The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is the 12th largest airport in the United States and in 2009, served 32 million passengers, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport website. The airport consists of four runways and two terminals (Lindbergh and Humphrey). The MSP airport offers a variety of restaurants for hungry travelers to fuel up before a long flight or kill some time on a layover.
French Meadow Bakery and Cafe
Located on the "F" concourse in the Lindbergh Terminal, French Meadow Bakery and Cafe features a healthy menu filled with sandwiches made with organic bread, vegan entrees, soups and salads. This sit-down restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu includes vegan blueberry corn cakes, Cajun hashbrowns, organic granola and organic eggs Benedict. For dinner, start off with an appetizer of fried gnocchi or a vegan calzone. Entrees include free-range Minnesota chicken served with garlic mashed potatoes and sweet corn arepas. Wash your meal down with a bottle of Naked Juice, a cup of organic coffee or bottled water. Wine lovers can enjoy a comprehensive wine list. French Meadow Bakery charges a nominal fee if you are splitting a plate.
French Meadow Bakery 4300 Glumack Drive Lindbergh Terminal St Paul, MN 55111 612-870-7855 frenchmeadowcafe.com
Featuring a menu of Mexican favorites in a sit-down environment, Maui Tacos is located in the "C" concourse. From traditional Mexican entrees (enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos) to more unconventional options (chicken mango salad and Mexican sushi), Maui Tacos has a Mexican dish to suit your taste. No matter what menu item you choose, all customers are welcome to visit the salsa bar, featuring five varieties of fresh salsa. For dessert, try the coconut flan or churros. This MSP location has a bar serving beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.
Maui Tacos 3412 Concourse C Lindbergh Terminal Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport St. Paul, MN 55111 612-727-3388 Ext. 222 mauitacos.com
Travelers wanting to step outside to watch planes take off and land, or looking to catch a breath of fresh air, need look no further than Fletcher's Wharf. This sit-down restaurant is located in the Humphrey Terminal and is operated by the owners of Lord Fletcher's restaurant on Lake Minnetonka. The restaurant has seating for 125 patrons and an outdoor balcony for customers to wander outside for a few moments. The menu features Minnesota favorites (wild rice soup, walleye wraps and fried walleye sandwiches) and American entrees (burgers, chicken sandwiches and entree-sized salads). Top your meal off with a dessert; the menu includes s'mores for two and an Oreo mud pie.
Fletcher's Wharf 7150 Humphrey Drive Humphrey Terminal Minneapolis, MN 55450 612-727-2085 lordfletchers.com
Ike's Food and Cocktails
Ike's Food and Cocktails offers travelers a fine-dining experience in a sophisticated atmosphere. Located in the mall area near Checkpoint 1, Ike's offers a menu of American favorites, from baby back ribs to Angus French dip sandwiches to hearty steak dinners. The restaurant also serves breakfast and the menu includes make-your-own omelets, breakfast burgers and crab cake Benedict. All customers receive free chocolate chip cookies, but if you're looking to indulge in a heartier dessert, Ike's offers milkshakes and alcoholic dessert drinks. Those in a hurry to catch a flight can still enjoy a meal from Ike's: soup and salad combos and chili are available for immediate take-out. An extensive wine list is available and is served by the glass or by the bottle.
Ike's Food and Cocktails MSP International Airport Lindbergh Terminal Minneapolis, MN 55467 612-355-4642 shopsatmsp.com
Missy Jess is a freelance writer from Minneapolis and has been producing online content since 1998. In addition to freelance writing, Jess teaches group fitness classes at several Minneapolis-area fitness centers and works in the information technology field. Jess has a bachelor's degree in English and enjoys working on various home improvement projects.