I want to require a credential to be entered so I can track a users role, etc. What is the recommend way to display the _LoginPartial in the Menu? Or, do I accomplish this by making it part of the <div> ?
I am afraid that the Menu is not intended to render content in its item in the way that you need to do. Its main purpose is navigation, or have some content loaded upon selection. You can evaluate the usage of a toolbar, where you can use the Template to render the needed partial view output: