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Minneapolis Marriott City Center, not to miss places walking distance from here?

Attending a conference mid june, eager to sample really good not to miss chow-worthy places. Suggestions?

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  1. For dinner, I'd say Cosmos, 112 Eatery and Saffron are all great bets.

    For lunch, I don't know of anything DT that's really can't miss but I really like La Loma (great Mexican but zero ambiance), Vincent, Masa and Ike's.

    1. There a lot of wonderful food trucks on Marquette and some of the side streets for lunch. Later I'll try to find a reference to them.

      On Thursday, Nicollet Mall has a farmer's market that goes on for block. There are many delectables.

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      1. re: shoo bee doo

        I wouldn't send some from out of town to the food trucks, most are overrated. Some might be OK.

        1. re: ibew292

          I think that's a little unfair. Quite a few of the trucks out there are putting out good food, a lot of it sustainable and locally sourced. Granted, I'm not as familiar with the ones that only frequent Mpls and I probably wouldn't be sending an out-of-towner to go hunt down Turkey to Go or Tot Boss (not that tater tots aren't ridiculously delicious), but my friends and I have had a lot of really good lunches from the trucks - better than a lot of our skyway options. My friend is still raving about the fish tacos from Home Street Home Truck two weeks later. My burger and shake from Neatos last week was very good. I also certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend Vellee Deli, Dandelion Kitchen, World Street Kitchen, or Fork n the Road. Plus, depending on the locale and weather, it's pretty nice eating outside.

          Another lunch option would be Maison Darras - good food, quick and affordable (assuming the Mpls location is as solid as the St. Paul one). For happy hour or if you have some fellow coworkers/friends you're attending with where small plates and a pitcher of Sangria would appeal for a dinner (particularly on the rooftop on a nice night), I would also throw Solera out there.

          1. re: amishangst

            Stand in line for 10 min, wait for food10min, stand and try to eat. Yes what a great dining experience.30 trucks and maybe 3 that are worth standing in line. Tater tots for lunch, come on......

            1. re: ibew292

              I guess it never occurred to me to not find a place to sit and enjoy my lunch or to view the opportunity to get away from my windowless office to stretch my legs, bask in the sunshine, and breath in something besides recycled air a miserable burden.

              Would you mind reposting your suggestions? I'm thinking they must have been inadvertently moved or deleted (darn mods...).

              1. re: amishangst

                Sorry I don't think the Food Trucks are worth recommending for someone looking for a place to have lunch from out of town. For you wage slaves it probably is a treat to have something above average to eat. Where do you sit to eat????? Next to to beggars? Vincent, My Burger, and Newsroom come to mind. I like sitting down and being served ......Again food trucks may be OK but I would not recommend them to out of townees.

              2. re: ibew292

                If there are 3 worth standing in line...then there are 2 more than I need.

                I agree that just because it's served from a truck, doesn't mean it is worth eating and that most trucks serve bad food. But there are still trucks serving really good food.

                Smack Shack's truck was an example, are they still doing it? There's an indian-influenced truck I tried at Art-a-whirl at the Indeed brewery that was really good. Better than any Indian food I've had in sit-down restaurants in Minneapolis.

        2. My Minneapolis guilty pleasure is the Diamond Dog at The Depot, only a couple of blocks up 7th. It's a 1/4lb hot dog, wrapped in pepper bacon, deep fried and served on a pretzel bun. It sounds horrible. It tastes amazing. Plus you can actually feel yourself die just a little bit when you eat it.

          If you're there before 5 or 6, you can get a diamond dog, fries, and a beer for $10. A bargain.

          All of the food at The Depot is top notch bar food. If you're looking for that sort of thing, do it. If you're looking for fine dining, others will chime in on this thread and guide you.

          1. Brasserie Zentral. Had dinner there again last night. The food is just plain great. Very interesting and thoughtful wine list. Also a cool bar with very good beers. Just a few blocks from CC.

            1. Unfortunately, that part of downtown is almost a dead zone for great dining. That said, drinks at Saffron and dinner at 112 Eatery and Zentral are not to be missed. Butcher and the Boar is only a quick jaunt away, as well.