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May 9, 2013 07:05 AM

Minneapolis Itinerary Advice

My husband and I are flying to MSP on Saturday and wanted to get some advice on our restaurant itinerary.

It is our first time to the area and we will have a rental car that we don't mind using.

Saturday Lunch: Pizzeria Lola
Saturday Dinner: Piccolo

Sunday Breakfast: Parka
Sunday Dinner: Butcher and the Boar (very excited for all their Bourbons)

Monday Breakfast: Salty Tart
Monday Dinner: Bachelor Farmer

I saw that Pig Ate My Pizza will be opening on Friday and would love to try to fit it in somewhere but worried about the long lines and usually not a fan of going to a place when it first opens.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. While it is a very good bakery, Salty Tart isn't really a breakfast place per sé. So if you're looking for coffee and pastry, it would be great. But if you want something more substaintial, you might want to look elsewhere. Also, the Global Market is kind of dead during the morning hours.

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    1. re: ChancesR

      We are just looking to grab a pastry and coffee this day so sounds like it would be good!

      1. re: amark17

        You mentioned that you won't mind driving so that's cool - but since you're staying downtown - I'd just hit the Fulton Brewery on Sunday after the game - just sayin.

        1. re: Maggie19

          You can get their beers anywhere don't waste you time going to the brewery. there are better places to go. I do like Fulton but would not waste my time going there. just saying.......

          1. re: ibew292

            For beer I would recommend Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub, Indeed's taproom, Dangerous Man, Buster's on 28th or the Blue Door Longfellow location. If you went to Blue Door you could also try a Blucy. Northbound, Buster's and Blue Door are all in S. Mpls while Indeed and Dangerous Man are in NE.

    2. Do you have all of your reservations made? Are you coming this weekend or a weekend?

      PAMP is a total unknown at the moment. There are several previews out there with how the menu is done. I do believe they'll be open for lunch at some point, which will dissipate the crowds a bit.

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      1. re: american_idle

        We are coming this Saturday and we do have all of our reservations made.

        I was already so sad that Travail closed after we had bought our tickets, so I just was excited to try their new place but it doesn't seem like it will be easy to make happen...

        1. re: amark17

          I don't think it'll be worse than a regular Travail line. Same, probably. Better? Possible.

      2. Where are you staying? Keep in mind that on Sat @ 6pm the Twins are home vs the Orioles .. so downtown could be a bit crazy. South Minneapolis (Piccolo) and SW Minneapolis (Lola) won't be a problem on Saturday but if you're staying downtown ... be prepared for traffic. Sunday afternoon game as well - if you haven't been to Target Field - and you like watching MLB outside - consider the food available there as well. It's not bad at all, lot's of interesting local choices, plus it's a beauty of a stadium.

        I'd try and fit in Barrio (downtown Mpls) for apps at some point. Other than that - you've done well with your selections. Have a good time...

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        1. re: Maggie19

          Thanks for the advice about traffic on Saturday. I didn't even think about that. We are staying downtown and will allow extra time to get to Piccolo.

          We are actually going to the baseball game on Sunday and I am really looking forward to seeing the stadium. I have heard great things!

          Thanks for the reassurance on our selections and I will check out Barrio.

          1. re: amark17

            RE: the ballpark, Kramarczuk's just won a James Beard "American Classics" award and as LauraB says below, their sausages are about the best thing available at the ballpark that I've tried... But I haven't been this season. Andrew Zimmern's (also a James Beard winner this year, not for food but for food journalism) has a new stand ("AZ Canteen") at the ballpark this year.

            "Turkey to Go" is the beloved turkey sandwich from the MN State Fair.

            You have to go to specific stands for these items. Here's a listing of the concession locations:

            Pretty decent selection of local beer, too.


        2. Sounds like a delicious list to me. :-) I love Piccolo!

          At the ballpark, my favorite thing is the Kramarczuk's sausages. Also, depending on where you are sitting, the Town Ball Tavern is a good place to get beer. Only a $1 more for local Summit Saga IPA than for a generic light beer. (There are few other locations that also have better beer, but I do not know where they are off the top of my head and I have been near the Town Ball Tavern the last few times.)

          1. Speaking of the Townball Tavern inside Target Field - they now have Fulton Sweet Child of Vine .. just an excellent IPA - which by the way is brewed just a block from the stadium on 4th St.- which you can see from Townball. Excellent tap-room - just in case you have the time....

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            1. re: Maggie19

              We are planning on visiting the Town Hall Brewery after the baseball game. We are big beer fans and always try to fit in at least one brewery when visiting a city.

              1. re: amark17

                Just FYI, the Townball Tavern (in the stadium) and the Town Hall Brewery (near the U of M Mpls campus) are completely unrelated entities.

                I don't think that Townball brews anything itself, but does have taps from other local spots like Fulton. Fulton and Town Hall are both examples of the many local breweries that have sprung like dandelions (only much, much better!) in the Minneapolis neighborhoods recently.

                Fulton is a brewery with a taproom; it also distributes kegs & bottles so we can taste it elsewhere. Best bet -- before you go into the stadium, walk around the block to its location and grab a pint plus a snack from whichever local foodtruck is there for the day. I've been to only evening games so far, and the taproom wasn't open when they let out.

                Town Hall is its own brewpub, and offers only growlers for offsite consumption. I'm fond of their Masala Mama.