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I'll be in town for the San Diego game and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to eat or any "must see" type stuff. Looking for places to eat/bars on the more casual end, maybe somewhere with a good craft beer selection. It's me, my dad, and my brother so it doesn't need to be fancy. We're pretty adventurous when it comes to food although stuff like lutefisk might be a little too adventurous....

If anyone is going to the game and wants to meet up, let me know too.


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http://www.twincities.com/restaurants/ci_25621086/20-twin-cities-restaurants-youll-add-your-eat

I ate at the Butcher and the Boar ... Very good food and Beer


http://sallyssaloon.net/

close to university stadium and very popular

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You're the second person to recommend the Butcher and the Boar. Think I'll have to make a stop there. Sounds pretty popular, do you need reservations?

Also anyone have suggestions on where to stay?


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What kind of food do you like?

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What kind of food do you like?


I'm not super picky although I don't like sweets all that much. When I travel, I usually try to go for local foods that you can't get elsewhere or at least not at the same quality level.


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We're pretty adventurous when it comes to food although stuff like lutefisk might be a little too adventurous....

Oh god.. did the Scandinavian immigrants bring that aberration with them to 'sota? I feel for you :lol:


Anyway, I've heard a lot of good things about the Happy Gnome in St. Paul if you can consider going over there. They seem to have a great craft beer selection. I didn't have a chance to visit in my last two trips to Minneapolis, so I don't have any first hand experience.
http://thehappygnome.com/

If you want steak I recommend Manny's (Marquette & 9th). I've never been disappointed by the food there. You might need a reservation if you're going on a friday/saturday night.

Across the street from Manny's you have a small grill establishment, 8th street grill. Decent selection of craft beer and quite good burgers.

Hell's Kitchen has great breakfast & brunch.
http://www.hellskitcheninc.com/


Not sure what's there to see in Minneapolis tbh and I'm sure some locals can give some great suggestions.

The Mill Ruins Park(Portland Ave, by the Mississippi) is slightly interesting if you're into old history.
Next to that is the Gold Medal Flour Mill, which was a museum(I think) last time I was there, might also be interesting.

The area around the lakes(Cedar, Calhoun) is supposed to be really nice if you're into nature and a chill atmosphere. I didn't have a chance to visit myself but was recommended it by some locals.


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We're pretty adventurous when it comes to food although stuff like lutefisk might be a little too adventurous....

Oh god.. did the Scandinavian immigrants bring that aberration with them to 'sota? I feel for you :lol:


I don't know how prevalent it is but I saw it on Bizarre Foods. That guy Zimmern is from Minnesota. I don't know, fish soaked in lye is a little too much for me and even he didn't seem to be enjoying himself...


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Anyway, I've heard a lot of good things about the Happy Gnome in St. Paul if you can consider going over there. They seem to have a great craft beer selection. I didn't have a chance to visit in my last two trips to Minneapolis, so I don't have any first hand experience.
http://thehappygnome.com/

If you want steak I recommend Manny's (Marquette & 9th). I've never been disappointed by the food there. You might need a reservation if you're going on a friday/saturday night.

Across the street from Manny's you have a small grill establishment, 8th street grill. Decent selection of craft beer and quite good burgers.

Hell's Kitchen has great breakfast & brunch.
http://www.hellskitcheninc.com/


Not sure what's there to see in Minneapolis tbh and I'm sure some locals can give some great suggestions.

The Mill Ruins Park(Portland Ave, by the Mississippi) is slightly interesting if you're into old history.
Next to that is the Gold Medal Flour Mill, which was a museum(I think) last time I was there, might also be interesting.

The area around the lakes(Cedar, Calhoun) is supposed to be really nice if you're into nature and a chill atmosphere. I didn't have a chance to visit myself but was recommended it by some locals.


Thanks for the suggestions, we'll have a car so we should be able to check some of those places out. As for steak, we're probably going to Ward's in Milwaukee, which is supposed to have massive prime rib so we might be good on steakhouses for now.


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You're the second person to recommend the Butcher and the Boar. Think I'll have to make a stop there. Sounds pretty popular, do you need reservations?

