Your registration Includes Sunday Afternoon Tea & Dessert bar, Sunday March 16, 2014 2:30pm – 4:00pm in the Lower Atrium. (Paganicon staff will also be there to take suggestions, pre-registrations for next year, and there will be handy feedback forms, as well.) We are working with the hotel to ensure tasty gluten-free options as well.
Stop by our hospitality suite (in rooms 226 and 227) for a light snack, soda, water, coffee, or other simple refreshments – all included in your registration! Great for a short break between programming items, or a chance to decompress and chat with other friendly Pagans.
Local food options:
One of the reasons we picked the hotel is the many and varied great local food options. Below, you’ll find links to a wide range, and we’re sure there’re some we’ve missed. You can get an idea of where these are from the Walkability site, but note that some of their mapped locations don’t quite map reality – we’ll have some additional maps and materials available at the con to help out.
$ = 5 to 10 dollars for a meal
$$ = 10-15 dollars for an average meal (some items may be more)
$$$ = more than 15 dollars for an average meal
Unless noted, all restaurants listed are open for lunch and dinner. While we’ve included chain restaurants for convenience, we encourage you to support both local businesses, and those chains that use locally-sourced ingredients.
In the hotel:
The Dover: $$
Serves a wide range of dishes, and is glad to make adaptations for restricted diets whenever possible (gluten-free bread for sandwiches is available, for example.) Gets good reviews from people not usually impressed by hotel restaurants (the wild rice soup and walleye are a particular favorite).
Snacks and sodas are available at the hotel convenience store (by the check-in desk) which also sells over the counter pain killers and various other small items. Coffee and water are available in the front lobby.
Same parking lot:
(Less than a tenth of a mile: go out the door by The Dover, turn left across the parking lot)
National chain : quick subs and sandwiches (both cold and toasted). Breakfast options.
Taste of India: $$ : http://www.tasteofindia-online.com/
Family owned and long-running Indian restaurant with a great atmosphere. They offer a buffet or menu options cooked from scratch.
Yangtze Chinese Restaurant : $$ to $$$ : http://www.yangtze.us/index.htm
Focuses on Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine. Offers Dim Sum Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm (the restaurant can be very busy at these times).
Across 16th Street
(.2 to .3 miles: across the side street running from Park Place toward CostCo)
Chain restaurant. Roast beef and chicken sandwiches, french fries, etc.
Bagels, bagel sandwiches, and other related foods. Breakfast options.
Caribou Coffee: $
Regional coffee chain. Coffee drinks, a few varieties of sandwiches, baked goods. Breakfast options.
Leanne Chin’s : $
Local chain of Chinese fast food: white and fried rice, various common Chinese dishes, potstickers, etc.
The Shops at West End
(This is the large mixed-use district across Park Place from the hotel. Restaurants are mostly between .2 and .5 miles from the hotel. http://www.theshopsatwestend.com)
Crave West End : $$$ : http://mn.craveamerica.com/home
They describe their menu as “evoking the tastes of the new American palate featuring fresh and innovative cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences”. Uses locally produced and organic foods whenever possible. Offers a sushi menu, gluten-free alternatives, Sunday brunch.
Cooper Irish Pub : $$ : http://www.cooperpub.com/
(Owned by the same folks as Kieran’s, downtown). Lunch and dinner every day, brunch on weekends. They describe their menu as “hearty pub classics with and without twists, vegetarian and ethnic specialties, lighter dishes to satisfy wee cravings, and homemade soups and sauces.” Have a gluten-free menu available.
Jimmy John’s : $ : http://www.jimmyjohns.com/
Sub-style sandwiches.They deliver.
Noodles & Company : $ : http://www.noodles.com/
Wide variety of noodle based dishes from varying cultures, made to order. Relatively quick (under 10 minutes to get your food) and inexpensive, with easy ways to adapt to your tastes/needs. Detailed nutrition/allergen guide on their website.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill : $$ : http://www.tobykeith.com/minnesota/
Country music themed bar and grill with country cooking.
Local grocery chain, with all the things you’d expect to find in one.
Rojo Mexican Grill : $$ : http://rojomexicangrill.com/
Authentic and high quality Mexican cuisine, with both traditional recipes and creative twists. Wide variety of drink options.
Little Szechuan: $$$: http://littleszechuan.com/west-end/
An MSG-free restaurant featuring the culinary art and flavors of traditional Szechuan (or Sichuan) cuisine. Many gluten-free options available.
Yard House: http://www.yardhouse.com/MN/st-louis-park-restaurant/ (No price list available at time of this post)
A new restaurant opening March 13, 2014, right during Paganicon 4. Highlights beer and classic rock, American classics, steak and seafood, and gluten sensitive options. Yard House also offers a variety of menu selections made with gardein™ (a meat substitute made from soy, wheat, pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains) that do not contain meat, fish, poultry, shellfish or product derived from these sources, but may contain dairy or eggs.
Figlio: $$-$$$: http://figlio.com/
Once an Uptown mainstay, Figlio has made a comeback right here at WestEnd. Happy Hour from 11am-10pm Sunday with many appetizers priced $4-$8. (Yes, you read that correctly – all day happy hour!)
Raku Sushi and Lounge: $$$: http://www.rakumn.com/
Raku offers an upscale dining experience celebrating Japanese fusion cuisine that focuses on traditional Japanese dishes with French, Italian and other Asian influences.
Good Day Café / Bad Day Bar : $$ to $$$
While this probably requires a quick car trip (drive over Route 100, take your first right into the business park, and follow the road around to 5410 Wayzata Boulevard), it’s a wonderful place to start the day with lots of choices, but can be a long wait. The Good Day Café (breakfast and lunch) becomes the Bad Day Bar at night – supper club style fare.
Olive Garden : $$ : http://www.olivegarden.com/menus/
Chain Italian food, for when you want something known and reliable. Turn left on Park Place, then follow the frontage road to the right just before the exit ramp onto 394.
Chili’s : $$ : http://www.chilis.com/EN/menu/Pages/home.aspx
Same basic location as Olive Garden, above. Tex-Mex and related cuisine. Their website includes a PDF with detailed allergen information for their menu items.
If you’re looking for other food choices, feel free to ask around: there are tons of options a short drive away if you have a car, and our board members (and other people from the area) will be glad to share some favorites.