I'm attending a conference this week in Minneapolis and am looking for some places to eat.
Yes, I know there are plenty of message boards and websites around that will help me with this, but I'm specifically looking for restaurants, cafes, etc that are near the convention center, tasty and (ideally) not expensive.
Having been around convention centers before, I do realize I'm probably asking to have my cake and eat it too here, but I figured it'd be worth it to ask all the same. I'd also like to note that I don't mind walking a bit to find good food.
Welcome! ChillyDog has linked you to some good threads. I see you're willing to do a little walking. MSPD had some helpful comments about what is easily walkable here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9048...
For lunch, Vincent has a good prix fixe menu.
You can eat pretty affordably at 112 Eatery (for dinner only) and as a solo you can snare a spot at the bar. But some may not consider it a comfortable walk. Similarly, you can eat fairly affordably at the lounge at La Belle Vie. Not a super pleasant walk though. Cafe Lurcat is over that way, too.
Maybe some other folks can weigh in on what along Eat Street might be walkable or what your transport options might be. Lots of great Vietnamese spots, a Thai place, etc. But this is where my Minneapolis geography gets a little challenged.
re: The Dairy Queen
I have to recommend Butcher and the Boar. It's one of my favorite places to go and its a 10 min walk from the Convention Center. It can also be affordable <$20 if you stick to small plates (which are awesome) and sausages. Of course it can also be a VERY expensive time if you go big. You won't be disappointed either way.
One block west of the convention center on Nicollet are two decent choices. Market Bar B-Que and Salsa A La Salsa. Not expensive. Both are worth checking out.
Nicollet Avenue, also known as Eat Street is straight south just across the highway.
I like Vincent's prix fixe lunch menu, and Brit's pub for, well, dunno, just like it.