Also anyone have suggestions on where to stay?


Butcher and the Boar is quite expensive - it's extremely tasty though, it's located near Loring Park, close to my office, actually.

My first thought was to suggest George and the Dragon: http://www.ganddpub.com/ - So delicious. One of my favorite spots in Minneapolis. You'll not be disappointed.

Also, check out Surly's new beer hall/brewery.

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You're the second person to recommend the Butcher and the Boar. Think I'll have to make a stop there. Sounds pretty popular, do you need reservations?

Also anyone have suggestions on where to stay?


Butcher and the Boar is quite expensive - it's extremely tasty though, it's located near Loring Park, close to my office, actually.

My first thought was to suggest George and the Dragon: http://www.ganddpub.com/ - So delicious. One of my favorite spots in Minneapolis. You'll not be disappointed.

Also, check out Surly's new beer hall/brewery.


Made a reservation for Butcher, it's about a 5 minute walk from our hotel according to Google. We were thinking of hitting Surly's after the game, would that be a good idea? I don't know how hard it is to get a cab/uber after the game. I hear traffic is pretty bad and the rail too since everyone is leaving all at once.

Is George and the Dragon in downtown? Since it looks like we're staying close to where you work, any nearby bars you would recommend?


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Butcher is really really good food .. I have never been to TCF

Have a great time man... I am Jealous .. Chargers game
maybe A.P. runs for over 300 yards against them laughs

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Butcher is really really good food .. I have never been to TCF

Have a great time man... I am Jealous .. Chargers game
maybe A.P. runs for over 300 yards against them laughs


Thanks, pretty excited about my first game live. We're driving to Lambeau after to watch the Pack play the Chiefs (my brother's team) on Monday night. Still deciding if I want to wear a Vikings jersey there :lol:


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Thanks, pretty excited about my first game live. We're driving to Lambeau after to watch the Pack play the Chiefs (my brother's team) on Monday night. Still deciding if I want to wear a Vikings jersey there :lol:


I have heard there fans will talk a lot of smack but leave it that ....I wouldn't wear Vikings Jersey anywhere else anymore..
Our society is just a mess, and too many ignorant people in this world. The last pre season game I went to (that I wore a
Vikings jersey) Vikings vs 49ers 2009? or 2010... Farve was there ....I had multiple problems with people.. I was with three
teenage kids and I end up shoving a guy into car in the parking lot.. drunk guy who blocked my path..He got some sore ribs
and back and I drove off. 49ers games are almost as bad as Oakland now .. They had a shooting at a 49ers / Raiders game
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You're the second person to recommend the Butcher and the Boar. Think I'll have to make a stop there. Sounds pretty popular, do you need reservations?

Also anyone have suggestions on where to stay?


Butcher and the Boar is quite expensive - it's extremely tasty though, it's located near Loring Park, close to my office, actually.

My first thought was to suggest George and the Dragon: http://www.ganddpub.com/ - So delicious. One of my favorite spots in Minneapolis. You'll not be disappointed.

Also, check out Surly's new beer hall/brewery.


Made a reservation for Butcher, it's about a 5 minute walk from our hotel according to Google. We were thinking of hitting Surly's after the game, would that be a good idea? I don't know how hard it is to get a cab/uber after the game. I hear traffic is pretty bad and the rail too since everyone is leaving all at once.

Is George and the Dragon in downtown? Since it looks like we're staying close to where you work, any nearby bars you would recommend?


You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.

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When I went to Minnesota, my girlfriend found this really cool mall...


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You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.


Thanks man, appreciate all the suggestions. Do you think we could get away with taking the rail over to TCF (leave early) then use Uber to get back to the hotel?

We're only spending a few days in Minnesota so not sure if we can get out to St. Paul. I plan on going back next year when the new stadium opens so at that point I'll have much more time to explore.


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frosted wrote:
You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.


Thanks man, appreciate all the suggestions. Do you think we could get away with taking the rail over to TCF (leave early) then use Uber to get back to the hotel?

