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MSP - weekend trip

itsbubbles | | Feb 22, 2007 06:27 AM

Hello Minneapolis hounds!

I am traveling to Minneapolis for the first time for a short visit next weekend, coming from Madison. I lived in Chicago for many years, although I have only truly embraced my chowish side since moving to WI (ironic, no?) We're staying at the Hilton downtown. My SO is not quite as foodie as I (he enjoys great food, but not to the point of waiting in hour-long lines or eating at odd times). I'll travel for food (when we visit Chicago, a mandatory bruch-time stop is at Happy Chef for dim sum...a twenty-minute train ride from downtown), but since I don't know Minneapolis at all, it'll be fairly cold, and it's a short visit, closer to the hotel is probably best. We're both trying to watch our diet, and although this'll be a special weekend, I'm not really looking to do sausages, Jucy Lucys, and biscuits and gravy the whole time we're there. Ethnic and spicy eats are fun; (a favorite restaurant in Madison is the great Laotian place, Lao Laan-Xang); but I certainly appreciate well-prepared food of any sort. Here's what I've managed to comb off the (extensive and well-researched, I might add) MSP boards so far: any thoughts?

Hell's Kitchen, with a reservation.
Midtown Global Market for tamales one morning.

Cue at the Guthrie
Jasmine Deli
Bombay Bistro

Solera (Friday night...we have a reservation.)
Vincent (We have a reservation for Saturday night, but would we be better served by Alma? or some other place? 112 Eatery and La Belle Vie are both booked, sadly. I really wanted to eat at 112.)

Saturday we're probably just going to bum around a bit. I was thinking about the Midtown Global Market, going to Nye's Polannaise for a drink, doing Quang or Jasmine Deli for lunch, perhaps driving around to look at the sights. Sunday we'll probably head over to the Walker (hitting Hell's Kitchen for brunch?) before driving back home. (I assume the Walker will be packed on Saturday, as that's the free day).

Thanks for your help!

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