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Saturday Lunch Near Hotel Ivy (201 South Eleventh Street)

I will be visiting for a wedding this weekend. I only have one dinner in town and will be going to Alma. I was also thinking of doing Hell's Kitchen for breakfast.

In an effort to make the most out of a very short trip, I would really appreciate some advice on a good lunch spot near my Hotel for Saturday, ideally walking distance. I am open to all types of cuisine and don't care about the price.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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  1. Loring Kitchen and bar is walkable.

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    Loring Kitchen and Bar
    1359 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    1. Nick and Eddie?

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      1. re: sandylc

        Sorry - Just checked and N & E aren't open on saturday until 2pm.

      2. Just a heads up that we've been getting some mixed reports (some glowing, some disparaging) on HK lately. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797930

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          Any better recs for breakfast instead of HK...also close to the Hotel Ivy? For lunch, what are your thoughts on Zelo?

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          Zelo
          831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

          1. re: nychospitality

            I'm afraid the only places I've been to breakfast in downtown Minneapolis are Manny's (twice), Key's Cafe, and Hell's Kitchen. They are all within a block of each other. I personally have only had good experiences at HK (for breakfast--lunch and dinner are a different matter), but it has probably been a year-and-a-half.

            My experiences at Manny's (it's actually a steakhouse, but because they are the kitchen for the W, they added breakfast service) were good (and more recent) but it's not cheap. I had some Kobe beef short-rib eggs benedict that were good, but a wee salty (probably from being reduced forever). Some awesome banana steel cut oats and fruit smoothies. I can't remember what my dining companions had--steak and eggs, probably, but I remembered that they liked what they had. Portions are huge. I know someone posted that a friend had a bad experience there, but my actual personal two experiences were quite good.

            Key's, which is a local "chain" (with each branch owned and operated by a different member of the family), is more of a casual, diner'ish kind of place. It's not bad, actually, but nothing special, though their toast and jam are good. All of their pastries and breads are baked in house. Note: there are locations of Key's I won't dine at (the one on Raymond in St. Paul, for instance) but the Marquette location is pretty nice.

            If it were me, to be honest, I'd probably still go to Hell's Kitchen and hope for the best. It sounds like their issue right now is consistency. nsxtasy just recently had a great experience there and even the person who had a bad experience thought some of what they got was outstanding. But, maybe go early to avoid some of the crazy service issues? And be ready to order when your server shows up (to improve your odds of a good experience, not that you should have to, but you gotta do what you gotta do). The menu is available online.

            If you're nervous about HK, you could just go and buy the peanut butter and bison sausage bread to take and enjoy later. They sell these "to go."

            ~TDQ

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

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

            Keys Cafe
            821 Marquette Ave Ste 114, Minneapolis, MN 55402

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Thanks for the advice.

              What you think about Zelo for lunch?

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              Zelo
              831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

              1. re: nychospitality

                Look, I'm a St. Paulite, I can barely be persuaded to cross the river. I don't know anything about Zelo. ;-) Go to Vincent.

                ~TDQ

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                Zelo
                831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Vincent doesn't serve lunch on Saturdays!

                  1. re: nychospitality

                    Oh shoot, that's right.

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: nychospitality

                      Gee, I never really realized what a dearth of weekend lunch choices there are in downtown Minneapolis. I wonder if scoopg ever reported back on his experience at FireLake. http://www.firelakerestaurant.com/men... At least that food has a "local" focus.

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: nychospitality

                        Actually, in this thread, someone recommends breakfast at Porter and Frye, which is actually IN the Hotel Ivy. Maybe you don't need to go far.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7737...

                        ~TDQ

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                        Porter and Frye
                        1115 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          I will probably end up at Porter and Frye on Sunday for breakfast. Thanks.

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                          Porter and Frye
                          1115 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                    2. re: nychospitality

                      Zelo is good. They have some really tasty salads- I particularly like the heirloom grain salad (adding some grilled shrimp). Their pastas are usually well done but may be a bit on the heavy side for hot Saturday. I order from there a lot when I work downtown.
                      Another place to consider is the Local, which has better than average pub food. They usually do some interesting seasonal things also- I had a pretty delicious asparagus salad there one time.

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                      Zelo
                      831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

              2. I really like the lunch at Masa: http://www.masa-restaurant.com/index....

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                Masa
                1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                1. re: suburban_mom

                  Thanks. I think I will make a last minute decision tomorrow between Zelo or Masa for lunch.

                  Last question, I am going to Alma tonight for dinner but will have a few minutes to grab a drink first. Can anyone recommend somewhere either near Alma or near Hotel Ivy to grab a drink tonight at around 7 pm?

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                  Zelo
                  831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                  Masa
                  1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                  1. re: nychospitality

                    Masu is close to Alma and they have some tasty cocktails- their cocktail menu was designed by Johnny Michaels, the bartender at LBV.
                    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for...

                    1. re: meljohns

                      Sounds good...but anywhere closer as my wife would probably prefer not to walk .5 miles in heels!

                      1. re: nychospitality

                        Alma is in a weird place. not much closer with the exception of something in St. Anthony Main- Vics maybe? I don't care for it but if you're only going for a drink...
                        Or if you're fine with wine and beer only, Astor Cafe is there and very cool. Either way, you'll have to walk a little.

                        1. re: meljohns

                          (This is too late for the OP, but for future reference...)

                          Alma is a neighborhood bistro close to the U of M, so there are no nearby bars. My advice would be to have a drink downtown, then cab, bus, or drive to Alma for dinner.

                          Or arrive at Alma early and have a glass of wine at their bar (no cocktails; just beer & wine).

                    2. re: nychospitality

                      In order of walking distance from the Ivy, Vincent, Masa, and the Dakota all have nice bars with decent cocktails. Both Brits and The Local are pubs but have good drinks.