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Where to wander for the best in eating near the MCC
Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center

Where to Eat Near the Minneapolis Convention Center

The best in eating and drinking that’s walking distance on the street and in the skyways

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Where to wander for the best in eating near the MCC
| Photo Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center

Most seasons in Minneapolis are beautiful. There’s the verdant green of summer and all the other ones that are easily viewed from our skyway system connecting most of downtown in an ariel glass pathway that means while visiting, it’s easy to stay out of the elements. The Convention Center is connected, although it’s a bit of a winding hike. The good news is that at the end of these journeys, there are plenty of places in downtown Minneapolis to explore for great food and world class drinks. Here are the best bets, walking distance from the Convention Center.

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P.S. Steak

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A quick Uber/Lyft ride away is the most elegant restaurant in Minneapolis, an a perfect spot to grab an impressive steak dinner. At the base of an historic building that houses high-end condos is an opulent dining room with a menu and beverage that are the best in expense account dining.

Outside walk.

One of two dining rooms available
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

Lotus Restaurant

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A longtime favorite for takeaway Vietnamese fare with legendary eggrolls.

Outside walk.

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Butcher & The Boar

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This beer and bourbon meat paradise has been packed since it opened several years ago. Vie for bar space inside, try and snag a reservation or dip into the year-round beer garden out back. Inside massive pork chops are smoked, while outside brats and sausages pair perfectly with the beer selections.

A tray with a big sandwich and fries on top of a barrel in front of an Adam Turman mural that was the side of Butcher and the Boar. The mural shows yellow flowers and barrels
Snacks out on the patio or a decadent, higher end full dinner inside
Butcher and the Boar [Official]

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

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This slick brewery is a favorite of Minneapolis beer aficionados. Have a hang with a beer flight and a round of hammerschlagen. There’s no food made on site, but food trucks make a regular appearance.

Outside walk.

The Nicollet Diner

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A 24 hour diner with classy griddled and fried food along with malts and some boozy options.

Outside walk.

Sushi Train

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Grab a plate from the rotating ones available on the little train rolling through the restaurant. Incredibly fresh, satisfying sushi are available for lunch and dinner.

Outside walk.

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Brit's Pub

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An English-style pub with fantastic rooftop bocce ball court and plenty of nooks and crannies for a pint and a plate of hearty bar fare.

Outside walk.

Devil's Advocate

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A cozy bar/restaurant right on Nicollet Avenue with a pretty fireplace for cool evenings and sidewalk seats when the weather cooperates. Open for lunch and dinner with a menu full of pizza, pasta, and a few sandwiches. DA is best known for a wide selection of great beer.

Outside walk.

A polished pasta restaurant with an attached bar. Sleek style and classic Italian fare that’s a continually popular downtown lunch and happy hour stop.

Accessible by skyway.

Monello

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Monello is an ideal spot for an elegant dinner from executive chef Mike DeCamp. The restaurant has a way with pasta and no matter what the meal, it should always include a dish of the freshly-made noodles and a liquid pairing from the impressive wine list.

Accessible by skyway.

Fresh pasta at Monello
Always, always get the pasta
Monello/Facebook

Hell's Kitchen Inc.

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An institution of downtown dining, Hell’s Kitchen is known for its incredible breakfast with dishes like the sausage bread, lemon ricotta pancakes and outstanding homemade peanut butter, that’s available to purchase by the jar. The Ralph Steadman art and gothic style leads from breakfast right on through lunch and into a pleasant setting for happy hour or drinks after a long day of meeting.

Accessible by skyway.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Begin with breakfast
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

Manny's Steakhouse

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A masculine old-school steak house with massive cuts of beef with polished service at the base of a hotel.

Accessible by skyway.

Cafe Patteen

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A rare standalone, independent coffee shop just a quick skyway jaunt away. Patteen also serves quiche and baked goods made inside this tiny slip of a shop.

Skyway accessible.

Cafe Patteen/Facebook

Hot Indian

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What began as a food truck has become a massively popular lunch stop in the skyway. Hot Indian is known for it’s Indian burritos, stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetarian options, wrapped in naan and the irresistibly crispy, spiced fries.

Skyway accessible.

