The Best Airport Restaurants for Pilots Flying to Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Updated July 24, 2019
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Trever

Trever is a commercial pilot with over 1,700 hours of flight time as well as the owner and general manager of Inflight. He has numerous hours of mountain flying experience and a serious passion for teaching. In just 2 years he earned his Gold Seal Flight Instructor at the age of 22 and became a flight school owner at 23 years old.

For pilots setting their coordinates toward one of the many airports in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, there are more than a few great hangouts and eateries that offer up delicious fare and tasty drinks, no matter where you land.

Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in and around the airports of greater Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Blue Door Pub

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Location: Terminal 1,  Concourse A | at the tram stop between Gates C28 and A1

Phone: (612) 509-0536

Website/Menu: thebdp.com

Home of the “Blucy”, a unique spin on the Twin Cities’ most famous culinary creation, the Jucy Lucy, Blue Door Pub has carved out a name for themselves since opening their first location in 2008. Now, those traveling through MSP can experience the food that has made the restaurant so popular with the locals. Head to Terminal 1 in Concourse A for excellent pub fare and extensive beer offerings at Blue Door Pub.

Lion’s Tap

Flying Cloud Airport (FCM)

Location: Just west of the Flying Cloud Airport on Flying Cloud Dr. / County Rd 4.

Phone: (952) 934-5299

Website/Menu: lionstap.com

Since 1980, this local mainstay has been serving the pilots and passengers that fly through Flying Cloud Airport. Offering award-winning burgers and draft beer in a comfortable atmosphere,  

Long-standing hangout serving draft beer & a small menu of classic burgers & sides since 1980.

Holman’s Table

St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP)

Location: North side of Holman Field

Phone: (612) 800-5298

Website/Menu: holmanstable.com

Named in honor of legendary local pilot Charles “Speed” Holman, this restaurant is located in a restored air terminal with vintage-chic decor, perfect for those living a jet-set lifestyle. With a menu that includes New American cuisine, craft beer and cocktails, this is a perfect place for pilots to refuel while their plane is being refueled at Holman Field.   

Ole Piper Inn

Anoka County-Blaine (ANE)

Location: Directly west of James Field

Phone: (763) 780-7100

Website/Menu: olepiperinn.com

Great food, fully stocked bar, darts, trivia live music and karaoke makes the Ole Piper Inn the perfect pilot hangout. This family-owned spot also offers all-day breakfast and a large vodka selection, so leave the keys to your airplane behind! Plus, they offer fantastic food and drink specials every day of the week, with happy hour specials from 8am-10am and 2pm-7pm.

Peking Cafe

South St. Paul Municipal Airport (SGS)

Location: Northwest side of Richard E. Fleming Field

Phone: (651) 455-1291

Website/Menu: facebook.com/pages/Peking-Cafe

This small, local Chinese restaurant makes the best eastern cuisine in the South St. Paul area since the 1970s. Favorite dishes include the pot stickers, Mongolian beef and sweet and sour chicken. With the cozy atmosphere and grade-A service to back it up, this restaurant is a must-visit for those pilots flying into South St. Paul Municipal Airport.

VFW Post 494

Crystal Airport (MIC)

Location: South side of Crystal Airport

Phone: (763) 537-9914

Website/Menu: crystalvfw.com

The VFW restaurant and bar in Crystal offers live music on Fridays, bingo and other weekly events, among them pull tabs and other fundraising entertainment. Pilots can enjoy a bite outdoors on the inviting patio that overlooks the Crystal Airport landing strip, watching the planes arrive and depart. You can’t go wrong with this classic spot!

Minnesota Wild Bar & Restaurant

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Location: Terminal 2, Concourse H

Phone: (612) 356-5878

Website/Menu: hmshost.com/brands/minnesota-wild

It shouldn’t be a surprise that MSP has a hockey-themed restaurant, in honor of our team the Wild. Here, guests can enjoy a sports-bar style menu, offering up uniquely local fare like wild rice soup and Summit IPAs. But perhaps what’s best about this restaurant is the atmosphere — over 1,400 hockey sticks make up the bar, professional goalie helmets line the eating area, a hockey-puck mosaic adorns the wall and patrons can play a retro bubble hockey game.

Gorman’s Restaurant

Lake Elmo Airport (21D)

Location Directly west of Lake Elmo Airport

Phone: 651-770-2476

Website/Menu: gormansrestaurantlakeelmo.com

Gorman’s Restaurant is a local favorite, with a long and sentimental history serving the pilots flying through Lake Elmo Airport. This unassuming dive serves up some of the best fare in the area, including hamburgers, all-day breakfast, sandwiches, malts and milkshakes. With well-worn decor, old-school wooden booths, hefty portions and a 1950s vibe, a visit to Gorman’s is like taking a step back in time in the best way possible.

Are you landing at Flying Cloud Airport?

Stop by Inflight Pilot Training and say hello to our team!
Whether you need aircraft maintenance, plane rental or even a nearby restaurant recommendation, we’re more than happy to help the pilots that come through our great airport in the Twin Cities. Get in touch with our team today to find out more about our pilot services at Flying Cloud Airport: Send us a message or call (952) 698-3000.


Trever

Trever is a commercial pilot with over 1,700 hours of flight time as well as the owner and general manager of Inflight. He has numerous hours of mountain flying experience and a serious passion for teaching. In just 2 years he earned his Gold Seal Flight Instructor at the age of 22 and became a flight school owner at 23 years old.