Jake's school project Build a Better Body: Strawberry, Popsicle, Banana, Broccoli. B+
One of the main things on the sched this weekend happens to be the LEGO spectacular spectacular at the Convention Center. You know about the pitch of Lego fever at my house, so I'll be there bright and early on Saturday morning. The other main thing is figuring out where to eat pre/post the brick mania. Gotta say I know it all comes down to distance and blood sugar, keeping them both in a manageable range. Here are some picks that will let you support your downtown eateries and make a truly memorable event of the day.
Within 2 Blocks
Salsa a la Salsa ... Tacos and quesadillas for them, Devil Mary chicken wings and margaritas for you. If they've learned to see beyond the tortilla, introduce the kiddoes to pupusas, yum.
Porter & Frye ... "Little Jacques simply won't touch a burger without bacon jam these days, isn't that hysterical?" "Oh I know, my Ivanka asked if the pickles on her charcuterie board were house-made. Too funny."
Ichiban Japanese Steak House ... Ummm, so you're saying I can have all-you-can-eat sushi while my kid gets to goggle a knife-wielding master of fire and onion volcanos? Do yourself a favor and reserve seats at a teppanyaki table, follow with celebratory saketini.
Within 4 Blocks
Brit's Pub ... Great lunch option, not so much past happy hour. If it's nice out, grab a patio seat. It's heaven for those kids who'll eat nothing but fries or fried food, crack on the fish n' chips or sausage rolls. And you get beer, for the win.
Hell's Kitchen ... If you plan to eat before you go, and need to stuff your kid full o' pancakes to ensure a non-melting Lego session, these guys'll be open Sa-Sun at 7:30 a.m. with one of the biggest caramel rolls, plus waffles, pancakes, eggs, and Mahnomin porridge for you.
Keys Cafe ... Gotta be honest, this is my most recommended choice for kids. It's open early, it's cozy friendly, the staff doesn't treat kids like aliens, you can tuck into big plates of food that will satisfy, and there's a bit of wine and beer. This is the I-Just-Need-To-Be-Saved option.
The News Room ... I have ADD, and my kid does too. Definitely not short in the "stuff to look at" department, there's a fairly common kids menu, but look to the tricked out sandwiches for a cut above.
Melting Pot ... If they feasted on hot dogs during the event, but you're looking to cap the outing with something special, hit the MP for a dessert fondue. It's not cheap, but they will remember it forever.
About 6 Blocks or More
Buca di Beppo ... The original is still there! Now open for lunch and offering small and large sizes. We used to call people with kids SpagHeads.
Fogo de Chao ... There's not much more entertaining than swarthy guys toting giant swords full of meat. Settle down Mom, that salad bar will be featured in your future dreams. Kids under 5 are free, kids 6-10 are half price which still amounts to about $20, but at least it's all you can eat!
CRAVE ... Freshly opened downtown, you might want to check them out for the family style brunch for $15.95.