We're only spending a few days in Minnesota so not sure if we can get out to St. Paul. I plan on going back next year when the new stadium opens so at that point I'll have much more time to explore.


I think you'd be just fine doing so, I took the light rail to the Panther's game last year, then bar hopped after the game, before taking the light rail home a few hours later after the crowd thinned out.

As an aside, I drove by the new stadium on my way home from work yesterday. Good LORD! The thing is an absolute beast.

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I think you'd be just fine doing so, I took the light rail to the Panther's game last year, then bar hopped after the game, before taking the light rail home a few hours later after the crowd thinned out.

As an aside, I drove by the new stadium on my way home from work yesterday. Good LORD! The thing is an absolute beast.


What exit did you get off to go the University Stadium ?

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I think you'd be just fine doing so, I took the light rail to the Panther's game last year, then bar hopped after the game, before taking the light rail home a few hours later after the crowd thinned out.

As an aside, I drove by the new stadium on my way home from work yesterday. Good LORD! The thing is an absolute beast.


What exit did you get off to go the University Stadium ?


I believe the light rail station is called Stadium Village Station - if you're coming from downtown, you transfer to the Green Line at the Downtown East Station, which is right by the NEW stadium.

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I believe the light rail station is called Stadium Village Station - if you're coming from downtown, you transfer to the Green Line at the Downtown East Station, which is right by the NEW stadium.


yeah the only line I have used is the one that run from MOA to old stadium ....

I did take a transit bus out to Eden on one of my game trips ...

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You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.


Frosted has given some great suggestions in this thread.

I no longer live in Minneapolis, but I do get to spend some time there each summer. I continue to think it's one of this country's underrated gems. I love it (especially in the summer!).

Another place I love is Brasa. It's a rotisserie/ Creole-Comfort food joint in my old neighborhood: Northeast (Nord East as locals say).

I didn't get a chance to hit the new Surly brew hall/ restaurant this summer, but I sure sucked down my share of Furious this summer while up in Minny. Love that stuff!


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You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.


Frosted has given some great suggestions in this thread.

I no longer live in Minneapolis, but I do get to spend some time there each summer. I continue to think it's one of this country's underrated gems. I love it (especially in the summer!).

Another place I love is Brasa. It's a rotisserie/ Creole-Comfort food joint in my old neighborhood: Northeast (Nord East as locals say).

I didn't get a chance to hit the new Surly brew hall/ restaurant this summer, but I sure sucked down my share of Furious this summer while up in Minny. Love that stuff!


I went to Brasa for supper on my last birthday...oh my god. Delicious.


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You won't be disappointed with Butcher and the Boar. It's honestly fantastic. I recommend the lobster grilled cheese. Simply amazing.

Surly after the game would be ideal - it's less than a mile from the Bank, so you could probably just walk there after the game.

Light rail can be hectic for Viking games. I think you'd be better off using Uber. Usually the best way to go. I have used the light rail for a Viking game at the Bank, the only downside is when you leave, the line to get on is a mile long.

George and the Dragon isn't downtown, it's in SW Minneapolis, in the Lynnhurst neighborhood, so a little further, but definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Asian Hangover if you choose to dine there.

As far as bars I would recommend near my office - The Bulldog (Downtown, there's another location in Northeast) is good- Eli's is a quality spot to have a drink and grab a bite to eat (get the Egg Sandwich if you go to Eli's - delicious). Britt's Pub is really cool as well. I would try to stop in there for a drink if you get the chance.

I don't know if you've ever been, but in my biased opinion, it's a wonderful city. St. Paul is also really cool.


Frosted has given some great suggestions in this thread.

I no longer live in Minneapolis, but I do get to spend some time there each summer. I continue to think it's one of this country's underrated gems. I love it (especially in the summer!).

Another place I love is Brasa. It's a rotisserie/ Creole-Comfort food joint in my old neighborhood: Northeast (Nord East as locals say).

I didn't get a chance to hit the new Surly brew hall/ restaurant this summer, but I sure sucked down my share of Furious this summer while up in Minny. Love that stuff!


