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  • Recipes Inspired by Bloomington Restaurants

DoubleTree by Hilton's famous chocolate chip cookies.

Don't feel comfortable returning to in-person dining? We’re providing some suggestions for making dishes from Bloomington's restaurants at home! Bloomington chefs have whipped up recipes for meals that are either served at their restaurant or are similar to the style and cuisine their restaurants serve. Until our you're ready to return to your favorite restaurant, enjoy a taste of Bloomington in your own kitchen.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South: Chocolate Chip Cookies
The DoubleTree’s chocolate chip cookies are legendary – the soft, fresh cookies are given to each guest upon check-in at the hotel. Earlier this year, they were even the first cookies baked in space during an experiment on the International Space Station! Now, for the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton has shared the recipe for their famous chocolate chip cookies.

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Lela at Sheraton Bloomington Hotel: Meatballs
Lela’s chef-driven and wine-focused menu specializes in pasta, meat, and seafood dishes, including their popular meatball. They recently shared the meatball recipe in an Instagram post so at-home cooks can attempt to make it themselves. The restaurant, located at Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, is currently open for curbside pickup, carryout, and dine-in inside the restaurant and on the patio.

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Lela meatballs

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table at JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America: Donuts
Cedar + Stone, Urban Table specializes in farm-to-table dishes, with an emphasis on local ingredients. Their head chef, Frank Gort, recently shared his favorite things to cook and how he is spending time in quarantine in an interview with Dutch website Verkeersbureaus. Cedar + Stone is currently offering takeout, curbside pickup and dine-in inside the restaurant and on the patio.

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Cedar and Stone donuts

VomFASS Mall of America: Citrus Chili Shrimp
VomFASS Mall of America specializes in gourmet food, fine wine, and spirits, all sourced from family growers, artisan producers, and craft distillers and winemakers. Using ingredients purchased at vomFASS, we created a citrus chili shrimp recipe. The spices included in this recipe can be purchased at vomFASS’ online store.

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Urbana Craeft Kitchen at Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis: Chicken Tandoori and Garlic Naan
Aimbridge Hospitality asked chefs at some of its hotels to share their favorite recipes. Biswadeep Saha, chef at Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis’ Urbana Craeft Kitchen, shared a recipe from his home country of India. Chicken tandoori is typically cooked in an oven, but Chef Saha switched things up by using his grill to cook the chicken and a side dish of garlic naan. This recipe is perfect for summer grilling season!

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LARS Restaurant at Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel: Guacamole
Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel’s on-site restaurant, LARS, specializes in Minnesota-inspired dishes with a modern flair. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, LARS’ head chef shared her special guacamole recipe on Facebook. LARS is currently offering takeout so you can enjoy their delicious food at home!

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Renaissance guacamole

Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau: Tater Tot Hot Dish
Tater tot hot dish is a Minnesota staple generally made with cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, mixed vegetables, and tater tots. This meal is a comfort food classic, and many Minnesotans claim that their family recipe is superior to all others. Enjoy our take on this delicious hot dish (remember, it’s NOT a casserole!).

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