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Good food neighborhood and restuarants for a group?

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Hi Everyone
I will be visiting Minneapolis for the first time with a group of friends in late summer. We're going to catch a Twins game and take in everything Minny has to offer. We definitely want to have some good food while we're there. Doesn't have to be fancy but would like some local flavor.

We don't really know the city at all. We want to rent a condo or a house. I think it would be great to be in walking distance of some good eats and bars. Are there particular neighborhoods you would recommend? Also, are there certain restaurants you would recommend for a group of 8 guys in their late 30s?

Really looking forward to the trip. Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. I think downtown would be best. Will you have cars to travel to other areas like St. Paul?

    1. I think the part of Northeast nearest to downtown (right across the Hennepin Ave bridge) would be a fun area for a group of guys in their 30s. There's the Bulldog NE, the Red Stag, Brasa and Nye's (fun for drinks, I don't know anyone who eats there) within walking distance, and you're not far from St. Anthony Main or downtown.

      My other immediate thought is near Uptown (Lake and Hennepin in South).

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      Brasa Rotisserie
      600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Nye's Polonaise Room
      112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Bulldog NE
      401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      Red Stag Supper Club
      509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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      1. re: LiaM

        I second NE. Masu Sushi just opened along with the other places mentioned (Nye's is a must). You can easily catch a bus over to the Twins game, or else it's a short cab ride. You could possibly rent a condo that overlooks the river. I work in NE and really love the neighborhood. Plus a Lunds grocery store is there.
        Downtown has some great places to eat also but you have to be willing to put up with the bar scene, which is why I'd say stay in NE and eat downtown once or twice.
        Have a great trip!

        1. re: LiaM

          LiaM basically nailed the two areas I would recommend.

          NE is great with quick access to Target Field and downtown, the restaurants she already mentioned, as well as the string of restos in the Central/Lowry area.

          Uptown is an awesome, lively area, with the lakes always buzzing during the summer.

          Let us know where you end up and we'll be sure to give you specific recommendations.

        2. Great! Thank you very much. This definitely helps. Looking forward to it!

          1. Edina...

            You've got Raku, Bijous, Salut, Barrio, Mozza Mia... fun shopping and wandering...

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            1. re: Lmwood

              Edina is certainly nice and has some good restaurants, but not a lot of bars and much more residential.