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Sushi near Target Field before game?

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Hello Minneapolis 'hounds -

Coming to see Game 1 of playoff baseball at Target Field. Staying at the Best Western Normandy and am pretty certain we will hit up Hell's Kitchen for breakfast the day after; but looking for a good sushi place near the ballpark for beforehand (we're hoping to walk from the hotel to a beer at the Bulldog NE to dinner to the game).

I've seen recommendations for Origami and Nami - either of those more preferable than the other? Or is there any other place that's better and as close?

TYIA. Looking forward to it!

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

Origami
30 N 1st St Ste 1, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Nami
251 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Bulldog NE
401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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  1. I find Nami to be superior generally, though Origami has the best selection of exotic stuff.

    I would encourage you to revisit your timeline. The Bulldog is certainly walkable, but you'll want to budget 30 minutes for walking time to Nami (and 40 from the Normandy). Everything is going to be packed, and the service at Nami is notoriously indifferent anyway. I'd plan on getting to Nami when they open if you don't want to arrive at the ballpark at a comfortable time.

    Just a heads up.

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    Nami
    251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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    1. re: kevin47

      Thanks, Kevin - We'll look at the times once they actually announce the gametime...(might be 2:30? Might be 9:00?) and see if it's all doable. The bus option sounds like a great idea.

      1. re: itsbubbles

        If getting to the Bulldog proves daunting, you might consider 8th street grill for the drink portion. They have an excellent selection of taps, including O'Dells and Surly.

    2. I wonder what Babe Ruth would say about modern baseball fans food before during and after the game. Sushi, baseball and ???

      1. You can take the bus for $0.50 each way to the Bulldog (downtown zone) (If you have an iPhone or Android phone, your Google Map app will be boss for bus maps) from Nicollet you can take the 10, 6, 4 and 61 I believe.

        If beer is your thing, Mac's Industrial is a block from Bulldog and has a greater focus on domestic crafts (rather than the excellent Belgians and imports @ Bulldog). I'd hit Bulldog first and Mac's if you have time.

        As for sushi, Kevin outlined what are really your only two choices near the stadium. I enjoy the omkase at Origami, but for a quick bite at the sushi bar, Nami is better suited. I think they keep their fish a bit too cold, but that is me. They also don't have toro (otoro or chutoro) when I've been there. Still, it's not as bad as Ichiban.

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        Nami
        251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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        1. re: Foureyes137

          I'm pretty certain the downtown 50 cent zone ends at the Hennepin Ave. bridge, but nonetheless cheap bus service is available, and on a nice day it certainly is walkable.

          I prefer Origami over Nami in general , but Nami will have more sushi bar seats if that is what you are looking for. I think most people would say both are in our upper quartile of sushi places. The only other one that would make sense is Kikugawa in Riverplace, near Nicollet Island. I would rate it below both Nami and Origami.

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          Nami
          251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Kikugawa
          120 S 6th St Ste 211, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          1. re: Lincster

            I live in the area, the downtown zone ends at University NE.

        2. Nami is outstanding!

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          Nami
          251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401