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Feb 14, 2013 06:47 PM

Minneapolis this week-end

We're coming in for business but have free time in the evening. We are staying near the Sheraton mid-town on Chicago Ave S and have a car. Last time we were in town, we went to the Warehouse district - I think we went to Eatery 112? It was great. Any suggestions for some place new - especially like French, Italian, middle eastern, but wanna stay away from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican...many thanks!

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  1. You do know you're staying right next to the Midtown Global Market, right? Maybe the cuisine isn't appropriate, and also it isn't too active in the evening, but, it may be interesting for a visit.

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    1. re: ChancesR

      Will check it out when we are there. Looks interesting.

      1. re: Tuffy314

        You can get a camel burger there...... ;-)

    2. You could try Corner Table. One of the local journalists just wrote it up:

      As long as your party is not filled with vegetarians I can wholly recommend CT.

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      1. re: bkmnus

        Looks great but alas it is closed Sunday and Monday nights - the two evenings when we are there!

      2. Actually, I see you like middle eastern food, so Holy Land at the Global Market might work for lunch. For dinner, try It's run by the same folks who run 112 Eatery, only better.

        1. I also highly recommend Bar la Grassa. Definitely try the Gnocchi w/ Orange and Cauliflower!!!! and the Calamarata with Raw Tuna! ( might be tough to get a reservation, but they might be able to work you in early or late.)

          Yes, try the Midtown Global Market for a bite since you're so close. Perhaps a taco at Sonora Grill or the 21 spice fried chicken and brussel sprouts (!) at the Left Handed Cook (it's not hot spicy, but still damn good ).

          1. The best places in the Midtown Global Market are Mexican (Sonora Grill) and pan-Asian (Left Handed Cook). Much as I love the Holy Land, it's not a knock-your-socks-off dinner experience. It's great for a quick lunch or tasty take-out dinner (love the rotisserie chicken with garlic sauce).

            For a fabulous Middle-Eastern dinner that WILL knock your socks off, try Saffron in downtown Minneapolis. By the way, the chef is related to the Holy Land family.

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I pretty much agree with everything Anne says, except to say that I really want to love Left Handed Cook but instead find it only okay. If I were craving creative, food-truck style Korean food and I were at MGM, I'd eat there. But I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I find their food pretty bland, including the 21 spice fried chicken everyone raves about. I like the free popcorn amuse though! (On the subject of being a contrarian for that which everyone else seems to love, I also think the Gnocci with Orange at Bar La Grassa is cloying. You can't get that orange taste out of your mouth for hours.).

              Salty Tart (bakery) in Midtown Global Market is pretty good, too. Also, I like Cafe Finspang at Midtown Global market for Scandinavian sweets and gifts.

              I don't think your free time over laps with the hours at FIka, alas, but if for some reason you are around between 12-5 on Sunday (they are closed on Monday) Fika at the new Cafe at the American Swedish Institute on Park Ave is fantastic, unique and would be very convenient to you.

              Small plates Scandinavian style. Beautiful and delicious.



              1. re: AnneInMpls

                " By the way, the chef is related to the Holy Land family."

                Never heard this before. What's the relationship?