Sure, you'll find the usual fast-food chains and coffee carts, but MSP hosts several secondary outposts of favorite Twin Cities haunts – and they truly don't feel like cheesy, crammed mockups of the originals. There's Ike's Food & Cocktails, a retro-themed joint that serves up steaks, ribs, a seriously amazing burger, and a bunch of interesting small plates and apps, along with killer cocktails. For lighter fare, French Meadow Bakery & Café delivers unique and locally sourced salads, sandwiches, and entrées with a great wine selection set in an open, inviting space. Axel's Bonfire is another winner, with wood-fired Southwestern-inspired nosh and the restaurant's signature Bull Bites.
If you must cram in some work during your stopover – or maybe you're only a few hours out from dinner and drinks with clients and would be wise to just chill – MSP has you covered there, too. Despite its size, several parts of the terminal are sectioned off into several smaller areas, almost like rooms or mini-terminals, so there's no shortage of spots to hunker down and not be bothered. The one knock is there's currently a fee for wireless access, but MSP plans to offer free service by the end of this year, according to the airport's website.
Obviously, you'll never plan a trip around a layover, but if you're bound to make a brief Midwest stop and can choose between Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis, you'll know what to do.
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