So, I am hosting a visitor from out of the country in the mid-fall and I want to take her to experience some typical American food that she hears about all of the time. Maybe Vietnamese food, too. East African food is out, though. I'd like these to be independently owned places, if possible. And they must be baby friendly, so I imagine we'll be dining at some pretty casual places.
I don't necessarily need the "best" in each category, but the one that would give her the best sense of a typical American experience might be. For instance, I would normally say Meritage has the best burger and fries in the Metro Area, but I would in this case probably prefer to take her to the Nook or something instead because I think that's a more typical "burger" experience. (Although, I might take her to Meritage for oysters!) I love Hell's Kitchen, but I'd rather take her someplace where she could get more typical pancakes. Al's would be perfect, except that I don't think that's baby friendly.
I have probably a week's worth of meals and breakfast, lunch and dinner are all fair game. Anywhere in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Bloomington would work for us, though who knows, we might be out and about to the Minnesota Zoo or Stillwater, Afton, apple picking, etc.
So, what typical American food experiences does she need to have and where shall we take her? Burgers? Pizza? Ice cream? Mexican Food? Poutine (Canadian food, eh?) Barbeque? Mac and cheese? Pancakes? Pie?
EDIT: would the corn stand at El Burrito Mercado still be operating in early to mid-fall? I'm thinking corn is pretty American.
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