Get over it. Foodies have long shunned hotel dining rooms when it comes to a night on the town. But that was then and this is now. No longer the stepchildren of a culinary experience, populated by dreary traveling salesmen picking away at even drearier food, urban hotels have picked up the pace and are prepared to earn your dining dollars, even if you’re not turning in upstairs.
Carla Waldemar is an award-winning food/travel/arts writer who co-edited the former Twin Cities Reader, then served as food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and senior editor of Cuisine magazines. She edits the annual Zagat Survey of Twin Cities restaurants and contributes food and travel articles to local and national publications.