walk.

            http://www.craveamerica.com/

            The Cooper is an Irish Pub.

            http://www.cooperpub.com/

            Across I-394 but not far away and walkable is the Good Day Cafe especially for breakfast.

            http://www.google.com/search?q=Good+D...