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doogie88 May 12, 2011 11:54 AM

Hello we'll be staying in Bloomington tomorrow (Friday) till Monday, at the Sheraton. Is there anywhere clsoe worth eating at? Lookng for something for a nice dinner, pizza, pasta, steak, ribs, etc., then things during the day like hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.
Would really like to find amazing hamburgers, and amazing pizza.

We'll be going to the Twins game, so anything close downtown would be okay too.

Thanks!

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    Alsama RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 01:50 PM

    The purple sandpiper is the only place I would reccomend in Bloomington. Very good food and great beer and wine selection.

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      doogie88 RE: Alsama May 12, 2011 02:06 PM

      Thanks, we have a baby with us, will we be allowed in?

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        Alsama RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 02:54 PM

        I don't belive there would be any issue with having a baby. You may want to check though.

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      BigE RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 02:15 PM

      Though I've never been, I've read a lot of good reviews for Parma 8200, which is only a few blocks from you, on the SW side of 494.

      Assuming you have a car (I will, since you are going to the Twins game), you have a huge number of choices between Bloomington and downtown. South Minneapolis holds arguably the best selection of restaurants in the Twin Cities. Things on all ends of the spectrum, both ethnically and price wise. In the end, the decision probably comes down to budget.

      All things considered, one of my first choices within walking distance of the stadium would be Black Sheep Pizza. Since you are going before the game, I assume you don't want a fancier spot. If you are looking for nicer spots near the stadium, Saffron and Cosmos are two of the best. 112 and Bar LaGrassa could also be considered, and both have more casual vibes (both are also extremely popular).

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        doogie88 RE: BigE May 12, 2011 03:04 PM

        Thanks for the replies.
        Yeah I came across BLack sheep pizza already too.
        Price isn't an issue, but we have the baby with us, and aren't really wanting to get dressed up or anything, so mostly casual stuff. What about hamburers, is there some where downtown taht stands out?
        Ill look at Parma 8200 too.

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        ElementX RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 05:21 PM

        If you want a nice Irish pub around Target Field, I'd recommend Kierans at Block E. It's going to probably be a little busy, but the space is huge so you shouldn't have to wait for a table. http://www.kierans.com/

        Another place close to the field with good food is The Loon Cafe, on the corner of 1st ave and 5th street. http://www.looncafe.com/

        If you're looking for pizza, I've heard good things about Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza. http://blacksheeppizza.com/

        1. scoopG RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 06:27 PM

          Grand Szechuan:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/646396

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            doogie88 RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 07:24 PM

            I just had a thought, is there any place that has a good steak, like kobe steak, real kobe? I'm from Winnipeg, and we don't really have a steakhouse that serves it.

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              soupkitten RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 07:38 PM

              you will find more restaurants in msp that are doing local grassfed steaks than those doing kobe. however lots of visitors who aren't about the grass-fed like the experience at manny's downtown, it's a classic steakhouse if that's what you're after!

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              Manny's Steakhouse
              825 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                doogie88 RE: soupkitten May 12, 2011 08:33 PM

                Thanks

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                kevin47 RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 08:43 PM

                Coastal Seafoods sells Kobe steaks, if you'd like to bring a couple back with you.

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                Coastal Seafoods
                74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

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                baa RE: doogie88 May 12, 2011 09:35 PM

                For kid-friendly stuff you could try: Broadway Pizza (which I think is actually in Richfield but is just off 494 on Lyndale) for thin crust, square cut pizza. I like it, but I know pizza is a very personal thing. :) For a sandwich in Bloomington, you could try Wally's Roast Beef, which does have great roast beef sandwiches and is super casual--they're only open for lunch, and aren't open at all on Sundays.

                I would say that Kieran's downtown isn't particularly kid-friendly, and it's completely mobbed before and after Twins games. My favorite burger downtown is at Vincent, which is a French place where I don't see kids very often. But another tasty burger downtown is at Ike's which is probably easier with a baby since it's going to be a little louder there. They also have pretty tasty carved roast beef or turkey sandwiches. I couldn't tell if you were going to be downtown on a weekday or not, but you could also try one of the food trucks--my two favorites for sandwiches would be the lobster roll at the Smack Shack (on Marquette between 6th and 7th Streets), and the fantastic turkey sandwiches at the Turkey-to-Go truck (on 8th and Nicollet, but also inside the Northstar Building at 2nd Ave between 6th and 7th Streets--in case the weather's terrible).

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                Wally's Roast Beef
                2113 W 90th St, Minneapolis, MN 55431

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                  doogie88 RE: baa May 12, 2011 09:55 PM

                  Thanks a lot.

                2. The Dairy Queen RE: doogie88 May 13, 2011 05:59 AM

                  Welcome! When you're at the Twins game, make sure you find the stand where they are grilling the Kramarczuk sausages! Also, not bad at the Twins game (but not cheap either) is the Murray's steak sandwich.

                  If you're feeling breakfast-y while downtown, I'd recommend Hell's Kitchen. They serve breakfast all day. They also do lunch and dinner, but they especially excel at breakfast. (Huevos rancheros, lemon ricotta hotcakes, very rich creamy wild rice porridge). If you go on a weekend you should go early so you don't have to wait.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. The Dairy Queen RE: doogie88 May 13, 2011 06:07 AM

                    I know this thread is a thousand years old, but it's a thread about baby-friendly dining for someone staying in Bloomington. Not all of the recs are in Bloomington, but there are many that are. I just scanned it and nearly every place mentioned is still open. Of course, there are some new places that aren't mentioned (Black Sheep Pizza comes to mind...) His report back was especially fantastic. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4295...

                    ~TDQ

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                      doogie88 RE: The Dairy Queen May 13, 2011 06:32 AM

                      Thanks. On our way. 8 hour drive ahead!

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