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Dinner and football? - 12/29/13 - Nicollet Mall

We are coming to your fair city on 12/29 and staying at the Hyatt on Nicollet Mall.

We are looking for suggestions, within walking distance, for dinner and a place to watch the Sunday Night game.

They can be separate places or the same.

After the travel day, we'll be interested in "tasty and fun" not "trendy and upscale".

Any advice that can be provided will be appreciated.

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  1. You probably don't need to find a place to watch the Sunday Night Football...there isn't one, at least none scheduled.

    1. John is right that the latest game is scheduled to start at 3.25pm CST.

      Here's a recent downtown thread -- all the hotels are close enough that walking distance for one is walking distance for all: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9196...

      1. Close to the Hyatt with comfort style food and televisions is Brit's Pub.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          Many thanks, we have actually been to Brit's and that was on our radar.

        2. I am not convinced there is a Sunday night game on the 29th. But if there is, and it turns out to be The Beloved vs. the Packers, then you might take the light rail down to Chris and Rob's Chicago Taste Authority. It is near the 42nd street Light Rail stop, and shows the Bears on a large screen. The dogs and beefs are decent.


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            1. re: Michael Florey

              The Packers and Bears will likely play the night game on the 29th IF it is the deciding game for the division title.

              1. Alrey's in St Paul is one of the local "Bear's" bars. Good local beer selection too. Don't think your wife would go for that idea though. . .

                1. Hi folks, sorry to be grinches, but we've removed a lot of football talk from this thread. We really try to keep the focus here on food. Thanks!

                  1. Thanks to everyone and their advice.

                    Given the announced schedule, we'll be hitting Brit's Pub for snacks/dinner and beverages!

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                    1. re: Monch

                      What an ending to that game! I'm sure you wife is pleased.

                      So, where did you eat today and tonight?

                      1. re: John E.

                        We ate at home, in Madison....road conditions, at our point of decision, were sketchy at best.

                        A day of cooking at home and scheming for tomorrow's birthday dinner, for herself.

                        Fortunately, one of the nicest steakhouses in town is having a special!

                        I weep for my Bears...but am toasting the Packers with Iowa rye....Templeton.

                        Making it an Upper Midwest extravaganza of culinary and sporting activities!

                        1. re: Monch

                          I'm glad you are making the best of it. I too wish the Bears and Packers were playing right now with the Bears winning.

                          My brother is a whiskey aficionado. He was in Arizona visiting our father and was extolling the virtues of Templeton. I told him it was made in Iowa and he was crestfallen. He may have thought it was made in Kentucky or Tennesee.