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Best Places To Eat Before The Show In Minnesota

September 25, 2013 7:00 AM

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Going to the Guthrie Theater or the Ordway? Plan on attending a concert or musical at the Target Center or Xcel Energy Center ? The food-eating experience in Minnesota is fully loaded with different types of venues that are tailored to exquisite individuals looking to fill their bellies after a show or event. Want simple, laid-back or upscale dining? Look no further!

Sea Change
818 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 225-6499
www.seachangempls.com

Sea Change, restaurant and bar, has been successful since it opened back in 2009. The venue affixed at the Guthrie Theater is the perfect place to grab a sustainable seafood meal before or after a show. The award-winning chef, Tim McKee, introduced Minnesota’s first exclusive responsible and environmental seafood restaurant. The green philosophy of Sea Change is very much alive in the way the restaurant runs the business, including the methods of gathering and farming foods. Whatever the show may be, a convenient location is here with a list of high-quality menu choices at reasonable prices.

The Liffey Irish Pub
175 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 556-1420
www.theliffey.com

The Liffey Irish Pub first opened in February 2003. It is part of the successful Cara Irish Pub family that includes other pubs like The Local, Kieran’s Irish Pub and Cooper Pub. The Liffey is a convenient location within walking distance of the Xcel Energy Center, which serves many people on their way to a concert or sporting event. The restaurant’s name comes from the proximity to the Mississippi River and cultural ties to Dublin. The location was remodeled in the summer of 2011, injecting a little more color and flair while continuing to sizzle customers with its delicious Irish style of food.

Bar La Grassa
800 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-3837
www.barlagrassa.com

Bar La Grassa is a joint enterprise started by the celebrated chef Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery’s restaurant location and Nancy St. Pierre of Belle Vie. An Italian restaurant located within a few clicks of the Target Center, Bar La Grassa is a neighborhood-style restaurant that offers a unique and fresh set of authentic Italian dishes. It is strategically located to grab food before or after a show in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. This is an award-winning eatery that’s been recognized in numerous categories from the best chef to most influential restaurants in the region.

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Pazzaluna
360 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 223-7000
www.pazzaluna.com

Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant and Bar is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul. It has been in business since 1998, serving authentic, fresh Italian food. If you are going to attend an event at the Ordway, the Xcel Energy Center or the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, this restaurant is the perfect spot to grab an upscale meal. The interior design with rich earth tones along with a facelift to its Roman columns are all but one of the many dazzling surprises for this award-winning location. Not only will you have access to St. Paul’s scenic area, but you’ll enjoy freshly cooked Italian dishes worth the price.

508 Bar & Restaurant
508 1st Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-0036
www.bar508.com

The 508 Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown, offering a full-size menu of options. Within close proximity to the Target Center, Target Field and other important attractions, 508 is a great dining experience that fuses a blend of contemporary cuisine for before or after events. It is a two-level venue with 24 tap beer choices, signature wines and a notorious upbeat atmosphere. The top level features sleek large booths while the downstairs has two full bars with high-top seating and elevated booths. The location provides impeccable service, with a diverse menu and plenty of people to interact with.

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Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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