Everything I Eat In The Minneapolis Skyway: A Running List

In a recent post I wrote about one of my latest Minneapolis skyway food adventures. I still haven’t branched out as much as I had intended, but have had opportunities to try a few more restaurants.

The skyway is a fascinating microcosm you might not know exists unless you work downtown. Many of the restaurants and cafes are only open Monday-Friday during daytime hours. This post serves as a running list of all of the foods I’ve tried from the Minneapolis skyway system.

Allie’s Deli
Last visited June 2017

Allie’s Deli is always busy. There’s always a minor traffic jam between Allie’s and the sandwich shop across the hall. Signs boast it’s the home of “Create your own salad.” Is it really? Who knows, but it appears to be very popular. The line system is somewhat complicated for skyway dining. The one you stand in depends if you are ordering soup, a sandwich, or salads. Once your order’s ready, take it to the register to pay. Don’t let the lines stop you. Allie’s has the work-lunch down to an art and operates efficiently.

I ordered a bowl of chicken wild rice soup for about $5 + tax. Allie’s offers a large variety of homemade soups each day. This chicken and wild rice soup is about as good as it gets. I’ve had worse versions from fancier restaurants. Allie’s also serves it with a generous side of fresh bread sprinkled with garlic seasoning.

Alimama’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Last visited April 2017

Food trucks park outside when the winter transitions to spring. There’s an intersection not far from where I work that I can easily pop down to the row of food trucks that park there. One afternoon I ordered samosas from Alimama’s. Two, big sambusas plus pita or salad costs $7. They’re freshly fried on this pot. Don’t forget to add little cups of the spicy green sauce.

This business just won Citypage’s “Best Kept Secret” award. Alimama’s actually operates a lunch counter inside Metro State University and serves other Somali dishes.

Bogart’s Doughnut Co.
Last visited March 2017

There’s a little Bogart’s kiosk in the middle of the IDS Center Crystal Court. This is one of my favorite places to sit for a moment on my lunch breaks. I can always find an open bench near the trickling fountain that drops from the ceiling to the floor.

Bogart’s yeast raised doughnuts reminds me of Vincent Van Doughnut where I worked in St. Louis. The doughnuts are huge and delightfully fluffy, plus they’re scratch made. Bogart’s brioche dough is rich and soft to the bite, while Vincent’s is scented with more spices and a beignet-like chew.

I loved the brown butter glaze and Nutella-stuffed doughnuts. The Nutella doughnut is jam-packed with Nutella. No complaints here.

Cafe Donuts
Last visited February 2017

This cafe offers frozen yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, and doughnuts. Of the two tiers of doughnut shop price ranges ($1 vs. $2-4), Cafe Donuts lands in the less expensive. One week I bought a box to share with my coworkers. This was a perfectly serviceable old-fashioned. It didn’t change my world like World’s Fair’s buttermilk old-fashioned in St. Louis (something that I’m trying to accept, but fulfilled my doughnut craving.

Last visited February 2017

My employment agency contact surprised me with a big bag of Candyland Chicago mix. My coworkers had just been talking about how much they liked Candyland’s popcorn, so it like serendipity. I think Candyland’s is as good as Garrett’s and I might even like it better.

Usually I’m not that into caramel corn. I hate the sickly sweet, flat-tasting caramel corn. Candyland’s is really good. So good that I picked it all out from a partially filled bag which Jake found later. He looked crestfallen when I confessed to eating all of the caramel.

“I thought you only liked the cheese!” he exclaimed.

“But Candyland’s is really good!” It’s not going to break my heart to get another bag.

Cocoa & Fig
Last visited August 2017

Cocoa & Fig’s skyway outpost is near the double-decker Walgreen’s with the sushi counter. The retail shop offers a selection of macarons, cupcakes, cookies, and some candies.

For $1.50, you can purchase one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever. “Is that sea salt,” I hopefully asked the employee managing the bakery counter.

“It is,” he confirmed, adding that the cookies are made with browned butter and Valrohna chocolate. The soft carrot cake sandwich cookies with cream cheese frosting are delicious too!

Franks A Million
Last visited May 2017

Franks A Million is also located in the same food court as Shanghai Kitchen where I had that fantastic eggplant dish. The restaurant seems to be operated by one person who takes orders, cooks, and rings out customers. Burgers are cooked fresh, so expect a little bit of a wait.

My California burger, fries, and bottle of water cost around $8. The fries were crisp and perfectly salted. A toasted bun would have pushed the burger from good to great. If you want cheese, don’t forget to add it to your order!

Last visited March 2017

Kikugawa, located in the Northstar Center is one of my favorite. Sushi here is made fresh to order too. If I don’t order the cold noodle salad, I order an eel sushi roll ($6) and a fried spring roll ($1). The line’s never too long and the people who operate the restaurant are nice.

iGrill in the TriTech building near the Hotel Minneapolis)

I wish I had read Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s post about iGrill before I visited. The $4 veggie and $5 meat platters seem to good to be true. I randomly walked by iGrill over lunch and the signs advertising the platters caught my eye. I assumed that the $4 veggie platter came with rice and my choice of a veggie entree. That seems fair enough, right? As I moved through the line, I was confused when the man pointed at each dish and asked if I wanted a serving. I nodded at two of the veggie dishes, to which he added a generous serving of garlic naan.

Turns out that you can enjoy scoops of all of the entrees they offer + the garlic naan, dessert & condiments for that $4 or $5 price. I am not sure if this is just a promotional price or if they will always be this low. Either way, it’s worth a visit. I found the dishes flavorful and perfectly seasoned. The seasoned rice and chickpeas carried a welcome touch of heat. Next time, I will try the meat platter.

