Common Roots Cafe - MSP
- bob s Jul 10, 2007 06:53 PM
Just stopped by the Common Roots Cafe at 26th and Lyndale (the old Sobas -- and older Poulet -- space) for dinner this evening. Apparently, they just opened on Monday.
They have opened up the space and have stripped the walls back to the brick. You order at a counter and then a server brings your food.
Had a grilled sandwich with eggplant and olive spread, thinly sliced zucchini and gouda cheese. The sandwich came with a side of bagel chips and pickled cauliflower and carrot. Very tasty.
I also had a cup of soup, but I'm not sure what kind it was. (I had ordered red lentil, but that's not what I got. When I went up to look at the menu board later, I couldn't figure out which soup I'd gotten instead.)
They also serve beer and wine -- the beer includes two Surly taps (currently Cynicale and Bender).
The sandwich, cup of soup, and a pint of beer ran about $15.
A very earnest place -- they seem to be very committed to locally sourced food and the food is made from scratch. Several types of Peace Coffee.
They also had a beautiful cake, several scones, pastries, and muffins. Oh, and they make their own bagels.
All in all, a nice neighborhood place.
Common Roots Cafe
2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
thanks for the nice review of this place bob s-- been keeping an eye on the reno there, waiting for them to open!
Today there was a gal on a notebook, so I *think* they have wifi. I didn't specifically ask though.
I had a roastbeef sandwich with raw milk cheese, onions, and stone ground mustard on honey grain (I think) that was excellent. My small cappuccino turned into something more like a latte (more milk and bigger than a cappa should be), but the espresso shot was ground immediately before being pulled and it had nice tiger stripes through most of it's ~28 second pull (good).
My wife had a bagel with blueberry cream cheese and slice of banana bread. Both were very good; the bagels were a little "skinny" looking though.
Overall a good experience on our first visit.
I went in this morning and grabbed a toasted sesame bagel w. a bit of butter. I thought the bagel was the best I have had in a long time. And it was the size a bagel should be, not gargantuan like Einstein's. The flavour was so much fresher than Bruegger's. I key getting slightly sweet and then a little salt. Excellent. And the space was like a breath of fresh air after Soba's!
I just stopped by this morning, and you're definitely burying the lede -- Minneapolis/St. Paul now has real bagels. I ate my way through Manhattan and Brooklyn when I was living in Cobble Hill looking for the best bagels out there (my feeling: Terrace Bagels, in Park Slope), so I'm attuned to what sets apart the good, the bad, and the ugly. Common Roots bagels have a nice boiled exterior (but not too tough), a good dense flavorful interior (but not too sour), and a perfect size -- the tire-sized bagel is an abomination, not a goal, because it tends to result in a higher soft interior to delicious crusty exterior ratio than is desirable.
The cream cheese is definitely something fresh (not off-the-shelf) and the combination of the two is dynamite. Life as we know it has been altered. Slightly. For the better.
I'm currently eating my take out.
It's a really bright and clean space, and they do have wireless. They had 4 types of bagels - sesame, plain, poppy, and one other savory which I can't remember. I got the carrot ginger soup which is really wonderful and slightly spicy. I had a creamier bowl of it at Riverview Wine Bar last month which was really fantastic - this one is a small step down but still great. They packed the soup in an eco-friendly container which is a little too flimsy. I also got a sesame bagel w/ plain cream cheese. I would prefer the bagel to have a little more definition - crunchier on the outside and chewy in the middle, but it's definitely an improvement to the chain bagels.
The sandwiches looked delicious too and I can't wait to go back. They were having some problems with the cash register today so if you go soon bring cash.