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Apr 10, 2010 09:32 AM

Need recs for Bloomington within walking distance of hotel

I've a work friend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (5140 American Blvd. West, which is off 84th and Normandale Blvd) in Bloomington. She and her co-worker are stuck there without a car, and asked me if could recommend anything within walking distance.

I'm not familiar with the area so came up dry, except for a tepid suggestion to hike across the highway to the Sofitel, a place I've not been to in years. Is there anything else good around there?

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  1. The options are really limited. Kincaids is .8 miles away, but there is alot of traffic. It may be walkable but though.

    1. I bet the hotel has a courtesy shuttle that could take them a mile or 2? France Ave isn't that far off - but its not walkable

      Ciao Bella is off of France.

      The only truly walkable place is Majors sport bar? Which I don't think I'd really 'recommend'

      Ciao Bella
      3501 Minnesota Drive, Bloomington, MN 55435

      1. Kincades and Sofitel are your best bet for good food. if you add chains you have TGIF and Chiles around 79th and Normandale.

        Cabs are a plenty. You have Grand Szechuan, a fantastic place on 104th and France (the Milky Crispy Shrimp is to die for), or over near the Eden Prairie Mall you have Redstone and Wildfire sorta mid-end steakish places.

        Jfood would go to Kincades, Sofitel or Grand Szechuan

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        1. re: jfood

          listen to jfood and call a cab! I don't even know if Bloomington has sidewalks :)

        2. If they can get to the Galleria Mall, The Good Earth is pretty tasty.

          Good Earth Restaurant
          3460 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

          1. Come on everyone! You can certainly recommend the Whitney Bistro in the Country Inn right next door. At least go in for a drink at the Onyx Bar which is pretty cool. Oak City is just up the frontage road as well. While neither of these places constitutes fine dining they certainly excel in their niche. I live in SW MSP and we get to both of these at least once every two or three months. It's not Heidi's, Cave Vin, Broder's, etc. but they are at least local and not chains.

            Cave Vin
            5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

            Oak City
            5001 American Blvd W Ste 102, Minneapolis, MN 55437

            Whitney Bistro
            5120 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN 55437

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            1. re: SWMSPfoodie

              I am astonished that Oak City is not a chain. I knew they had two locations, and just assumed they were sweeping the country, taking over Billabong's or whatever. I'd take a cab over Oak City, but it's not as thought the food is inedible.

              Oak City
              5001 American Blvd W Ste 102, Minneapolis, MN 55437