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Seven Ace Breakfast Stops at the Minneapolis Airport

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Pre-flight mimosa at Mimosa.
Pre-flight mimosa at Mimosa.

So you’re going to spend the next few hours stuffed into a tiny seat, thirty thousand feet in the air. Who says you still can’t have a great breakfast? Here are the restaurants at MSP worth getting through security five minutes earlier for.

- by Thomas Bird

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Photo courtesy Yelp

Photo courtesy Yelp

Mill City Tavern - Lindbergh Terminal and Concourse G

A project by James Beard Award nominated chef Lenny Russo's Heartland Restaurant and Wine Bar in St. Paul, Mill City continues the institution’s emphasis on creative offerings comprised of locally sourced, quality ingredients. Try the Eggs Norwegian, an open faced sandwich featuring smoked salmon and eggs from Litchfield, MN’s Sparboe Farm. Breakfast served from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

French Meadow at the airport. Photo courtesy Yelp

French Meadow at the airport. Photo courtesy Yelp

French Meadow Cafe – Airport Mall and Concourse F

As with their Minneapolis and St. Paul locations, French Meadow Café’s two airport venues emphasize fresh, organic, and locally sourced food. The omelet of the day features local, seasonal ingredients, accompanied by crispy organic hash browns. If you’re in a rush, there are also good pre-packaged options available. Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Surdyk's Flights - Airport Mall and Humphrey Terminal

The same great gourmet flavors you’ve come to expect at from Surdyk’s home store in Northeast Minneapolis. Most of the food here is pre-made, but quality. Surdyk’s helps even the most time-pressed traveler eat well on the go. Its additional presence in Humphrey means that even if you’re saving money on your flight, you don’t have to compromise on the of the most important meal of the day. Breakfast all day.

Outside Ike's at the airport. Photo courtesy Yelp

Outside Ike's at the airport. Photo courtesy Yelp

Ike's Food & Cocktails - Airport Mall and Concourse F

Like its restaurants in Minnetonka and downtown Minneapolis, Ike’s in the Airport Mall and in Concourse F are go-to spots for classic American breakfast offerings. The menu is notably extensive for the airport with everything from steak and eggs, to corn beef hash to breakfast burritos and a salmon scramble. Breakfast until 10:30 a.m. in Airport Mall, and all day in Concourse F.

O'Gara's – Concourse F

Another Twin Cities mainstay with a presence at MSP. O’Gara’s has a relatively limited breakfast menu, but it’s all classics. Try the Denver omelet or the classic breakfast with two eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast. Breakfast until 10 a.m.

Shoyu. Photo courtesy Yelp

Shoyu. Photo courtesy Yelp

Mimosa/Shoyu/Minnibar - Concourse G

A Japanese noodle joint, a Provençal-style bistro and a chic airport bar. What do these places have in common? They are all offerings from OTG – the national company that was central to MSP’s recent Concourse G rework, and together comprise what the company calls "pod 1". At breakfast, the menus are essentially the same with the most extensive version available at Mimosa. And it’s solid: crepes, croquet Madame, even simple scrambled eggs and potatoes. There is also a Minnibar 2 where you can order food from Mill City Tavern. Breakfast from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Minnesota Wild Sports Bar– Humphrey Terminal

Not just for hockey fans, the Minnesota Wild Sports Bar does big American breakfast to the max. Creative breakfast sandwiches feature ingredients like pastrami or Philly cheese steak as well as classics like steak and eggs or brioche French toast. Breakfast from 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Grab and go options start at 4 a.m.