Whether you’re staying at a hotel or just passing through the area, meals are a necessity to keep your blood sugar stable. Some hotels offer quaint coffee shops or cafeteria-style venues, while others spend much more time and thought on their restaurant business. Minnesota hotels often keep locals coming back for the food even if they aren’t taking advantage of the lodgings. Check out these hotels with restaurants worth dining at.
Hotel Ivy – Porter & Frye, Minneapolis
201 S. 11th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Erected in 1930 as a Second Church of Christian Scientists headquarters, the historic Ivy Building in downtown Minneapolis now houses a number of condominiums, commercial units, as well as the Hotel Ivy and Porter & Frye. The Hotel Ivy is considered a luxury hotel and is also well known for its beautiful space specifically for weddings and wedding receptions. Porter & Frye’s tagline is simple and to the point: “Modern, Midwest.” The upscale spot serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and on Thursday nights, a Chef’s tasting menu.
The Westin Edina Galleria – McCormick and Schmick’s, Edina
Edina, MN 55435
The Westin Edina Galleria is located near the historic Southdale Mall, attached to upscale shopping at the Galleria and 10 minutes from the Mall of America and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. The Westin is a great option for business trips or to put the in-laws up in style when the homestead is just a bit too cramped. McCormick and Schmick’s is a well-known restaurant with locations in 24 States. It features fresh seafood and aged steaks with classic preparation. M&S is well known for its excellent happy hour food and don’t miss the dessert menu. Ask about the Chocolate Bag, a chocolate-wrapped fruit treat that is unique to the area.
The Grandview Lodge – Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar, Nisswa
23521 Nokomis Ave.
Nisswa, MN 56468
The Grandview Lodge has been welcoming vacationing Minnesotans since 1916. Today, it is a national destination spot for golf, fishing and water recreation. The choices for lodging are vast: cabins, suites, condos, villas, cottages and even homes. It offers several options for dining as well, but Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar is the real standout. Cru offers an upscale menu of continental favorites alongside an impressive array of small plates, but the real feature is the wine list. Literally thousands of bottles of notable wines from around the world along with 25 wines by the glass set Cru apart from other Nisswa spots. Cru is a taste of the metropolitan in the quiet of the Northwoods.
The St. James Hotel – The Port, Red Wing Minnesota
406 Main St.
Red Wing, MN 55066
In the late 1800s, Red Wing, Minnesota was a world class wheat trading center situated on the Mississippi. A group of local businessmen realized that to continue to compete at a global level, Red Wing needed some first class accommodations, and in 1875, the St. James Hotel was opened. Now attractive to guests for the charm of small town Red Wing, the old-world grace of the establishment and the access the location provides to river recreation, the St. James continues to provide a high level of sophisticated service. The Port, one of several options for dining in the hotel, is an upscale, chef-driven option for romantic evenings or dinner with family and friends. Take a drive down highway 61, enjoy the scenery and pamper yourself at The Port and the St. James Hotel.
Archer House River Inn – Chapati Cuisine of India, Northfield
212 Division St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Northfield is the location of the failed 1882 Jesse James Gang bank robbery and subsequent gun battle. Because of this event, it is a riveting historical sight. So if you are going to do a little historic investigation in Northfield (or just see some historic sights), stay at the Archer House Inn. It will transport you back to the 1800s with its period class and grace. While there, enjoy any of the dining options, but for something a little original, try Chapati: Cuisine of India. Chapati warns its guests that its food is not fast-food and that is an understatement. Stop in, stay the night or just to sample some quality Indian fare. And try not to rob a bank, Northfield doesn’t put up with that nonsense.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.