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A DC hound staying at the Radisson Plaza (7th Street) for a few days this weekend for work.
I am looking for walkable suggestions with some requests (any or all are acceptable):
*Local or seasonal
*good place for a group with some spontanaiety
*good take out lunch
*other suggestions that are close.

looking to spend less than $40 for dinner.

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  1. First off, Firelake (in the Radisson) is actually pretty decent. And they have a separate room that can accommodate about 12 of you.

    Solera is walkable and good for a group. It's Spanish tapas, so you could be freewheeling with your group.

    Vincent is also walkable. French country fare. The pommes frites are some of the best in the Twin Cities.

    B.A.N.K. is walkable, a great room, has private dining, and wonderful food.

    All places source locally to some extent. Depending on the night of the week, you may need a reservation. Best "walk-in" luck would be at Solera.

    I'm no help for take out lunch.

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    Firelake
    31 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Solera
    900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    B.A.N.K
    88 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      how about places that serve draft New Belgium and Odells?

      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        Since the DC hound is coming from Jose Andres territory, Solera might not stand up very well. It really doesn't compare.

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        Solera
        900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        1. re: repete

          you are correct, repete. I frequent the Andres restaurants (Zaytinya which is Turkish/Greek is my favorite) including the Spanish Jaleo. BANK looks good. If there is a bar that is walkable where I can get some good draft beer, that would also be really helpful. I hope to fly back with some Fat Tire Amber Ale cans if possible.

          1. re: daves_32

            Skip the Fat Tire and bring home Surly or Lift Bridge. I mean, you don't have to, but you should...

            Most of the good places to eat downtown have woeful beer selections. 8th street grill will have your Fat Tire and Odell, but you'll be pairing your fancy beer with bar food by rote.

            The newly opened Haute Dish has a stellar list of taps (including Deschutes and Lagunitas, per the menu). I haven't been, but early reports have been very good. Make a reservation.

            You won't get out of BANK or Vincent for under $40 unless you are there for happy hour. If you are going to drop big dollars, I'd opt for the latter, though BANK has a gorgeous bar.

            For lunch take out, Palomino (it's a chain, but the salads are quite good), or Zelo (they have a takeout offshoot called Zelino as well) are good bets. Hell's Kitchen is good if you don't mind breakfast items for lunch. If you are going out for lunch, Mission is very good. If you are ordering pizza, go with Pizza Luce, and try the Baked Potato pizza.

            For spontaneity, I would give Bradstreet Crafthouse a look. Not a great beer selection, but the cocktails are amazing, the food is good, and it's just a fun bar.

            The best overall restaurant within walking distance is either the 112 eatery or Saffron. You're more likely to get out of the former for under $40. Again, you'll want to make a reservation.

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            Zelo
            831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

            Zelino
            831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

            Hell's Kitchen
            89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

            1. re: kevin47

              Note that the OP is going to be here on the weekend - lunch options will be fairly scarce then. Hell's Kitchen and some of the bars will be open, but most of the weekday choices may be closed. Ike's has good sandwiches and burgers (but is pricey) and may have a beer selection that's more than AB/Coors/Miller.

              Hell's Kitchen will be busy on the weekend too, so early breakfast or a reservation are recommended.

              I know there's been a lot of discussion about BANK in this thread, but I have been thoroughly unimpressed by the place for food. It's a hotel restaurant. Granted, the space is spectacular, the drinks are pretty good, but the food is neither inspired or superbly executed.

              If I was going to direct someone to a hotel restaurant within walking distance of the Radisson, I'd point them to D'Amico Kitchen at The Chambers for a much better meal at the same price point.

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

              Ike's Food & Cocktails
              50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

              D'Amico Kitchen
              901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

      2. A great take-out lunch place is the Trieste Cafe 2 blocks over on 5th (10 South 5th Street). Greek salads, gyros and delicious sandwiches- I don't know what they put on the bread but it's incredibly addicting. Everything they have is really good. Zelino, as mentioned earlier, is a good take-out option also. They usually have a mushroom lasagna that's excellent.

        If it's nice, try and get a seat outside at Zelo or the Local. Both have good food and the people watching is pretty fun. The food at BANK is just okay but the space is impressive. Mission is a better choice in my opinion.

        And as always, I second the Bradstreet rec.

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        Zelo
        831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        Zelino
        831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        1. saffron and 112-- the link thingy is being really hinky or something? haute dish sounds like a hoot and you could be one of the 1st to report.

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          Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
          123 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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          1. re: soupkitten

            I had a great weekend in Minneapolis. You have a very nice city there (and some young women that were easy on the eyes, and friendly!) onto the food:
            Friday lunch: Trieste Greek cafe. Great tender gyro meat and a good sauce. great hummus. A good lunch option. $10 for an office cafeteria, though? maybe steep.
            Friday dinner: Haute Dish. When I first read this name, I was curious how close they would try to stick to the name. They don't. they called it "hot" dish over and over. fine with me. pulled up to the bar made friends with Dave the bartender. He was a lot of fun and friendly. I made friends with him and the hostess (/owner?) who sat next to me for a while. They both understood I was just being casual and so we all had fun. I had the haute dish. It was incredible. A fork tender (slow cooked right up to, but not including, falling apart) short rib. This beef was topped with green beans and porcini sauce. the mushroom taste could have been a little richer but it may have been too rich at that point. The tater tots were three huge fried balls of mashed potato. really good flavor. Growing up in Michigan, the hot dish was an awesome comfort food. Well done! I told Dave that if one of the cute hostesses brought out dessert, I would order one. I had the honey cake which was a miss. Also, the hostess didn't bring out the dish. What a dissappointment but Dave told me I had to take my own initiative to get the right people to bring out my food. I told you I made friends with the whole restaurant. I had a few local beers which was a huge part of the appeal for this place. It has about 15 or so taps. I had flat Earth Cygnus X-1 Porter and Rush River Unforgiven Amber. Both were decent options. The restaurant could really do themselves a favor by making efforts to pair these beers. I talked about it with Dave so if they start doing this, I get the credit!
            Saturday lunch: Firelake Grill in the hotel. I had the cheeseburger. It was a good classic cheeseburger. the fries were lukewarm. It was a good lunch but nothing to write home about.
            Saturday dinner. Got a bar seat at 112 Eatery based on your recommendations. had the tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs. the meatballs were tender and had great flavor. the tagliatelle was somewhat lemony. I have had better pastas but again, it was a nice comfort food variation. Then I had the bacon, egg, and harissa sandwich. It was forgettable. I should have gotten the cheeseburger and just stopped eating it when I was stuffed. I was given the tres leches cake when leaving because the server messed up my order. I don't always love desserts but that is a great dessert. the sweetness of the caramel and the cream mixed up with the salt is a really nice taste. I kind of wish I would have gone to Bar LaBrassa. the menu for that place looked very Mario Batali-like and the small pasta dishes looked great (then i would have stayed away from an egg sandwich). Maybe next time. I did think the price points were great, particularly with the half pastas.
            Sunday lunch: Hell's Kitchen. I don't need to reiterate the million opinions on every site about Hell's Kitchen. I had the bison benedict as recommended by our waitress. That is about as good bison as I have ever had. Theone complaint I have is that the poached egg was overcooked. the yolk was completely solid. I had some bread so I could have the peanut butter. that is great! I am kicking myself for not having the huevos rancheros. again, maybe next time. OR maybe they will have some huevos rancheros when I am in San Diego ina few weeks (recs?).
            Anyway, thanks for all your recommendations! it was a great weekend!

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

            Firelake
            31 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

            112 Eatery
            112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401