Minnesota Visitors Guide

Downtown Restaurants

Manny’s Steakhouse
http://www.mannyssteakhouse.com/

Oceanaire Seafood Room
http://www.theoceanaire.com/

Palomino
http://www.palomino.com/

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
http://www.ruthschris.com/

Murray’s
http://www.murraysrestaurant.com/

Gianni’s Steakhouse
http://www.giannis-steakhouse.com/

Azia Restaurant
http://www.aziarestaurant.com/

The Capital Grille
http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/About/main.asp

Uptown Restaurants

Chino Latino
http://www.chinolatino.com/

Fuji Ya
http://www.fujiyasushi.com/

Bloomington

Kincaid’s
http://www.kincaids.com/

Eden Prairie

Biaggi’s
http://www.biaggis.com/

Redstone American Grill
http://www.redstonegrill.com/

Minnetonka

Bacio
http://www.baciomn.com/

Edina

Ciao Bella
http://www.ciaobellamn.com/

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
http://www.ordway.org/

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
http://www.artsmia.org/

The Walker Art Institute and the Sculpture Garden
http://www.walkerart.org/index.wac

Science Museum of Minnesota
http://www.smm.org/

The Children’s Museum
http://www.mcm.org/

Weisman Museum
http://www.weisman.umn.edu/

The Mall of America (Bloomington)
http://www.mallofamerica.com/

Southdale Shopping Center (Edina)
http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1249

Eden Prairie Center (Eden Prairie)
http://www.edenprairiecenter.com/html/index14.asp

50th and France (Edina)
http://www.50thandfrance.com/

Nicollet Mall (downtown Minneapolis)
http://www.nicolletmall.com/

10 Interesting Facts about Minnesota

1. Minnesota has the 16th largest metropolitan area with more than 2.8 million people.

2. Famous firms with headquarters in Minnesota include Best Buy, UnitedHealth Group, Medtronic, Carlson Companies, Target Corporation, SuperValu, 3M and more.

3. The Mall of America shopping Center in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields, over 9.5 million square feet in size.

4. Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.

5. Because of our thousands of lakes, Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline. More than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.

6. Rochester is home of the world famous Mayo Clinic. The clinic is a major teaching and working facility. It is known world wide for its doctor's expertise and the newest methods of treatments.

7. The first open heart surgery and the first bone marrow transplant in the United States were done at the University of Minnesota.

8. Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.

9. Minnesota is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassen Dinner Theater) in the country.

10. Only in the Metrodome has there been a Super Bowl, World Series, and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship – all in the same year (1991).

How to speak Minnesotan

"You Betcha" - Folks in Minnesota say "You Betcha" just like in "that movie, Fargo". Sorry, folks, it's true. This phrase seems to have been primarily "metroed" out of the Cities, but is highly prevalent in outlying areas (like Brainerd) and spoken in full form amongst seniors and retailers (a large majority in this tourism-heavy area).

"You Bet" is an abbreviated form of "You betcha" and seems to be primarily generated by the younger set. Of course, a shortening of phrases is completely acceptable because it means that the younger generation has learned the required Minnesota art of limited conversation.

"Ya, Ya" - Now maybe there are some isolated farm communities and polka fests where you find this phrase to be common, but I don't see it much. That is unless one stumbles upon a group of wild women or a comedic mob that start cutting up in deliberately campy fashion. Moments ago, though, I think I heard my kids doing it... uh-oh!

Source - www.omniquest.com

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