What are the best stores to look at for healthy food?
Beard: Nationally? QuikTrip has that fantastic selection of salads. I think Kum & Go has a nicer decor than Starbucks, Wi-Fi, lots of USB ports, and the best selection of healthy snacks I've seen. They're so nice, people don't even realize they're gas stations.
Locally, there's a place in Minneapolis on 36th and Lyndale, and the owner, Lonnie, stocks the place with healthy, local stuff from around Minnesota. Everything from hot sauce to snack bars to locally sourced kombucha.
In Bend, Oregon, a guy named Kent Couch owns the Stop and Go. He has this whole mad-scientist aura about him. He came up with a way to put wooden skewers on chicken strips, line them up in a heater so you can just grab them, and eat them in your car so the steering wheel doesn't get messy.
The best ever, though, is Papu's Cafe in Kansas City. The guy who owns it is from Pakistan and took out a loan to buy the gas station he worked at when he was studying art history. He grinds his own spices, makes his own blends, and cooks out of a kitchen in this tiny Shell station. It's the best Mediterranean food I've ever had.