Convention Center recs
I will be at the Convention Center in late June and need some recommendations within walking distance. Inexpensive preferred and ethnic would be great.
Catzen - if you're looking for a good cup of coffee and a scone-head to 2nd Ave/10th Street in the Oracle (by Ruth Chris) in the skyway - Pateen has great coffee and scones/muffins available and made fresh daily. They're killer!
If you are looking for lunch, not too far (at the corner of 9th/Marquette Avenue, not too far from CC), you will find Bombay Bistro (Indian). It's tasty, affordable and they have a quality buffet. It gets busy and you might be able to catch a sidewalk table.
820 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Masa and Vincent (corners of 11th and Nicollet) both offer nice, upscale lunch specials. Mexican and French food, respectively.
1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Just walk up Nicollet away from downtown, as you get to the higher # cross streets, up to about 28th, the food becomes less expensive and IMO much better than anything you'll find downtown. Don't bother with Little Tiajuana (which is just a punk atmosphere- fun but not good and expensive for what it is) but anything else is at least worth a visit and you'll find just about any ethnicity you're in the mood for.