Two wraps with naan, meats, and veggies Hot Indian Food / Website

P.S. Steak

One of two dining rooms available
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

A quick Uber/Lyft ride away is the most elegant restaurant in Minneapolis, an a perfect spot to grab an impressive steak dinner. At the base of an historic building that houses high-end condos is an opulent dining room with a menu and beverage that are the best in expense account dining.

Outside walk.

One of two dining rooms available
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

Lotus Restaurant

Lotus / Facebook

A longtime favorite for takeaway Vietnamese fare with legendary eggrolls.

Outside walk.

Lotus / Facebook

Butcher & The Boar

A tray with a big sandwich and fries on top of a barrel in front of an Adam Turman mural that was the side of Butcher and the Boar. The mural shows yellow flowers and barrels
Snacks out on the patio or a decadent, higher end full dinner inside
Butcher and the Boar [Official]

This beer and bourbon meat paradise has been packed since it opened several years ago. Vie for bar space inside, try and snag a reservation or dip into the year-round beer garden out back. Inside massive pork chops are smoked, while outside brats and sausages pair perfectly with the beer selections.

A tray with a big sandwich and fries on top of a barrel in front of an Adam Turman mural that was the side of Butcher and the Boar. The mural shows yellow flowers and barrels
Snacks out on the patio or a decadent, higher end full dinner inside
Butcher and the Boar [Official]

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

This slick brewery is a favorite of Minneapolis beer aficionados. Have a hang with a beer flight and a round of hammerschlagen. There’s no food made on site, but food trucks make a regular appearance.

Outside walk.

The Nicollet Diner

A 24 hour diner with classy griddled and fried food along with malts and some boozy options.

Outside walk.

Sushi Train

Sushi Train/Facebook

Grab a plate from the rotating ones available on the little train rolling through the restaurant. Incredibly fresh, satisfying sushi are available for lunch and dinner.

Outside walk.

Sushi Train/Facebook

Brit's Pub

An English-style pub with fantastic rooftop bocce ball court and plenty of nooks and crannies for a pint and a plate of hearty bar fare.

Outside walk.

Devil's Advocate

A cozy bar/restaurant right on Nicollet Avenue with a pretty fireplace for cool evenings and sidewalk seats when the weather cooperates. Open for lunch and dinner with a menu full of pizza, pasta, and a few sandwiches. DA is best known for a wide selection of great beer.

Outside walk.

Zelo

A polished pasta restaurant with an attached bar. Sleek style and classic Italian fare that’s a continually popular downtown lunch and happy hour stop.

Accessible by skyway.

Monello

Fresh pasta at Monello
Always, always get the pasta
Monello/Facebook

Monello is an ideal spot for an elegant dinner from executive chef Mike DeCamp. The restaurant has a way with pasta and no matter what the meal, it should always include a dish of the freshly-made noodles and a liquid pairing from the impressive wine list.

Accessible by skyway.

Fresh pasta at Monello
Always, always get the pasta
Monello/Facebook

Hell's Kitchen Inc.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Begin with breakfast
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

An institution of downtown dining, Hell’s Kitchen is known for its incredible breakfast with dishes like the sausage bread, lemon ricotta pancakes and outstanding homemade peanut butter, that’s available to purchase by the jar. The Ralph Steadman art and gothic style leads from breakfast right on through lunch and into a pleasant setting for happy hour or drinks after a long day of meeting.

Accessible by skyway.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Begin with breakfast
Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

Manny's Steakhouse

A masculine old-school steak house with massive cuts of beef with polished service at the base of a hotel.

Accessible by skyway.

Cafe Patteen

Cafe Patteen/Facebook

A rare standalone, independent coffee shop just a quick skyway jaunt away. Patteen also serves quiche and baked goods made inside this tiny slip of a shop.

Skyway accessible.

Cafe Patteen/Facebook

Hot Indian

Two wraps with naan, meats, and veggies Hot Indian Food / Website

What began as a food truck has become a massively popular lunch stop in the skyway. Hot Indian is known for it’s Indian burritos, stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetarian options, wrapped in naan and the irresistibly crispy, spiced fries.

Skyway accessible.

Two wraps with naan, meats, and veggies Hot Indian Food / Website

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