I went to Brasa for supper on my last birthday...oh my god. Delicious.


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We seem to share the same tastes in a lot of things: restaurants, beer / breweries, LBers named Dawson :lol: .


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We seem to share the same tastes in a lot of things: restaurants, beer / breweries, LBers named Dawson :lol: .


Great minds think a like, etc.

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Recap:

We got in Friday and drove to Mall of America as my brother needed Vikings gear. We ate at Crave in the mall for lunch, which was fine but nothing special. We had a late dinner at 112 Eatery, which was very good. Steak tartare and the scallops were tasty apps, didn't care much for the ricotta but I'm not a big fan on that cheese in general. Entree I had the tagliatelle, I'm pretty sure they make their own pasta.

Saturday we hit some bars in St. Paul. The first was Tin Whiskers. It was alright but more than half the bar was Chargers fans. We did a bunch of flights then headed over to Happy Gnome. Ohjay, thanks for suggesting this one, this bar was awesome. TONS of craft beers. Butcher & the Boar for dinner and it lived up to the hype. I thought the sausage sampler and the thick cut pork chops were really good. We also had the long rib (good) and the steak (okay but not a fan of blue cheese). Hit a jazz club close to the hotel although the band playing wasn't playing jazz but they were pretty good.

Sunday we checked out the new stadium and had a tailgate at the preview center. We then got on the green line to the game, and when I mean get on, I mean squished in like a sardine (felt like I was back in Japan!). Lunch at the stadium. The line to take the green line back was absolutely ridiculous so we walked to Surly's. Really good beer and I liked the vibe of the outdoor area. We wandered around downtown for dinner and finally ended up at a restaurant I can't recall. Food was good but it was late and most places were closed. We also checked out Marvel bar in time for 1 drink (didn't realize last call is so early in Min). My cocktail was too sweet but I usually say that about all my cocktails, I don't know why I keep ordering them. Pretty laid back place but pricey and a bit crowded.

That's most of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Spent a day in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Chicago as well if anyone is headed that way and interested in my takeaway. The short version is Green Bay - fans are really nice, hilarious that you park in people's yards and bench seating sucks. Milwaukee - Lakefront brewery has a great tour and good beers. Great Lakes distillery if you like spirits. Chicago - awesome architecture, soldier field looks like a UFO crashed into an old school stadium, and deep dish pizza is overrated.


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Sounds like a good trip!! I'm glad you were able to spend some tim up here.

I was at GB for my uncle's funeral a few years ago, and I hated it. It was nice, quiet, and peaceful, but Packer stuff was everywhere. So annoying. Of couse, if the Vikings had half of the success as GB in the last 25 years, I would expect that here too.

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There is a little burger place on Kauai that has patty melt's in a shopping center

I searched and nothing went ding ding ding .. I know it had outside green carpet
and had a lot of outside dinning...

I went to it twice the week we were there (Joe's on the green)
maybe ...I think the name of shopping center was coconut grove maybe ...

808 this thread reminded me of it ..

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There is a little burger place on Kauai that has patty melt's in a shopping center

I searched and nothing went ding ding ding .. I know it had outside green carpet
and had a lot of outside dinning...

I went to it twice the week we were there (Joe's on the green)
maybe ...I think the name of shopping center was coconut grove maybe ...

808 this thread reminded me of it ..

Do you remember the name of the town?

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I know it was like eight or ten minutes from the airport on the island. Heading away from the little grand canyon
and towards the north side of the island. I think the shopping center was called coconut something. I want
to say it was called Jake's or J.T.s shack ??? I looked online at maps and the town is Kappa I believe

it looks like the place changed to Cafe Cucco now based what I remember by looking at pics online

too bad the burger was one of the best I ever had

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Post Re: Where to eat, what to see in Minneapolis?
S197 wrote:
We did a bunch of flights then headed over to Happy Gnome. Ohjay, thanks for suggesting this one, this bar was awesome.

Glad you liked it! :thumbsup:
Makes me regret even more not going there :wallbang:
Oh well, next time I'm in 'sota I'll definitely visit the Gnome.


Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:50 am
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