How to Eat Healthy at Minneapolis – St.Paul International Airport
Enjoy All the Healthy Alternatives
Minneapolis – St.Paul International Airport, also known as MSP, is the 16th busiest airport in the US. The busier the airport, the more tasty foods and restaurant options you will have at your disposal. From my experience, MSP airport has had limited options regarding places to eat. These days MSP has over 40 new food vendors since 2015. Minnesota residents can thank Super Bowl LII. The game is scheduled in Minneapolis in 2018. With the newly built US Bank Stadium located in downtown Minneapolis, this is a magnet for revenue. To be honest, some are skeptical about the duration of these food places. Unfortunately, these places didn’t exist before the scheduled Super Bowl. Nobody really knows how long they will be around after the main event. But right now, they are currently flourishing. Eating healthy while traveling has it’s challenges. It’s not about just eating healthy. That is because airport prices are jacked up. Airports are aware that you have no where else to go to get your food. Not knowing anything about where to go will break your piggy bank. Having an idea of where to eat helps with your travel budget. Awareness is why people over spend and eat like a garbage disposal. Traveling an be overwhelming already, let alone trying to find a place to eat that’s healthy. Here are seven places at Minneapolis – International Airport to eat healthy. Hopefully you won’t be on a scavenger hunt for restaurants by reading this blog.
1. Black Sheep – Black Sheep’s theme is using coal to make their pizza. This is a predominantly pizza serving style restaurant. If you don’t want to pig out on large pizza’s, here are some other alternatives. Fennel Sausage Link, Lemon-Thyme Chicken Skewer, Beef Steak Skewer, Spicy Lamb Sausages, Cilantro Shrimp, Spicy Eggplant, Mixed Vegetable Skewers. Prices vary here. The items I listed range from $6.00 to $10.00 dollars. Black Sheep is located in the airport mall by check point three.
2. Smack Shack – Smack Shack was mainly seafood. It has now expanded to a bar and a balanced restaurant. Before MSP airport, it was only served out of a food truck. There is something about the stigma of food being served out of a food truck. Here are some tasty healthy alternatives and it’s ingredients if seafood isn’t your thing. Pork Carnita Tacos – (Bacon BBQ Sauce, Fried Onions, Shredded Cabbage, Roasted Red Peppers, Hard Shell Tortilla), Baja Shrimp Tacos – (Corn Salsa, Shredded Cabbage, Spicy Aioli, Avocado). This place can be expensive. Prices range from $8.00 to $20.00 dollars. Smack Shack is locate in the airport mall before you enter the F concourse.
3. LOLO’s – This restaurant prides itself being local in the Twin Cities area. For non Minnesota natives, the Twin Cities Metro area includes Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and also parts of Wisconsin that go along the St. Croix River. Places like Hudson, WI and Stillwater, MN. Hence the acronymic name Locally Owned Locally Operated. Two stand out healthy items are the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup and the Roast Chicken Tacos. I will warn you, if budgeting traveling is a must, this will not be the place. The cheapest item I saw was the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup. That was about $7.00 dollars. A majority of the items did not fall under $13.00 dollars. LOLO’s is located at the end of the E concourse.
4. Red Cow – The Red Cow has a tavern feel to it. Think of your local bar and restaurant that you frequent all the time. It as all the things that make up your neighborhood bar. You will see a lot of drunk people, friendly bartenders, loud people, and terrified families with kids once they realize they shouldn’t have brought their kids here. Red Cow has a lot of gluten free items such as the Veggie Love (curried chickpea patty, avocado salsa & sliced red cabbage), Chicken sandwich (roasted chicken, sriracha aioli, avocado-tomatillo salsa, lettuce, tomato & bacon crumble on focaccia), and the Beet & Quinoa Salad (roasted red and golden beets with arugula, quinoa, edamame, fresh red peppers, garbanzo beans, tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, topped with chevre cheese and drizzled with balsamic reduction). Prices range from $8.00 to $13.00 dollars. Red Cow is located in Food Truck Alley in the E concourse.
5. French Meadow Bakery – Out of all the restaurants listed, this one is the oldest. There are two of these located at Terminal 1 at MSP airport. French Meadow is known for being an organic yeast free serving restaurant. This place only makes the list due to it being organic. The menu at the airport is cut in half compared to the city locations. Some of the food is pre-made which devalues it a ton. It is your typical overpriced fake healthy airport food. It’s boxed up like a lunchable. If you do decide to eat here, get something that has to be cooked. There wasn’t an item over $14.00 dollars. French Meadows has two locations, one in the F concourse and one in the E concourse.
6. Holy Land – This place is interesting because it is located in the Food Truck Alley along with the Red Cow. Food Truck Alley has three other restaurants in the vicinity. It is also unique because the establishment is shape like an actual food truck. Mediterranean, Arabic, and Middle Eastern flavors are the main attractions here. These cultural foods tend to be healthier alternatives. Practically everything on here is healthy. There is no need to cherry pick the healthy foods. Everything on the menu costs an average of $8.00 dollars except the kaboobs which are around $12.00 dollars to $13.oo dollars. Holy Land is located in the Food Truck Alley in the E concourse.
7. Stone Arch – If you want to get a feel for the Minnesota nice theme, eat at Stone Arch. This place is usually one of the most popular places at MSP airport. This is due to the theme of the restaurant named after a Twin City landmark, the Stone Arch Bridge. Also the friendly workers and the many choices of beer helps. If you are eating healthy be mindful of your taste buds. This place contains a lot of mouth watering temptations such as the Juicy Lucy Burger and the Kimchi Burger. There are healthy alternatives if you are strong willed such as Walleye and Trout Fish. There is also the Frittata and the Beer Brinned Chicken Breast with Kale. It is priced at the average airport price of $9.00 to $11.00 dollars. Stone Arch is located by the entrance to the F concourse in the airport mall.
Here is a look at LOLO’s at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.
Eating healthy while traveling can be stressful. It doesn’t have to be. It is a lot smoother when you know what to expect. That way you can plan where to go and how much to spend. Also, one of my philosophies in travel is energy is everything. Everywhere you travel has different energy to it. It is the same place for each restaurant you eat at. It’s up to you to find out what kind of energy it has. That’s where the fun lies.
- Eric L. Bolden
- E The Traveling Trainer