Rochester, MN?

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  1. Darren H

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    My wife and are headed to Rochester for a few days. Any advice, pointers, things to see/do? Restaurant suggestions would be nice, too. [​IMG]
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  2. Jeff_A

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    As we are the home of the world famous Mayo Clinic, I would certainly recommend taking an historical tour. The Mayowood Mansion is also very beautiful and impressive.
    There are many parks and scenic bike trails around the city. We also have a civic theater and art center in the heart of downtown. Recently, a state-of-the-art theater complex was completed (Chateau Theaters) if you are in the mood for a film.
    Restaurants? Here are a few you might enjoy:
    Canadian Honker (varied, but quality menu)
    Victoria’s (authentic Italian)
    Fiesta Mexicana (authentic Mexican)
    John Hardy’s Bar-B-Q
    China Dynasty (authentic Chinese)
    Michael’s Restaurant or The Hubbell House ( both are rather historic venues. Many celebrities have dined at these facilities when visiting Mayo. Personally, I feel they both are a tad overrated, but the atmosphere is quite nice).
    Enjoy your stay, Darren! There is a reason we have been voted the best place to live in America by Money magazine for the last 100 years of so. [​IMG]
     
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    They have some great bike paths in that area...uhhh...can't think of anything else but I'll ask my girlfriend who is from there.

    Victorias's is a great Italian restaurant in the downtown area.
     
  4. Peter Kim

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    I'd have to second Jeff's mention of Canadian Honker. Right across the street from the Mayo Clinic. Breakfast, good and cheap.

    My wife thinks of Rochester as a utopia. I liked it, but was more surprisd in that it's not such a small town. I remember talking to a security guy at SuperTarget and his guess of the population at around 70,000.
     
  5. Darren H

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    Thanks for the tips, guys. We're actually visiting for a consultation with a specialist at Mayo, so I'd imagine that we'll probably be pretty familiar with the clinic by the time we leave. We'll be sure to check out Fiesta Mexican. We make it a ritual to visit locally owned Mexican restaurants when we visit new cities.

    How long would it take to drive to St. Paul?
     
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    About an hour and 20 minutes. It's a clean, straight drive (Hwy 52). If you do 75-80, which a lot of people seemed to be doing during my drive, then it's almost exactly an hour.

    Hope things turn out well.
     
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    Hope things turn out well too. Definitely going to the right place though. [​IMG]
     
  9. Brian Kleinke

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    Tis a nice city, I've had to drive to Mayo many times in the past when I worked for a company that had a contract with Mayo.

    That place is HUGE, but fairly easy to find where you want to go. Not to often you'll find an under-ground food court in a city < 100k

    Brian
     
  10. Drue Elrick

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    I can comment on some of the restaurants, having lived there recently:
    Victoria’s (authentic Italian) - primo Italiano - BIIIIG portions, fantastic food. (Downtown, close to Mayo)

    Fiesta Mexicana (authentic Mexican) - definitely authentic - don't let the looks of the place discourage you. You'll enjoy it there.

    China Dynasty (authentic Chinese) - mmm...General Tso's chicken, hot. Again, don't let the looks discourage you - very tasty stuff there.

    The Hubbell House - as previously said, historic. A tad expensive for the portions served, in my opinion. And its out of the way (west/nw of Rochester in a small town).
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    IMO, Rochester doesn't have too much that's worth going your way out for, aside from the aforementioned new movie complex (you would have been shocked to go to any of the theaters before this thing was built) and Rochester's expansive bike/jogging path system, which goes nearly everywhere and follows the river.

    I would recommend going up to the twin cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) as its a quick, one hour drive to get into the place proper and that puts you right close to the Mall of America (just off Highway 494 at 18th Ave SE) and many fine restaurants.

    There is a nice (tasting, not looking - again, don't let the looks fool ya) all you can eat Mongolian grill place on the north side of the 494, between Portland Ave. and Nicolette Ave., if I remember correctly.

    Do try to get up there to the Old Pancake House for breakfast/brunch - you will not regret it. Its in a small strip mall just off of France Ave, north off of the 494. About a block or two south of the first mall ever in America - the Southdale Shopping Center.

    And last, but not least, on the way back from the cities (or maybe make it a destination from Rochester), do visit Greg's Meats. They are almost exactly 50 miles north of Rochester on highway 52 (the one you take up to the cities). They have made the USA's best beef jerky (they've won the contests) and other meats for some time and its a mouth-watering experience. Phone number there is (507)263-3373 and they are open 8am-5:30pm weekdays, and 8am-1pm on Saturdays (so leave early if you are traveling up on a Saturday!).

    Enjoy.
     
  11. Darren H

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    Thanks again for the tips. Our visit to the Mayo is, in no way, a grave concern, so we're both actually looking forward to the trip. I always enjoy visiting new cities (and new Mexican and Chinese restaurants). I hadn't realized that we will be within driving distance of the Mall of America. My wife will be giddy when she hears. [​IMG]
     

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