I have worked downtown since I moved to Minneapolis almost four years ago. I've had four different jobs in two different companies within just a few blocks of each other (on 6th and 7th streets), so I have become incredibly familiar with the skyway eats in that specific area.
Take a quick look at this Wikipedia entry about our skyway system in case you have no idea what I'm talking about.
There are a ridiculous amount of restaurants within these indoor sidewalks only open for prime lunch hours Monday-Friday. I will no longer be working downtown (yesterday was my last day!), so I will miss being surrounded by so many options (and smells); but I think my stomach will appreciate it.
Today I am sharing my absolute five places to go if you ever find yourself downtown in the skyway any time between 10 AM and 2 or 3 PM. Keep in mind, there are a lot of places I never tried because I usually kept to the general area I knew, but you can find so much more if you do a little exploring of your own!
1. Andrea Pizza
Oh, the dough. This is not only my favorite skyway pizza, but probably the best pizza I've had anywhere. The slices are HUGE, and every bite is so worth whatever crazy amount of calories there are.
2. Allie's Deli & Catering
Amazing customer service - and even better food. From breakfast sandwiches to their sought-after scones to amazing sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, tacos, chili.....I can go on forever. And don't get me started on their scotcharoos. Seriously, just go here as soon as you can.
3. Good to Go
They serve Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups, but all you need to get hooked is their white aioli sauce. Ah. I could easily drink the stuff. Ask for extra in the chicken kabob bowl, and you will be anything but disappointed.
4. Macy's Sky Room
Lunch at Macy's? Most definitely. Set up cafeteria-style on the 12th floor above Macy's department store, you get great food with a great view. Whether you're up for unlimited trips to the salad bar or craving anything from pasta or Mexican to a deli sandwich, they've got you covered.
5. Classic Cookie Co.
OK, so it doesn't exactly count as lunch, but the cookies are too good to not be included. They are ginormous, and there are so many flavors! I never ventured much further than the peanut butter monster, but I guarantee any one will make your day.