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peggy.sue32 Feb 28, 2008 07:48 AM

I am moving to Minneapolis (from New york) so I'm a bit lost. After leaving my job interview downtown, I took the train towards the airport, needing to kill time I asked someone on the train where there was a coffee shop. Someone told me to get off at the next stop and go west. I think I was at 38th?

Ok so that's how I got there, the thing was I had this awesome egg sandwich and a chai that I can't stop thinking about.

The place was small, it had a kids area with a mural. Everyone seemed nice even the customers. (Did I dream this place?) I can't seem to find out info on it.

Please help out this future Minnesotan. Any other suggestions on great coffee/cafe would be appreciated also.

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  1. Jordan Feb 28, 2008 07:51 AM

    Was this the place?

    http://www.tilliesbean.com/

    Minneapolis probably has the highest per capita number of independent coffee shops for any city besides Seattle.

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      jeanmt Feb 28, 2008 08:46 AM

      Was it the Riverview Wine Bar and Cafe on, I think, 38th and 42nd? Forty-second would be the east-west street here. Across from the Riverview Theater. They have a kind of separate kids' area, like you described. It's a step-up from the regular coffee shop.

      It's attached to a wine bar, so you may have noted that.

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      1. re: jeanmt
        drew13000 Feb 28, 2008 08:53 AM

        Riverview is quite a walk from the light rail, and it's also east. My guess would be Tillie's.

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          KTFoley Feb 28, 2008 09:00 AM

          I was wondering about that or the Minnehaha coffeeshop on 46th & 46th, but both of those are east of the light rail station.

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            soupkitten Feb 28, 2008 09:31 AM

            "Everyone seemed nice even the customers."

            well, we can narrow it down from there! LOL just kidding, there aren't a lot of mean & surly, unwelcoming coffee houses 'round here. . .

            to the op: welcome! & there are some great, independent coffee/cafe places in every neighborhood in msp, too many to list & no need to drive/train away from home. . . do you know the area/neighborhood you'll be living in, so we can point you to a local place?

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          frittering_away Feb 29, 2008 03:01 PM

          Welcome to the area!

          1. MSPD Mar 1, 2008 09:02 AM

            We kind of glossed over your last sentence. If it's quality coffee you're after, whether you end up in Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, or the northern most tip of International Falls, I would make the trip to Kopplin's in St. Paul the first thing on your to-do list in Minnesota. The only very, very minor drawback to the place is it's tiny and you can't always find a seat to linger on a busy weekend day. Well...that and it's not attached to my house and convenient to my morning commute, which I consider significant drawbacks.

            Like others said, depending on what part of the area you settle into, there are a number of other nice coffee shops and cafes. Welcome.

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            1. re: MSPD
              AnneInMpls Mar 1, 2008 10:48 AM

              Peggy Sue, see this thread on good coffee in the Twin Cities:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/125229

              Anne

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              Starduster Mar 1, 2008 11:10 AM

              I believe you were at Hiawatha Joe's on about 41st & Hiawatha. We visited for lunch a few weeks ago. Everything was fabulous.

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                KTFoley Mar 1, 2008 02:20 PM

                Hiawatha Joe's is across Minnehaha Ave, so she would have gotten there by walking east instead of following directions to go west.

                For all the good coffee in S. Minneapolis -- and I would rank Cliquot above most of the spots named so far -- Jordan's suggestion of Tillie's Bean is the only one that matches Peggy's Sue's geography points.

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