Last week David and I traveled for work to Charlotte & Asheville, North Carolina. We had two long layovers in the Minneapolis Airport, giving us plenty of time to wander the airport and dine. So we had two leisurely meals at the MSP location of French Meadow Bakery.
Minneapolis Airport location of French Meadow
When you look up vegan restaurants Minneapolis or Saint Paul, French Meadow is sure to come up on your list. However, there’s another place you can find that well known eatery – the Minneapolis Airport.
Whenever David is flying through MSP, he always makes a point to have breakfast there. Unlike many airport options, they have the word vegan denoted on their menus, making it easy to find options and order.
(You can see the full menu here; however, the offerings were slightly different when we were there.)
On the breakfast menu, the vegan options are on the slim side. There’s gluten-free blueberry corn pancakes and peanut butter toast.
(Update: Since this post was published, they’ve added a Classic Vegan Breakfast with tofu scramble, hash browns, and vegan sausage.)
I went with David’s standard order – blueberry pancakes and a side of hash browns. To drink, coffee with soy milk.
The hash browns were very generously sized, taking up a whole dinner plate. We definitely could have split one order between us.
The pancakes were served with local maple syrup and sealed packets of dairy butter. (We gave those back, of course. They don’t offer vegan butter, unfortunately.)
The food was a bit bland and nothing extraordinary, but when it comes to airport food, you have to manage your expectations.
On our second stop in the Minneapolis Airport, we visited French Meadow at dinnertime. This time their vegan options included corn arepas, vegan chili, and a few side dishes.
David had a house salad with carrots, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and a white balsamic vinaigrette. On the side, wild rice, a Minnesota specialty.
I went with the vegan chili and organic brown rice, which came with a generous portion of steamed kale. The chili was served with a couple slices of dry bread, and again, dairy butter.
(Since they do have several clearly labeled vegan options, it would be nice if they had non-dairy butter as well to go with them.)
The kale was bright green and not overcooked, and the chili was mild but well seasoned.
Again, I wouldn’t seek out this meal outside of an airport, but for that kind of situation, it was welcome.
You can find French Meadow in the Minneapolis Airport in the F concourse and the North Terminal. There are also other airport locations in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Milwaukee.
Update: Another good airport find! Angel Food Bakery & Coffee Bar has started offering baked vegan donuts. They are in terminal one at concourse E.