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    Visiting Bloomington MN for Thanksgiving

    I'll be in Bloomington for the Thanksgiving weekend, and want to hear your suggestions for cycling enthusiast, both mountain and road. I won't be riding, but if there is an interesting bike shop, I'd like to visit it. Pubs and eatery recomendations are also welcome. Thanks!

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    Bloomington is pretty typical suburbia, so nothing too fancy. Of course, it is home to QBP and the home offices for Salsa, Surly, Civia, etc, but they don't have any retail space. There is an Eric's Bike Shop that will have a variety of Specialized bikes, and Penn Cycle may have some interesting inventory.

    If you are in search of beer, there isn't much in Bloomington, but in nearby Eden Praire there is the Praire Ale House. Decent food and a nice selection of local and area beers. I always stock up on Surly at the Haskell's liquor store before heading back to Wisconsin.

    You should bring a bike next time. There is some fun riding the Twin Cities area, although it will be skiing/snowboarding season after Thanksgiving. Hyland Hills is an old stomping ground if you want to get on the snow.

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    Interesting Bike Shops: Make sure you hit Angry Catfish in MPLS, not far from Bloomington in South Minneapolis. Bikes + Coffee. Also Freewheel, the midtown location is pretty neat. One on One is also cool, get into the basement.

    Beer: Right next door to Angry Catfish is Buster's. 30 some beers on tap, a decent amount of local stuff, grab some pastries at A Baker's Wife's next door to Buster's. Right next to Freewheel Midtown is Midtown global market, good food and some restaurants. Right next to One on One is Haute Dish, lots of good food and beers. Other beer places: Muddy Pig, Happy Gnome, Townhall Brewery.

    Most of these are a short ride away on light rail from Bloomington or a ~10mile car drive.

    Next time bring the bike(s) lots of trails and greenways.
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    WooHoo!

    Thank you for all of those recommendations!
    and I love the name of that place, Eden Prairie - Sounds idyllic !

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    Quote Originally Posted by enFuego View Post
    Eden Prairie - Sounds idyllic !
    You obviously have never been to Eden Prairie then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowboy76 View Post
    You obviously have never been to Eden Prairie then...
    Agreed. I work in Bloomington, and we get a mix of customers from the surrounding suburbs. The EP folks have made an "impression."

    to the OP, Bloomington is minutes away from Minneapolis, and that is where much of the stuff is. Jump on the lightrail at the Mall of America (and take in the wonderful land of mullets while you are there). It will take you to downtown, where you can check out One on One (like Angry Catfish, bikes and coffee). Prior to that (or on the way back) you can get out at Lake St.and hit up "The Hub" on Minnehaha, and Harriet Brewing's tasting room which are an easy walk from the station.

    If you have your own transport, Behind Bars in NE Minneapolis is my favorite shop in town.
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    If you head into Minneapolis, a few food suggestions.

    The Chatterbox Pub

    Hell's Kitchen Downtown Minneapolis - <== Breakfast! Yummy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by enFuego View Post
    If I go to the M.O.A., It will be to see the Harmon Killebrew plaque. 520!
    Then go straight to the basement of the transit center and take it downtown-ish.
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    If I go to the M.O.A., It will be to see the Harmon Killebrew plaque. 520!

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