Looking for Unique MSP Dinner
Flying into MSP tomorrow evening. We're going to be staying down in Northfield, but have the evening free and figured we'd drive into the cities, eat a nice meal, and then head south. We're traveling form small-town Alaska and whenever we leave the state we like to try and go out for a nice/unique meal, something we'd never get at home.
What I'm looking for:
- Delicious food - preferably not crazy expensive, but a $20 -$25 entree price is not an issue
- Something that either highlights local produce/specialties or an ethnic cuisine we wouldn't find in AK (read - no Thai, Chinese, Sushi, Korean)
- A drive of less than 45 minutes from the airport
- If the restaurant is located in an area that we could take a nice stroll around after dinner, that would be awesome as well - but not a requirement
Thanks so much!
Corner Table comes to mind for local (that would be a fairly urban walk), also Tilia (bonus=walk around Lake Harriet), and Heartland (caveat-downtown St.Paul is pretty boring/dead in the p.m.)
Bar LaGrassa or Solera if tapas/small plates interests you. Warehouse dist. and downtown proper, both decent for stroll and peoplewatching.
Also downtown, Saffron
Ethiopian food? Blue Nile or other
French? Cave vin for bistro, Vincent for finer dining
It might actually be easier to choose a neighborhood or location you might like to visit and THEN the resto.
A few recs would be Vincent or Lurcat, with a walk around Loring; Barbette/Lake Calhoun; or Restaurant Alma/Stone Arch Bridge.
Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Robbinsdale. $70 for a 10 course tasting for 2 (not each). Look them up on Facebook and check out their platings / dishes.
Big caveat: ridiculous wait times if you're not in the first seating. Get there before open (4:15 / 4:30 ought to be okay on a weeknight) and make sure you're in the first 60. They don't take reservations.
Otherwise, all of these other suggestions are great too.