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Como Park Conservatory, St. Paul MN

Minnesota is filled with great restaurants, bars and activities. Whether you are in the Twin Cities, Duluth or Rochester, there’s always some great place to go. But, what do you do when you are in a strange location? Wouldn’t it be nice to have recommendations from colleagues on where to go?  Let the MMA be your guide. We’ve put together some staff and MMA leadership picks on where to go in the metro area.

In the coming months, we’ll add recommendations for Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud and other cities in Minnesota. If you have a recommendation for these places, please send them to OnTheTown@mnmed.org.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Food and drink:

Hell’s Kitchen for breakfast. There are a lot of great things on the menu, but I haven’t tried them because I always have the Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes. Make a reservation because weekends are busy with jazz music during brunch.” – Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., MMA President

It’s Greek to Me serves the best Greek food this side of Athens.” - Kim Kiser, editor, Minnesota Medicine

“With great food, comfy seating and a fabulous décor – the Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown is a definite ‘must-visit’ while in the Twin Cities!” – Juliana Milhofer, policy analyst

“Go for lunch at the Midtown Global Market. It’s a public market with restaurants, groceries and gift items- jewelry, clothing and accessories- from many countries around the world.” - Carmen Peota, editor, Minnesota Medicine

“Take advantage of the explosion in craft brewing in Minneapolis at one of the local brewpubs612 Brew, Dangerous Man Brewing Co., and Indeed Brewing Co. are all close to the University of Minnesota.” – Dan Hauser, senior communications manager

“The North Loop area of Minneapolis’ warehouse district has become the hot new destination neighborhood for good eats. Try The Bachelor Farmer, which serves up Scandinavian comfort food, or the Smack Shack, which is known for its lobster dishes.” - Barbara Daiker, manager of quality

Jax Café in northeast Minneapolis is an institution.  It’s an old-school steakhouse with live lobster or trout (in the summer). They often have infused vodka for a fantastic martini in the bar.” – Kathleen Baumbach, manager of member outreach

Activities:

The Mill-City Museum provides a great history of Minneapolis with wonderful views of St. Anthony Falls.” – Barbara Daiker, manager of quality

“On a cold day, check out the Como Park Conservatory. It’s the perfect oasis when there is snow on the ground.” - Sandy Nentwig, administrative assistant, policy and legislative affairs

“There’s something for everyone at the Minnesota History Center. The current featured exhibit on Prohibition is well-worth a visit.” - Kim Kiser, senior editor, Minnesota Medicine

“Skate the Oval! It has great skating fun for individuals, groups, families. The Guidant John Rose MN Oval and its indoor arena have frequent open skating sessions. You can rent skates or bring your own.” – Dennis Kelly, CEO, MMA Foundation

“The Bell Museum of Natural History is a great destination for the whole family.” – Jaime Olson, manager of continuing education

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