The Burger Place, skyway garden, McCormick & Schmick’s – Day 10 – Two weeks in the Minneapolis Skyway

If this is your first “Two weeks in the Skyway” post, you might like to start here.

The Burger Place: Acting on yet another tip from Doug, yesterday I had lunch at The Burger Place in the Soo Line building, conveniently located next door to Sorrento Cucina if you just have to have a burger and your companion wants a slice of lasagna the size of a cinder block. Though the burger menu sprawls with options and specials that might have given a normal person pause, I’m stuck in a Rainman-like mushroom Swiss burger phase right now, which I got with lettuce, onion and tomato. A pile of fries is included. It was thick and delicious beyond expectation. It’s no Capital Grille Signature Cheeseburger, but it’s also half the price, so there’s really no comparing the two. The line was quick, service was great and the bright dinning area is a nice bonus. Wins all around.

Skyway Garden: On a tip from an interviewee, I stepped into the 510 Marquette Building for the first time in my life and, as promised, found a Skyway level garden with benches for relaxing. Now if only the area had natural sunlight…

McCormick & Schmick’s happy hour: I’ve heard (and read) a lot of people give M&S the business, and one has to respect that much consistent negative buzz, but I have been repeatedly and uniformly pleased with their happy hour. The menu changes constantly, the food is almost always good, particularly for those HH prices (ranging from $1.95 to $4.95), and the wine, while no bargain, is just fine. I had, for the jillionth time, the pork tostada (delicious and large for $1.95) and the smallish, but satisfying chicken quesadilla ($3.95). Service, an area where they allegedly struggle, was middling, but the place was hopping and I have a hard time criticizing service under those conditions unless it’s painfully bad.

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