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'Date Night' recs for 2 college students

My boyfriend and I are coming to the MSP area this weekend to watch the holidazzle parade and go out to eat, as well as maybe catching the Macy's display. Last year, we went to Hell's Kitchen and we both loved it. We are not looking for anything very expensive, (less than 50 for both of us).

Although we are of age, we don't usually order drinks just because it racks up the bill so quickly! Walking distance from the parade would be nice. Nothing too casual, but also nothing too fancy. We'll be wearing jeans, (nicer ones, no holes or anything). Hopefully trying to find a place where we won't get treated like "kids." Any suggestions would be GREAT!

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  1. 112 Eatery, but you will likely need a reservation.

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

    1. Barrio or Solera could work. I also like the 112 Eatery suggestion, the $50 might get a little tight, although definitely possible.

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

      Solera
      900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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      1. re: b ster

        Plenty menu items at different price points at 112. I also like it better for a date than Barrio or Solera, which can be better suited for more than 2 people.

      2. Zelo or Masa would be my recs, and both are right on the Nicollet parade route. Solera's also nice.

        I wouldn't recommend Barrio for a date--I've always found it loud, with terrible service. The only redeeming quality is their drinks.

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        Zelo
        831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        Masa
        1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        Solera
        900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        1. Maybe the lounge at La Belle Vie? I'm looking at the menu and it seems to me you could get out for under $50 (not counting drinks), sharing 3-4 of the bigger plates.

          http://www.labellevie.us/menus-and-wi...

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          La Belle Vie
          510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

          1. The bar area at Vincent would be nice if you can grab a table. Right on the Mall, beautiful atmoshpere, and the bar menu is not expensive (though your choices are more limited).

            I also like Masa. The food is pretty good, it's open, airy and has a downtown feel.

            112 is best if you really care about the food. You'd have to walk from the all though.

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            Masa
            1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403