Chick-fil-A Coming to Minneapolis Airport

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A will be calling the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport home sometime this spring. It will be the first full-scale Chick-fil-A in Minnesota. There aren’t any in North Dakota.

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

I tried the place out in Denver over Christmas and was pretty happy with the chicken sandwich and waffle fries I got. They seem to have a higher standard on both quality of ingredients and the way they prepare their items.

Chick-fil-A will take the place of McDonald’s, which was booted from Concourse G by Delta Air Lines because it wanted to have a high-scale eating experience in its concourse.

The Atlanta-based chain has more than 1,600 restaurants across the country.

The new location will be on Concourse C in Terminal 1 and will take the place of Godfather’s Pizza and A&W. I definitely be picking up a sandwich or two when I fly through MSP.

Big Burgers in a Thousand Combinations at ‘Five Guys’

I’m a bit ashamed to admit Tuesday was my first trip to Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Grand Forks and they’ve been open for over a year.

But better late than never.

Five Guys Burger

Founded in 1986, the place offers hamburgers and fresh cut fries. But the combinations of ingredients you can have them throw on your burger is immense. And at no additional charge.

You can get the normal mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. But you can also pile on green peppers, jalapeños, grilled mushrooms and sauces like BBQ, hot sauce or A1.

I opted for the simple double cheeseburger with grilled onions, lettuce and pickles. I also order a “small” order of fries.

But they really pile on the fries, which are fried in 100% peanut oil and come salted or “Cajun style.” The fries overflow from the small cup, with grease soaking through the paper bag. Hey, if you’re afraid of a little grease with a great burger, this place isn’t for you.

Service was friendly and crazy fast. I had my burger and fries within minutes. And that’s saying something, as they assemble each burger to order and keep a steady stream of patties cooking away on the grill.

But if there was anything resembling a line, you can snack on roasted peanuts and throw the shells on the floor, which I assume you’re supposed to do.

There’s some tables and chairs to sit down, but I took it to go.

It isn’t the most appealing burger when you open up the tinfoil and dig in, but it’s definitely tasty. And the quality ingredients really bring out the flavor.

The thick-cut fries were salted just right and I could definitely taste that they were fresh. Some potato skin is left on the outer cuts and you can really taste the potato, which I liked.

You can also get kosher hot dogs or grilled cheese sandwiches.

Add Five Guys to one of the best burgers in town along with JL Beers and the Blue Moose’s Outlaw Burger. And while it took me this long to finally try the place, it won’t be long before I’m back.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

3221 32nd Ave. S.