I'm trying to narrow down my way too long list of places to try during my trip from Boston on 6/22-26. I want to have a juicy lucy (The Nook?), hit some diners (Bandbox and/or Mickey's) and local dives (Highland Grill?), a swankier restaurant or two (112 Eatery? Solera? A Rebour). I see the donut conversation below (what about Lone Doughnut Cafe?) and also like upscale bakeries (Bakery on Grand?, Day by Day?).
I read Punch Pizza is as good as New Haven za. Do they sell by the slice? Is it always crowded? Is the food at Hell's Kitchen as good as it looks (lemon ricotta pancakes and sausage bread sound great). Should I get Bahn mi at Que Nha and Nepalese at Everest? Definitely concentrating on lots of small bites at casual places and one or two nicer dinners w/ new American or northern Italian (altho there's plenty of both in Boston). What's a nicer place with a good bar area for solo dining (or does anyone else want to go out?). Are people still allowed to smoke at restaurants in MSP?
I'll be staying downtown 4 nites and while I'll walk and take public transportation to various parts of town (and like to discover sections of town off the beaten track), would like to keep things fairly convenient. Is there anything that's a total MSP experience? Where should I get walleye? Thanks for reading all this, looking forward to it.