Photo by Caitlin Abrams
You may have just spent the past few days eating your weight in pumpkin pie, but fret not! If you work downtown, maybe it's a good thing to not pack a lunch (especially, dripping with gravy). There's a trend popping in the skyways, and it has a lovely shade of green.
A spate of quick-service salad/veggie-focused shops serving eaters seeking a fresher, healthier alternative to fast food have opened in the Minneapolis skyways—and there are more on the way. These places cater to the smart eater, and have plenty of options that are vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo friendly, organic, and the like.
The Salad Bar / City Center
Opened early this year, this kiosk in the high-traffic crossroads between Gaviidae and Macy’s allows you to pick the ingredients of your salad, which is then assembled, chopped, and tossed for you. Notably, they have more than 50 toppings and dressings you can mix and match.
Sprout Salad Co. / Gaviidae North
Tucked over by the former Nieman Marcus, this freshly opened airy and bright spot is another pick-and-chop-your-salad destination from some local entrepenuers. They also have fresh juices, daily soups, lavash wraps, and are a little more generous with the protein than some other salad concepts.
Simpls / 601 Marquette
Just down the hall from MyBurger and Taco Johns is Simpls (SIM-PLESS), a new-fangled convenience store that focuses on locally made products and healthy, fresh foods. The deli cases have pre-made salads and sandwiches, there are a few kettles of hot soup, and it’s the only spot with locally brewed kombucha on tap! There’s also a lot of snacky things like granola bars, nuts, yogurt, and smoothies to help you stray from the cafeteria vending machines.
Greenfield Natural Kitchen / Canadian Pacific Plaza (formerly One Financial) (Opening December 8)
What used to be a D. Brian’s Deli is morphing into this new concept from the same owner, Doug Sams, who has been on a healthy eating kick himself and can't seem to find a place he wanted to eat! Greenfield is an altogether more modern presentation than the former, with barn wood and white tile, and the idea is to create your own bowls or wraps from greens, grains, and ethically sourced proteins, all for one price.
Freshii / Gaviidae South (Opening Soon)
Just down from Juut, this franchise plans an outpost similar to the ones already in Southdale and on the U of M campus. Their manifesto is “Eat. Engergize.” and they use responsible packaging for their healthy burritos, bowls, soups, salads, wraps, and frozen yogurt. Kale, quinoa, tofu, falafel, are all common ingredients found here.
Is there more? Have you seen stuff in the St. Paul skyways that I haven't? Let me know in the comments and we'll round that stuff up too!