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The Concierge Knows Best (1)

Four top local concierges answer business travelers’ most frequently asked questions.

The Concierge Knows Best (1)
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Jessica KlimischHotel 340, St. Paul

Top Pick for Dinner > Louis Ristorante & Bar, part of local landmark Cossetta’s, features classic northern Italian food and views of St. Paul from the city’s largest rooftop patio. 211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul, 651-222-7378, cossettas.com

Best Place for a Quick Bite > American Burger Bar has a great Juicy Klucy—their own Kobe beef version of a Twin Cities tradition—and fresh malts and shakes. 354 N. Wabasha St., St. Paul, 651-222-2123, americanburgerbar.com

Best Place for a Drink > Moscow on the Hill, in the middle of picturesque Cathedral Hill, offers an impressive list of martinis and cocktails made with—what else?—Russian vodka. 371 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-291-1236, moscowonthehill.com

Best Place to Run > Along Summit Avenue, one of the finest Victorian boulevards in the country.

Twin Cities Must-See > In any season, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and surrounding Como Park are worth a visit. Out-of-town guests are amazed by the nearly 400 acres of parkland, right here in the middle of the city. 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651-487-8201, comozooconservatory.org

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Hawo AbdiThe Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis

Top Pick for Dinner > Dakota Jazz Club is a real jewel, with an excellent selection of wine, cocktails, great food, and music. They also have private dining for large groups. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010, dakotacooks.com

Best Place for a Drink > Marvel Bar mixes some of the best cocktails in Minneapolis, including my favorite, the French 27. A great bar for small or large groups, with good music and small plates of food. 50 Second Ave., Mpls., 612-206-3929, marvelbar.com

Best Vegetarian and Organic Cuisine > Peoples Organic in the IDS Crystal Court serves all-natural, organic, and vegetarian soups, salads, wraps, and desserts, with a variety of gluten-free choices. They make one of the best vanilla lattes in Minneapolis. 80 S. Eighth St., Mpls., 612-208-0021, peoplesorganic.com

Best Place to Buy a Suit > For men with a great sense of style, I recommend Hubert White, a local favorite for nearly 100 years. They specialize in high-end clothing for business or casual wear, with custom suits and an in-house tailor. 747 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-9200, hubertwhite.com

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Natasha HamiltonNicollet Island Inn, Minneapolis

Top Pick for Dinner > At Restaurant Alma, the eclectic seasonal American cuisine includes a spectacular three-course dinner and a vegetarian menu, accompanied by an interesting wine list. 528 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-4909, restaurantalma.com

Best Place for a Quick Bite > Hello Pizza, a new East Coast-style pizza joint, wins rave reviews for its chewy-crispy crust, high-quality ingredients, a fun selection of rotating specials, and Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and other R&B classics on the soundtrack. 3904 Sunnyside Rd., Mpls., 952-303-4514, hellopizza.com

Best Place to Run > Right here on the banks of the Mississippi: along St. Anthony Main, across the Stone Arch Bridge, and up West River Parkway, taking in beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline, St. Anthony Falls, and the Guthrie Theater.

Best Place to Buy a Suit > One visit to Heimie’s Haberdashery and the staff knows you by name. It’s a taste of the old school with customized service, bespoke suits, even a barbershop. 400 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-224-2354, heimies.com

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Anna WattersRadisson Blu MOA, Bloomington

Top Business Dinner > At Fogo de Chão, “all you can eat” means a huge salad bar and more than 10 kinds of Brazilian-style grilled meat such as tender filet mignon, juicy pork loin, and savory bacon-wrapped chicken. 645 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1344, fogodechao.com

Best Place for a Drink > After a long day of meetings, Billy’s, a legendary St. Paul bar, is a great place to kick back, enjoy a long pour, mingle with a lively crowd of locals, and play a round of pool. 857 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-292-9140, billysongrand.com

Best Vegetarian and Organic Cuisine > At Tao Natural Foods and Café in Uptown, one of Minneapolis’s oldest vegetarian cafés and health food stores, everything tastes like it was just picked from the garden. Order a bottle of wine with your kale salad and avocado and rice plate, and enjoy the people-watching. 2200 Hennepin Ave., 612-377-4630, taonaturalfoods.com

What to Do with Only a Few Hours > There are a million things to do at Mall of America. But for a different kind of experience, I send guests to the 193-acre Minnehaha Park to walk the trails and see Minnehaha Falls. 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., Mpls., 612- 230-6400, minneapolisparks.org

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