Best Cafes I Wish Were in My Neighborhood
Why are all the great cafes in someone else's neighborhood? Oh well, I guess I'll have to make it a mission to drive to the best of the best to try them out. By "great cafe" I mean really good food, very casual atmosphere, cheap prices (sandwiches/entrees under $10). Some of my favorites:
2. Crema Cafe
3. Cafe Maude
I wish Brasa were in my neighborhood. And a good asian restaurant. I'm lucky because I live in SW Minn and there are a ton of great neighborhood spots. But, I do get really frustrated with the high prices of all these "neighborhood" places. That's one thing that was really sad about the Heidi's fire- it took out Blackbird, one of the few places around that had moderate prices.
Victory 44 - Oh wait, that's in my neighborhood. Lucky me!
Um, I'll go with:
2. Blue Door Pub
Gigi's and Crema are both in my 'hood and I've never been to Gigi's and only to Crema for ice cream. I'm a bad person, I know. But there are so many good Mexican and Vietnamese places in walking distance...
I wish Bad Waitress was closer. I love their atmosphere and they do a nice breakfast and have good salads.
I'd love to have ANYTHING in the NE burbs. As it is, I'm stuck in chain hell.
Let's go by topic:
1) Great breakfast spot - Bon Vie, Al's, Good Day
2) Great burger and beer spot - The Nook, The Gnome, Buster's
3) Great little food gem - Brasa, Victory 44
4) Great ethnic food - Anything from Central, Lake, University or Eat Street
We're very fortunate for live near Swede Hollow Cafe, which meets all your criteria I believe. Great atmosphere (esp. when it's warm enough to sit outside), great homemade soups and desserts (sandwiches are good too, but they're 'just' sandwiches), reasonable prices....
I went to Cheeky Monkey for the first time Thursday--loved it! Tried to go Friday and couldn't get in. We went to Bon Vie then, and had great sandwiches (roasted pepper veggie and meatloaf)--usually we just go to Bon Vie for their great eggs benedict. So I vote for both!
I'm happy with the 318 Cafe in Excelsior. Good food and nightly live entertainment. In the summer it is adjacent to a well traveled bike path from Hopkins to Victoria.