• Chelsea Pacella

Hockey and a Hot Meal

Confession: I love a good themed restaurant. Planet Hollywood. Hard Rock. Rainforest Café. I eat them up, literally. Sure, there’s a certain cheese factor apparent, but there’s also usually cheese fries on the menu along with a healthy serving of pop culture. And now travelers to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) will have a chance to dine at the Minnesota Wild-themed restaurant at Terminal 2-Humphrey.

The good people of the Midwest love their hockey, and Minnesota is no exception. The new Minnesota Wild restaurant is chock full of memorabilia in the form of signed jerseys, helmets, arcade-style bubble hockey games, and hockey playing on the TVs throughout the establishment. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the bar fascia, constructed from the recycled hockey sticks from local players and fans who took part in an area “drive for hockey sticks” recycling program. I can’t think of a better way to feel a connection to Minnesota than having a beer at the bar right above a stick that could have been used in a local peewee league. Talk about an authentic experience!

But man cannot live on theme restaurant décor alone- what of the food? The menu is both hearty, with offerings of Roast Beef Slider, Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, and Old World Meatloaf, and refined, a la Maine Lobster Grilled Cheese, Mushroom Flatbread and Pan Roasted Salmon. The handmade bar also offers handmade cocktails. The Minnesota Wild restaurant appeals to die-hard fans and curious travelers alike. You don’t have to appreciate hockey to appreciate that true Minnesotans love their hockey; so eating at this theme establishment is a great way to “do as the locals do.” The lively décor and tasty food will satisfy both families and solo travelers. Wishing you a hat trick and tasty travels!

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to admire the bar while you’re having a nice cold one! It’s made from 1,400 hockey sticks collected from local Minnesotans!

Original post by Lara Pasternak


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