Sue Z. Says

How about planning a foodie vacation at one of the great hotels in downtown Minneapolis? The W at the Foshay (821 Marquette Ave., 612-215-3700) recently open after an extensive remodel by local hotelier Ralph Burnet, and now boasts Manny’s, my all-time favorite restaurant, which relocated from the Hyatt and now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Hotel Ivy (201 S. 11th St., 612-746-4600) created a buzz from the day it opened in February with its gorgeous lobby, elegant day spa, and its delightful restaurant, Porter & Frye, helmed by executive chef Steven Brown. The Chambers (901 Hennepin Ave., 612-767-6900) is always a treat with their ongoing art exhibits (docent tours of the art galleries are available upon request), and fabulous Chambers Kitchen. At the Graves 601 Hotel (601 First Ave. N., 612-677-1100), you must have a meal at Cosmos, where executive chef Stephen Trojahn offers amazing fare in a chic dining room. The Hotel Minneapolis (215 Fourth St. S., 612-340-2000), in the former Midland Bank building, features a vast bar and lounge. And make sure your lunch order at its Restaurant Max includes the ahi tuna with soy mirin sauce and wilted spinach. You can indulge in a weekend feeding frenzy at Oceanaire Seafood Room inside the Hyatt Regency (1300 Nicollet Mall, 612-370-1234). And we can’t forget the Radisson Plaza (35 Seventh St. S., 612-339-4900), which features FireLake restaurant, with executive chef Paul Lynch’s award-winning, Minnesota-themed menu.

Sue Zelickson is host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.