Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: April 1: Minneapolis

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Entry #22- Dagwood's: Minneapolis
by Matt Bonner


Minneapolis is a really cool city.  They have an awesome arts and music scene (I have one word: Prince), great sports franchises, a bunch of lakes, and the "skywalk."  The skywalk is this complex network of walkways that connect all of the buildings in downtown Minneapolis.  This allows people to get around from building to building without having to go outside and brave the weather… especially during the winter months. 

The skywalk is like a never ending mall.  It is lined with numerous stores, restaurants, and most importantly: sandwich shops.  Cousins Subs, Panera, Potbelly's, Cosi, Subway, Au Bon Pain, and Quizno's are just a few of the options that can be found on the skywalk.  I guess the numerous lunch spots can be attributed to the thousands of people who work in the surrounding office buildings.

If you are from out of town, it is very easy to get lost in the skywalk.  With all the twists, turns, escalators, and stairs, it is quite common to become disoriented… especially if you have a terrible sense of direction like me.  One time last season, I got lost in the skywalk.  I walked in and out of 5 different buildings, down an escalator, up another escalator, and into another building.  I must have walked the equivalent of seven or eight city blocks and had no idea where I was or how to get back to the hotel.  So I took another escalator down a level and went outside to get my bearings.  I was trying to use the GPS on my phone to locate my position when I looked up and saw the hotel not a block away!

Today's sandwich hunt took me into the depths of the skywalk once again.  I compare it to going on an African safari into the jungle.  Without a proper guide, you don't stand a chance.  Luckily, I had some guides.  I was rolling with four real Minneapolitans and our Media Director, Tom James.  These were locals who knew their way around the skywalk and were guiding me to their sandwich recommendation:  Dagwood's.

The skywalk is littered with so many chain sandwich shops, I was excited to hit up a local joint.  After walking some distance through the maze of corridors, we arrived at our destination.  I have to say, Dagwood's was very unremarkable looking.  In fact, from the outside, it looked rather unappealing.  Had it not come recommended, I definitely would not have eaten there.  But you can't judge a book by its cover.

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