A stay at Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown places you in the heart of Minneapolis, walking distance from Mary Tyler Moore Statue and Minneapolis City Hall. This hotel is within close proximity of Hennepin Center for the Arts and Minneapolis Public Library-Central Branch.
Make yourself at home in one of the 223 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Relax and take in city and garden views from the privacy of your room. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and wireless Internet access (surcharge). Additional amenities include a concierge desk, babysitting/childcare, and a hair salon.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and business services. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Sprays of flowers in petite, glass vases perch atop each table, a lush reminder of the local fields where 128 Café culls the seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients which comprise its rotating menu. Mélanges of veggies mingle with pasta and couscous or provide a crisp counterpoint to tender chops, tenderloins, or barbecued baby back ribs, a house specialty. Chefs whip up each dish to be served in the softly lit dining room or from 128 Café's food truck, which frequently rolls to festivals, boulevards, and photo finishes at pinewood derbies.
When the amusement value of people-watching starts to wear off, shoppers at the Mall of America can ascend to the fourth floor to Rick Bronson's House of Comedy for professionally dispensed laughs. In front of walls painted with off-kilter murals of the city skyline, nationally renowned comedians riff and banter on a thrust stage that makes it easy for audience members to offer hearty handshakes after each good joke. Meanwhile, guests munch pizza, burgers, and northern treats such as poutine and cheese curds. Past standup superstars include Norm MacDonald, Steve-O, Tom Green, and a who's-who of comics seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman.
The menu at Café Cravings, sister restaurant to Cravings Wine Bar & Grille, is in essence an encyclopedia of classic American cuisine. There are the sandwiches, which run the gamut from crisp BLTs and triple-decker clubs to the sizzling, strawberry-kissed Monte Cristo. There are the soups, which fill sourdough bread bowls, and the rotating selection of quiches. But most impressive has to be the breakfast. The 25-strong selection is served all day, ensuring that even those who wake up late or have their watch on backward get a bite of fluffy, ham-stuffed Denver omelets and apple-walnut pancakes topped with maple butter.
The eight-page dessert menu is no slouch either. Those who call ahead get their pick of whole cakes, tarts, cobblers, pies, cheesecakes, and other sugar-laden delicacies, which they can pick up inside or at the convenient drive-through window.
The chefs at Devil's Advocate are obsessed with meatballs. Beyond beef, they mold the balls out of buffalo chicken, pork, Old Bay?seasoned crab, and falafel. Their crowning meatball creation, the Holy Grail sandwich, is made with pork meatballs covered in mushroom and gravy. Although meatballs dominated the menu during the restaurant's early days, Devil's Advocate has since grown beyond its spherical beginnings. Today, the chefs cook everything from burgers covered in a signature Devil's Sauce to fish stew with lobster, mussels, and shrimp. Weekends bring even more options, when the kitchen turns its attention to sticky toffee french toast and other brunch dishes.
Yet whatever the chosen meal, there's only one place to look for a drink. Forty taps line the exposed brick behind the bar, where bartenders pour the likes of McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout or Fuller?s London Porter, delivered to the pub in a double-decker bus. They might even pour a glass of wine or, if the time is right, a brunch cocktail.
The most alluring curries captivate palates with a harmonious blend of spices. At T’s Place, chef Tee Belachew demonstrates a mastery of this culinary art with his chicken curry, whose meat and vegetables simmer in coconut cream dappled with 27 spices. Drawing upon the traditional home cooking he learned from his aunt, the Ethiopian native orchestrates his curry from scratch, as well as the rest of T’s authentic Ethiopian and Asian menu. Other traditional items include cast-iron-seared flatbread served with the restaurant’s signature vegetable curry sauce, stir-fried beef simmered with seasoned chickpea sauce, and a medley of string beans, carrots, and garlic in mild turmeric sauce. After dinner each Thursday night, T’s Place sets its dance floor ablaze with fiery sets from DJ Fujun, rather than surrounding it with ovens turned all the way up.