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Minneapolis this weekend

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:17 pm

Third trip there, previous times had no local guide, did fairly lame stuff (except for a ballgame), and ate at unremarkable places. Any expats with some good advice on where to go and eat?
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby fisticuffs » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:19 pm

Stop by the MN Supreme Court and ask them WTF is taking so long.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:35 pm

Right. Anything else?
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby jjoyce » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:35 pm

I'll tell you what I tell everyone: get thee to Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown. Be prepared to stand in line. Soak in the atmosphere.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al%27s_Breakfast

Other places I'd recommend:
http://www.leesliquorlounge.com/
http://www.saintsbaseball.com (in town)
http://www.nyespolonaise.com/
http://www.bryantlakebowl.com/
http://www.broders.com/pasta-bar/index.html
http://www.halftimerec.com/

Looks like there's a cool music thing at the Walker, which will probably be nice. But if you get a chance to visit the 400 Bar, take it. Brit's downtown is kinda touristy, but I think it's pretty cool. Lawn bowling on the roof.

I'll add more if I think of 'em.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby dave esmond » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:43 pm

Jason's got a good list there.

Get a map. Then still be prepared to get lost. Worst street names and layout ever. Blvds and Aves don't follow a set pattern. Numbered streets will have a named street in the middle of 'em and then start back up where they left off. Much less the S vs SW thing. Aaaargh.

It's a pretty fun town tho'.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:49 pm

Thanks Joyce, a big help. That Decemberists show would be sweet, but I have conference and banquet stuff at that time. I will try to check out some of these other things.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby fisticuffs » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:52 pm

Sure the Decemberists would be alright but if you wait a month you could go to this:
http://www.startribune.com/local/482543 ... UycaEacyUs

*Disclaimer supposedly you can catch these titans of 1992 at Scatz this summer as well.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby nevermore » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:23 pm

I once took Jason's advice on the cities (what he recommended above) and had a great time. Two other restaurants worth checking out:

Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant on Nicollet
http://www.harrysinghs.com/
Here's the story: We go into this somewhat non-descript joint and the walls are all covered with reviews about how great the place is but also how deadly the hot sauce is. Being a lover of food with heat, I order the lamb roti and specify "native" hot. The waiter chuckles and suggests that if I want it that hot, rather than cooking the sauce into the dish that I just get the sauce on the side to make sure it's not too hot for me. Thinking "This sunuvabitch's questioning my manhood!", I tell him that I'll be the judge of that. I couldn't feel my face for two hours after dinner. It passed through the next evening in the middle of the third inning of a Cubs/Twins game I was watching at the Metrodump. Think China Syndrome.

Black Forest Inn on 26th
http://www.blackforestinnmpls.com/
Best German food I've ever had. Homemade sausages and spaetzle. Fantastic!

And bring your bike. The trails are pretty.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby Thusnelda » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:10 pm

Blergh, my HTML is so wonky...

Some of the enjoyable places I've been in the Twin Cities:
Hell's Kitchen or Keys -- brunch
Mancini's Char House -- old-school Italian steaks. Mmm, grilled garlic bread.
Punch (multiple locations) -- Neapolitan wood-fired pizza
Izzy's -- awesome ice cream in flavors like Norwegian Chai (with bits of ginger snap) and Dark Chocolate Zin.
Matt's Bar -- home of the Jucy Lucy.
Muddy Pig -- great microbrews and good pub food.

I was hoping to recommend La Bodega for tapas, but it seems to have closed. For a higher-end (but worth it) tapas experience, I haven't been to Solera, but my friends swear by it.

And if you're willing to go out of the way a bit, Phil's Tara Hideaway in Stillwater is an absolute gem. It's nearly tucked under the highway at the end of a gravel road and looks like some sort of roadside shack, but the food is fantastic and it's very relaxed.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby minicat » Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:11 pm

Grumpy's
Bryant Lake Bowl (2nd)
Triple Rock Social Club
400 Bar (2nd)
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:59 am

OK, here's the insider's guide:

If you're interested, there's a huge classic car show at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul this weekend. While in the area, you might want to consider the Como Park Zoo and/or a St. Paul Saints game. Grand Ave is great for shopping. The Tavern on Grand has a nice fish-fry. Grab a beer at the Liffey Irish Pub on West 7th.

On the other side of the river, Nicollet Avenue is known as "eat street", so go there and do that. You may also want to consider Ike's (50 S. Sixth St) for brunch. If you like steaks, Manny's in the funky new W Hotel is the place to go. If sushi is your thing, you need to get to Origami on the warehouse district. Finally, Pop! in Nordeast (across the Mississippi river from downtown) serves funky diner fare. Also, plenty of dive bars in Nordeast. Try Nye's Polonaise Room on Hennepin.

While downtown, Walk the Stone Arch Bridge, stroll Nicollet Mall. Depending on your allegiance, drink a pint at The Local or Brits. Check out the new Guthrie Theater on the river.

Shop/eat in Ned's Uptown 'hood. The epicenter is the corner of Hennepin and Lake streets, but the fun radiates out from there. Don't go too far east on Lake or you'll risk getting a cap in your ass. Mrs Ned likes Chino Latino which bills itself as having "food from the hot zone" (Hennepin Ave). See the newly painted "Spoon and the Cherry" at the Walker sculptrue garden. A few miles south Broder's Pasta Bar has fantastic homemade spagets. Takeout available.

Since Minneapolis is the "city of lakes" you need to walk one. I recommend doing the Mary Tyler Moore opening credits stroll around Lake of the Isles. Stare slack-jawed at the mansions built with liberal guilt (and a few bucks too). Lake Harriet is also nice too. Catch the trolley at the SE corner of Lake Cahoun and ride it to Lake Harriet.

You might also want to check out the new Twins and Goofer's stadia which are both almost completed. You can catch the "light rail" downtown and ride to the Maul of America.

That you hold ya for the weekend.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby Bad Gradger » Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:29 am

Thirding Jason's and Ned's recommendations of a Saints game - if you enjoy the Mallards' atmosphere and presentation. Everything they do was invented and perfected by the Saints a decade and a half ago.
Ned Flanders wrote:Shop/eat in Ned's Uptown 'hood.

Considering that Uptown is basically Minneapolis' equivalent of this isthmus, you must really love the place.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:12 am

Actually, UptownSouth Minneapolis is really a Monroe St./Olin Park hybrid. All of the lefty lunacy with more dollars thrown into the mix. Of course it varies from block to block.
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Re: Minneapolis this weekend

Postby minicat » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:21 am

In the Uptown area, also visit the CC Club and Bob's Java Hut.
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