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Apr 13, 2007 12:57 PM

Moose & Sadie's Mpls

Anyone been there lately? I stopped in on my way to Toast yesterday and had a cup
of very delicious barley mushroom soup with some great bread. Somehow I thought this
was a Uof M campus hangout. Did they move or something? The place looks kind of
unassuming but seems to have some good cooking going on, including desserts that
I didn't get a chance to try, that they bake there.

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  1. Moose and Sadie's has been there for at least 4-5 years. Before the smoking ban it was a smoke-filled coffee shop. They did a renovation about 1.5 years ago and ended up with what it is now. We love the breakfast there - fantastic oatmeal, huevos rancheros, granola, etc.

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    1. re: katebauer

      My favorite lunch spot which I mention in just about every post where it is warranted.

      Very good coffee. Best heuvos rancheros in town IMO. The curried carrot soup is out of this world. The BLAs (bacon lettuce avacado) are perfect. Salads are just always so darn good. And the ginger limeade is a summertime MUST.

      I agree with kate, it was pretty dismal before the smoking ban, but with a new chef, new walls, and a new menu it is bright and fun.

      1. re: Foureyes137

        I prefer it with the new decor, but some of the grizzled veterans who used to haunt it in its dingy, broken-up-inside, smoke-filled coffee shop days think they ruined it by making it "sterile". Humph. I like the bright, cheery interior.

        Also, great tuna sandwiches and always a good quiche - usually two types on brunch weekends.

        And they serve Yumi organic tea, none of that Tazo crap.

        I think I'll go there for brekkers tomorrow. Those huevos... mmmmmm.

        1. re: Loren3

          well, before it was a coffee shop, and a great place to study and talk. The smoke wasn't bothersome if you sat in the nonsmoking section, or on the patio, which is great. I like the new place a lot, which is totally renovated, but basically it's now a restaurant, not a coffee shop, and it's sad when old coffee shops like that close. I think it was around for at least a dozen years or more. Where do the people in the neighborhood go now to study? Dunn Bros? It's a sterile chain.

          1. re: FishMPLS

            My husband used to live in the area and definitely mourned the loss of the old place. He used to work at home and went to Moose and Sadies to work for at least a couple hours each day. I always found it very strange though. There was that plexiglass wall separating the smokers which always made me think of them as animals in a zoo.

            There was Marysburg Coffee just around the corner from M&S but it was never very busy. You'd think if people were still looking for a locally owned coffee place they would have headed there after the renovation. There's also that Coffee Break or something place on N. 1st street which I've never been in or seen anyone in.

            1. re: katebauer

              Montana is also in the area and I thought had better coffee than the old moose & sadies and is quieter, but that is me. Java j's is down the street a bit now (talk about sterile) I definitely hate to see local coffee shops disappear, but when they turn into even better retaurants, it's hard to complain.

              1. re: katebauer

                Prior to kids and hitting 30, we used to spend way too much time there killing time by drinking coffee, playing cribbage and of course smoking. Perhaps it is worth trying again for breakfast? So if it was changed by a former Birchwood chef, how do the two compare? We are about 6 blocks from the Birchwood so trying to determine if it is worth the trip?

                1. re: marknavoski

                  It's quieter than Birchwood, but has a much more limited menu. Not as
                  many desserts. I'd say it still has the coffee shop vibe- you order at the
                  counter, no servers.

              2. re: FishMPLS

                When I was in grad school, I did most of my studying at Runyon's, beer in one hand, book in the other, laptop propped open, and delicious fries just within reach. No wireless, though.

                Across the river, on St. Anthony Main, there's the Aster Cafe. I've only been in it once, and it didn't excite me.

                1. re: Loren3

                  I eat at Aster Cafe a lot even though they drive me crazy. The staff isn't very friendly and the prices are quite high, but they have extremely good sandwiches on baguettes and green salads. Their wireless is flaky though (I think it's from the public access station in the building) so don't go there if you're hoping to get work done online.

            2. re: Foureyes137

              Yes, I must thank you foureyes and others who post about this place, I have
              noticed but somehow was picturing a smoky student hangout with greasy spoon
              chow, and couldn't grasp how good food could be part of the scene. Now, reading
              the other posts, I understand. And, I just found a City Pages note that said a
              former Birchwood cook changed the place from boring food to great food. That
              also explains a lot.