Mona (Now called Tavern333)
Last visited February 2017
No photos, but I enjoyed some happy hour snacks and house wine. Happy hour goes until 9 p.m.! I especially liked the warm, soft pretzel sticks and cheese sauce.

One Two Three Sushi
Last visited January 2017

There are five One Two Three Sushi locations in downtown Minneapolis and one in downtown St. Paul. The founders of this chain also own Masu.

The theme is fast casual Japanese food including made-to-order sushi rolls, ramen, rice bowls, and steamed buns. Make your own sushi roll or choose one of their combos. Each day, the restaurant advertises a special roll for around $5.

I tried the shrimp tempura buns with spicy mayo. I watched as the buns were steamed to order and breaded shrimp were placed in a special contraption that made them crispy in seconds. For about $8, the buns made a filling lunch. Next time, I’d add a more acidic sauce to break up all of the richness of the fried shrimp and mayo.

Orient Express Chinese & Malaysian Cuisine
Last visited March 2017

There are a few thing that make Orient Express unique: They frequently post their daily lunch specials on their Facebook page, they offer whole roasted duck and crispy pork belly by the pound, and occasionally offer samples of honey chicken to people passing by in the skyway.

For less than $7, you can purchase a two entree combo. This serving of honey chicken and garlic vegetables was so generous, I took half home for a second meal. Everything tasted fresh and service was friendly. Will definitely return to try more of the menu.

Shanghai Kitchen
Last visited March 2017

This week, some of my coworkers took me on a grand tour of a section of the skyway I haven’t explored, including the tunnels. One of their favorite places to eat lunch is a little food court located in a building near the Hennepin Family Courts and Blackeye Roasting. I truly don’t know what building it’s located or if I can find my way back. The dining area features plenty of tables and big windows.

We split up and I chose Shanghai Kitchen. The food looked really fresh with more options than what you might find at a typical food court restaurant. I noticed a sign behind the counter that had the Teahouse logo. According to the Teahouse website, they sold this location to new ownership in 2014.

Their sesame chicken looked crispy and glistened. I also eyed the ma-po tofu and a spicy pork dish nestled in a chili saturated sauce. $8 plus some change got me a generously loaded two item combo with a side of cream cheese wontons. I chose silky eggplant and a spicy chicken dish, all of which tasted delicious. Plenty leftover for a second meal.

Last visited June 2017

This small take-away shop sells local and organic foods. There’s often a small table out front sampling coffee or a salad. Inside you’ll find all types of snacks, sandwiches, salads, beverages, and a hot soup bar. There’s even kombucha on tap.

I ladled myself a bowl of vegetarian wild rice soup and grabbed a small piece of bread. For 25 cents, you could add small pieces of bread (about the size of a quarter-roll) to your soup. When I paid my bill, I was surprised at the price which clocked in at over $7. “This soup better change my life,” I muttered to myself.

The funny thing is that it did. This was a very good bowl of soup. Piping hot, perfectly seasoned and chock full of slivered almonds, lovingly hand-sliced carrots, and plump mushrooms. I’m still thinking about it.

Skyway Wok
Last visited August 2017.

On this day I learned that the reason why the line is so long at Skyway Wok is because it’s really good. I thought I arrived early at 11:15 a.m. but the line snaked around the corner. 30-minutes later I was on my way back to the office, food in hand.

The line moved slowly as the team tried to keep all of the dishes refreshed. It’s clear the food is made with care in smaller batches. No one seemed to bothered by the wait. They must have been here before.

The amount of food I received for $7 was staggering (2 item combo + eggroll). I took half home. The orange chicken pieces were hand battered and freshly fried. And the sauce wasn’t the gloppy cloyingly sweet type but something lighter and spicer than you typically find. The broccoli in the beef and broccoli dish was fresh and tendercrisp.

Skyway Wok’s egg rolls are huge. Twice as large as the typical egg roll. The outside has a crisp coating, as if it was dredged in cornstarch to give it extra crisp; the inside’s stuffed with a meat-vermicelli noodle filling. The food here is so good, bountiful, and affordable that I’ m not sure I can easily be steered many other places when I want Chinese food at lunch.

Sushi Takatsu
Last visited June 2017

The line at Sushi Takatsu is always long. Although many friends have told me that it’s their favorite skyway restaurant, I’ve had to walk by many times because I just didn’t have enough time to wait. If you arrive closer to opening, or work nearby and have an hour lunch, you’ll be fine.

The prices here are unreal. For $7, the restaurant offers a sushi bowl lunch special that consists of a bowl of rice topped with spicy tuna, salmon & yellow tail, avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce and crunchy tempura flakes, PLUS a bowl of miso soup. This is the most fantastic deal I’ve seen in the Skyway so far. Not just because of the price, but because it tastes so good. I have no idea how Takatsu delivers this quality of food at these prices.

This large box of sushi cost $10 before tax and tip. Considering what I’ve paid at grocery stores for grab and go sushi, this cost so less and tasted very fresh. The rolls were generously filled with salmon and tuna that maintained a firm texture.

Feel free to share your favorite Minneapolis skyway meals and snacks below. 


  1. 9 pm happy hour?! sign me up!!

  2. You had me at donuts and sold me at cheese and warm pretzels! I think I need to visit the skyway.

  3. Such a good idea for a post! I wish I would have had this before I spent weeks downtown for training! Will definitely share with my friends who work in or by the skyway!

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