The Best Spots for Food in the Skyway
Explore the diversity of Downtown Minneapolis cuisine while protected from the elements at these beloved Skyway-level restaurants.
*Please be sure to check the restaurant's official website or call ahead for the latest on business hours, closures and offerings.
Whether you are looking to escape negative temperatures at all costs or simply grab a quick, affordable lunch between meetings, there’s no better place to refuel in Downtown Minneapolis than at one of the Skyway’s many (many) eateries. You could enjoy a whole day getting lost in the miles of twisting, turning second-floor labyrinth to find which dishes are worth savoring and which are worth skipping, or you could simply hit one of our favorite spots for sure-bet satisfaction. Note: Most Skyway restaurants are open weekdays only, so you may need to actually venture outside on Saturdays and Sundays.
For people who work downtown Minneapolis, Dave's is a go-to for delicious breakfasts. You've got to try their breakfast sandwich or their breakfast burrito. Don't need breakfast? They also have classically-good sandwiches, wraps, and salads for lunch.
Location: AT&T Tower
Green + The Grain
For a healthy indulgence, head to one of the four locations of this minimalist, monochromatic clean eater’s haven that serves up way more than simple green salads. Case in point? The Thai Beef Tenderloin salad piled high with rice noodles, romaine lettuce, napa cabbage, pickled carrots, fresh herbs, peanuts, local beef, and other bright veggies in a spicy peanut sauce. Feeling creative? Build your own salad from an extensive list of fresh toppings and premium additions, from saffron couscous to wild-caught buffalo shrimp.
Locations: LaSalle Plaza, Baker Center, US Bank Plaza
Your appetite will be vanquished at this Asian-Mexican fusion hotspot where pineapple salsa and baja sauce rub elbows with spicy Thai curry and kimchi. Enjoy a Korean BBQ burrito or Duck Confit Banh Mi, and customize your level of spice by adding a few “kicks” of sundried and powdered Minnesota grown Thai chili peppers.
Location: Baker Center
Kadai Indian Kitchen
You don’t need to be a local office worker to indulge in Kadai’s “Business Lunch” buffet, and there’s no better way to get your fill of a variety of North and South Indian specialties—from Andhra Spicy Chicken Curry to Malai Kofta. Avoid the lunch lines and stop in for an Indian breakfast treat, the Mysore Masala Dosa. This rice crepe rolled and filled with potato curry and spicy chutney is available daily before 11am.
Location: Six Quebec (601 S Marquette)
This Osaka-style sushi spot in the Baker Center draw remarkable lines, but one visit and you’ll know why. Serving up sushi bowl specials, oshizushi (pressed sushi), creative sushi rolls, beef curry bowls, and slurpable fried chicken udon at reasonable prices, Takatsu will have you planning your next lunch order before you’ve finished your first.
Location: Baker Center
Naf Naf Grill
Naf Naf serves flavors true to Middle Eastern cuisine. You can build your own bowl, stuffed pita, or salad with many fillings, like falafel, steak, purple cabbage, basmati rice, couscous, and more. Plus, add as many sauces as you'd like.
Location: City Center
The Brothers Deli
A little bit of the Big Apple in Minneapolis, this New York-style deli has been serving up Reubens on rye, slow-roasted brisket sandwiches, and matzo ball soup along with a dizzying array of other sandwiches, salads, burgers, wraps, and more on South Sixth Street for nearly two decades.
Location: 50 South Sixth
D. Brian’s breakfasts and lunches are made with nutritious and natural ingredients. They have convenient breakfast options, like breakfast sandwiches and breakfast bowls (which are served all day), but also lunch staples like salads, tasty sandwiches, and even taco bowls.
Location: Canadian Pacific Plaza
Vietnamese street food reduced to its freshest, tastiest essentials: pho, vermicelli noodle salads, spring rolls, and banh mi sandwiches with a host of customizable additions—swap garlic-orange tofu for lemongrass steak or ginger pork, then load up on fresh herbs, zingy pineapple, and sliced jalapeños, and a tight assortment of delicious sauces to make each meal your own. In a rush? Order online from the Lasalle Plaza location to pick up and dash.
Locations: Fifth Street Towers, LaSalle Plaza
Afro Deli & Grill
Fusing African, Mediterranean, and American flavors with halal meats and a community-minded ethos, Afro Deli’s new Skyway location in the Baker Building is a one-way ticket to a one-of-a-kind flavor vacation. Where else can you find Somali Steak Sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, veggie sambusas, freshly made falafel, and the Afro Asian Chicken Suqaar blending Korean flavors and African spices? Nowhere but Afro Deli’s three other locations, that’s where.
Location: Baker Center
Come Pho Soup
Looking for something warm, cozy, and hearty? Come Pho Soup is your spot. This French Vietnamese fusion restaurant offers a selection of steaming bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches. Choose from unique bowl options like Breakfast, Vegan, or Seafood, or make your own!
Location: Medical Arts Building (825 Nicollet)
Craving a sweet pick-me-up? Cardigan Donuts has got to go on your list. Their old fashioned donut is one of the best in Minneapolis, and they're always baking new and inventive donut flavors. Most of these specialty flavors (like a blueberry and lemon old fashioned or a red velvet donut) are only available for short amounts of time, so keep an eye on their Instagram page to stay in the know.
Location: IDS Center