Hi, all --
NYC 'hound here and I've been perusing your board for a bit now. Let me first say I have new-found sympathy for all of you who bemoan the fact of so many states sharing one board. Boy does it make searching difficult! I would guess it's even a pain for regular users. So when the Powers That Be at Chow start talking new boards, you have my vote. :)
On to the questions ... A quick trip to Minneapolis and St. Paul has come together for DH and me. We've got some things pretty well planned (I've been using these two threads as guides: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610897 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624355 which have been great). We are also doing a 1-day side spin over to WI for a "cheese tour" using our handy dandy Wisconsin Cheese Map -- thank you, MplsMary.
But we have 3 questions:
1) is there anything noteworthy to eat at the Metrodome? I read on one thread that more ice cream is sold there than any other stadium. Is there a local favorite inside the stadium? If there's nothing of note re: food inside, is there somewhere right outside that would be good -- local/funky/fan-fun/whatever?
2) on many threads here I've read about the Mill City Farmers Market. The NY TImes recently had a blurb about the St. Paul Farmers Market -- as one of the oldest continually operated in the country and one of the largest. Both seem to be on Saturdays. Since we will have limited time before our flight out on Saturday afternoon, would you recommend one over the other? Which would have more things that we may not see here on the east coast/NYC? We prefer mostly food (produce, cheese, dairy, even prepared foods) over arts/crafts or tchochkes.
3) mentioned on several threads were Muddy Pig, Happy Gnome, Blue Door, and Old Town Tavern (sorry if I've gotten any names wrong). DH is very into local craft brews, cask conditioned ales, etc. Which of these -- or any others? -- would you recommend?
Thanks for any help you can provide. Oh, and as NYers we are used to walking everywhere or using public transit and we'll have a rental, so whatever you recommend should work for us.