It’s the one word that can inspire dread in a seasoned traveler — “layover.” It’s the perfect period of purgatory where you visit a city without actually visiting a city. And amid the sea of chain restaurants and gift shops that inhabit most airports, it’s usually difficult to find local flavor beyond what’s printed on a t-shirt. While airports are offering more familiar dining and shopping options for travelers, the offerings have been pretty static from city to city. However, a more locally driven renaissance is starting to happen in airports across the country, with a perfect example in Minneapolis.
Wine bar and artisanal market Surdyk’s Flights has been pouring and slicing for Minneapolis/St. Paul airport travelers since 2010. An extension of the Northeast Minneapolis mainstay Surdyk’s, Surdyk’s Flights is more than just a fun-sized version of the beloved liquor and food market. In addition to a wide selection of off-sale wine, liquor, and food, Surdyk’s Flights showcases a full wine bar featuring signature flights of wine grouped by variety and region. If you only have time for a quick sip of Pinot Noir before boarding, wines are available by the glass. Otherwise, you can enjoy a nice vintage (or beer, or cocktail) at your own pace while noshing on deli sandwiches and salads prepared on site and served by your own “flight” attendant.
Surdyk’s Flights, among other unique MSP dining options, are all part of the evolution to give travelers a taste of local fare and flair without having to leave the airport. So, while you may not be able to leave the terminal for the two hours between flights, you still have the opportunity to taste what the home city has to offer.
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