Coming to town for four nights later this week, staying at the Hilton downtown. It's a conference thing, so I'm thinking breakfasts at Hell's Kitchen mainly and area lunches at La Loma Tamales/My Burger/Brothers Deli and while I guess it's sadly too early for the food trucks maybe I'll scope out a turkey sandwich from the Turkey To Go guy if he's set up in the food court near La Loma. That all seems to fill breakfast/lunch downtown comfortably, but if I'm missing something basic let me know.
For dinners, one day I want to get out and do the Mercado Central/Midtown Global markets thing and I'll probably eat at Los Ocampo and maybe grab an octopus taco or two from La Sirena Gorda. I also managed to stumble over the fact that I can get the local Spring Grove soda at some place in Midtown Global--any other specialties I maybe should look out for here?
One other early night is probably a trip to M.I.A. and then it seems like the Vietnamese spots for dinner, probably Pho Tau Bay or Quang's. I do love Vietnamese food too and this seems a real strength of your city, so I may even decide to go to both these places on separate nights. Seems to be good other options nearby, too.
I also feel like one day I'll go slightly north and eat at maybe 112 Eatery or bar Legrassa or some such slightly more upscale option. Those seem like good dinner choices fairly nearby. Or I may even cheap out and venture to sub in a fish fry dinner for this instead--I haven't done enough research yet to see if there's one of these near enough downtown to make that an attractive choice, but it seems like the time of year to check out this tradition.
Anyway, that's what I've got as basics so I think I've got myself in good shape. (and thanks for all the pointers--as always I found plenty of solid information here on chowhound to get me started). What I'm looking for is just any additional hints as to anything that's near to the area I've mentioned that's special enough to make it worth a side trip. I love anything local or classic, and though I'm mostly interested in less expensive options I'm open to anything from road food to haute cuisine. I also think maybe I'm weakest here in bakery/dessert, so if anything stands out as a glaring omission on my part please just clue me in.
Thanks in advance for any tips.
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
La Sirena Gorda
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Pho Tau Bay
2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408