It took me many a year before I was working downtown Minneapolis… But once I did the Skyway world became my oyster.
The tunnels connecting our downtown; an almost different city living within these bubbles. (or the official name of “pedestrian footbridge”…) Many and I included, not daring to venture out when the snow starts blowing.
These tunnels are a mystery to many. Every day I see a soul wandering around praying they find their way. I myself have been lost many a time and have relied upon my trusty skyway map. (That map has mysteriously disappeared)
Thankfully I no longer need such a map, having made these tunnels my oyster and all.
The remaining mystique of the skyways to me is devoted to the food offerings within.
The skyways have no shortage of chain restaurants. The Chipotle line, 100 people deep, kills me every time. There are so many more and better options. Why spend your entire lunch hour and I mean HOUR in that line?! Its reliable I know. It can be safe, or not……. (See recent food illness claims.) Take a chance and switch it up once in a while.
Below are some of my Skyway favorites.
Andrea Pizza: A staple really. You see those little white bags floating around the skyways. People carrying them proudly back to cubes and offices around downtown. Join em. Be a part of the lunchtime cult. Mix and match your pizza slices and call and thank me after you’ve had a glorious nap under your cube.
Kikugawa: I remember the days of Kikugawa in Northeast. Bummed were we when those lights went out. But all can now rejoice as they are serving up ramen and sushi and overall hitting the spot in the skyways. Order the ramen spicy and thank me later.
Takatsu Sushi: I discovered this place on yelp and for the life of me could not figure out where I was. (Pre-Skyway oyster making) However I went early and discovered the freshest sushi one will find for that 9-5 lunch hour. Don’t go late, the line will intimidate you and mimic Chipotle lengths.
World Café: World Café has recently changed ownership hands which has allowed the options and creativity to flow. My favorite breakfast sandwich is housed within these walls. My next order will be one of their lunchtime bowls.
Bep Eatery: Bep has seriously the friendliest staff. I always feel welcome and wanted as I’m ordering my pho with all of the ingredients. The spring rolls here are also on point, have a few and roll yourself back up to the office.
La Belle Crepe: Rightly so this place puts heavy competition on Bep’s pho. Both however are different and delicious in their own right. I love the feel here with its teeny tiny eat in counter. I get flashes of my trips to Paris and Vietnam. If I can get glimpses of my past wanderlust in the skyway; it adds that extra flavor oompfh.
Sprout Salad Company: So I eat many more a salad than this blog or my Instagram may exude. You can find me here at least once a week switching up my salad selection. Remind me next time to get that frequent buyer card. For real.
Il Foro: I could not leave out the infamous only served at lunch burger. I have had this burger now three times. It is a lunchtime indulgence that cannot be beat. After those annoying and often heated conference calls, go and shove your face in this burger. Trust me, it helps. The oooey gooiness of the cheese is the perfect post conference call antidote.
It occurs to me now…I should have really titled this post: Skyway Noodle Wars… per all of the noodle dishes above. Or have done a completely separate noodle post… But hey, its Minnesota where seven months out of the year have me craving spicy, brothy noodles anyway. What else would you eat?!
Now I know I’ve neglected a few other loved spots. What are your favorite skyway eats?