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May 30, 2014 11:33 AM

Open-Air Coffee Shops

This is the time of year when I want to be outside, AND at a coffee shop. What are favorite local spots with big garage doors that open up when the weather is nice so when you're inside, it feels like you're out. Oh, and first-rate coffee wouldn't hurt, either

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  1. I just passed one yesterday on Nicollet and 38th next to Finer Meats Company. Can't vouch for the coffee, yet.

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Five Watt Coffee. I tried their espresso the other day - not bad at all. That said, I didn't even notice the garage door. (Obviously, it was closed.) I'll have to try it again.

      1. re: ChancesR

        Does Five Watt have a garage door? I don't think so. Maybe they have sidewalk seating in the summer, but I don't think there's a garage door. In any event, we stopped by there today as we were in the area and I've been jonesing to try one of their fancy drinks. Super fun locale and they had live organ gospel music playing for their "Sunday Service." Sort of reminded me of Hell's Kitchen's gospel brunches.

        I got the Orange Blossom Special and Hubster got the Busy Beaver. We both really liked our drinks and agreed that even though there was a lot going on with both of them, they were both flavorful, but mellow and not overpowering at all. The bitters could go wrong in a big hurry, but they've clearly perfected this. The drinks are spendy, no doubt. $5 for a 10oz drink, but if you're looking for a fun treat, this is a great spot.

        We also go a peanut butter cookie that was TO DIE FOR. I don't know if they make the cookies themselves or get them from another bakery, but it was awesome. I would go back there just for the cookie.

    2. What about Wilde Roast? Not garage doors, but a lovely patio and river view.

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      1. re: jaycooke

        Bob's Java Hut at 27th and Lyndale has the push up garage doors that you're referring to.

      2. NE Spyhouse. Good mix of sitting & standing. No garage doors, but giant french doors they open when it gets even a little nice out.

        2nd Wilde Roast.