Thanks, MiamiDon. Next week I'm making a three-day roadtrip to Minneapolis ( there's a light rail line there that I haven't ridden yet ), and you can expect a trip report on that.
Park at the Mall of America and catch the light rail there. It will take you through the two airport terminals and then downtown. If you time it right you could catch a Twins game as it stops at the Metrodome. It then goes over to First Avenue, a culinary delight, and you can can observe the construction that will finish off at the new Twins ballpark that opens next spring. It is best viewed from the skyway link between Target Center Arena and the 5th Street parking ramp.
At the Mall I recommend the Twin Cities Grill for their Walleye sandwich. On and near First Avenue I recommend Cafe Brenda but it may not be your cup of tea since it is fish, organic and vegetarian, and the 112 Eatery on 3rd Street off First Avenue is top rated in the Twin Cities. The rail goes down 5th Street. For bar food, Rosen's or the Loon Cafe on First Avenue.
One block over downtown off Nicollet Mall on 6th are three places, Lyon's Pub on 6th, Ike's or Murray's. Murray's is a steakhouse that hasn't changed since ca. 1945 with a butterknife steak and garlic toast like you've never experienced. Ike's has a monster hamburger that puts those others mentioned often in the Twin Cities look like fast food. If you hit Lyon's Pub which has two bars, go to the bar nearest Nicollet Mall. If Steve is tending the bar, sit at the bar and mention me. I used to the be "Norm" there in my working days and like to think they put the BPT on their permanent menu because of me. Soft drinks, btw, are free if you sit at the bar for lunch.
Since you are a rail fan you could get off about 36th Street I think and go to the Rail Station
, a bar grill that has meat raffles and a decent pork tenderloin sandwich.
Meat raffles are such a Minnesota thing I think wanderingjew
would get his rocks off on that.
I don't know if I will be in town next week. I just came down from the Gunflint Trail and would have stayed up there if I didn't have to come home and feed the cat. This month I want to get up to Voyageurs National Park and Itasca State Park and am meeting a friend on a lake over in Spooner, WI. Also, I have aims on two BPTs in Wausau and New Glarus, WI. I have all that on my menu while my wife is away in Bolivia this month.