Ingredient restaurant offers a smorgasbord of gourmet and customizable culinary bites in a quick-serve atmosphere, catering to dietary restrictions whenever possible. Local ingredients claim squatter's rights on the menu, sprucing up dishes such as the custom salads ($8.95), with more than 75 options to arrange into fully functioning veggie ecosystems.
Brothers Ed and Dan Dunn fell in love with coffee and the community it connected in the coffee houses of Eugene, Oregon. So, in 1987 they got their hands on a 12-kilo Probat roaster and started slinging beans in their hometown of St. Paul. Today, Dunn Bros Coffee stretches across nine states, roasting coffee beans in small batches, hand-drawing espresso, and showcasing local artists’ work just as Ed and Dan envisioned 25 years ago. Trained to the brothers' standards, baristas at all the shops craft coffee drinks such as Infinite Black iced coffee and create three layers of foam when steaming milk or building bouncy coffee houses.
The coffee, itself, comes from across the globe—from locales such as Costa Rica, Brazil, and Rwanda. In 2000, the brothers entered a fair-trade distribution agreement, and in 2011, they began a program to ensure all their coffee beans come from sustainably produced sources.
Hot sandwiches and cold scoops of ice cream dominate the menu at The Eagle Scoop, a comfortable, all-American neighborhood spot that specializes in familiar, made-to-order meals. Diners can build custom sandwiches or paninis that arrive piled with turkey, swiss, and a variety of dressings. Smaller dishes such as cups of daily-made soup and chili-cheese dogs can round out meals or serve as their own meal. Diners can finish meals with ice cream, brownie sundaes, banana splits, or malts.
Seven robust flavors coat the wings at Woody's Pub and Grub, which has been filling the bellies of diners with hearty pub food for over a decade. After sampling the buffalo, mesquite, or raspberry hot wings, the menu's make-your-own salads, walking tacos, and pub burgers appear at the table, ready to be devoured and washed down with an cold, frothy beer.
Cafe Berlin fills its kitchen with vegetables, coffee, dairy, free-range eggs, and other natural and organic foods from local farms, including Patchwork Family Farms, Green Hills Harvest Dairy, and Lakota Coffee Company. Breakfast, which is served all day, includes dishes such as Turkish-style eggs, french toast, and pancake burritos?a large pancake that enfolds two scrambled eggs and Patchwork bacon, served with maple syrup. Black-bean quesadillas, burgers with local, organic beef, and housemade soups crown the lunch menu and pair with an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Cafe Berlin then reopens daily at 5 p.m. as a bar scene featuring craft beers and cocktails made using the same fresh ingredients they use to make brunch.
Plastic dinosaurs and Godzilla figures dot the sunny dining room, where they hang from the rafters, sit on the counter, and gnaw on table legs. Patrons can gaze at the eclectic decor while listening to live music or tales from the Porch Light storytelling series.
The Copper Kettle?s menu is a throwback to simpler times. Country-fried steak, fried chicken, and beef pot roast are just three of the kitchen?s dinner specialties. Each comes with macaroni and cheese or potatoes, plus a trip to the salad bar. If they still have room, diners can finish the meal with one of six homemade pies, in daily rotating flavors such as apple, lemon, and sugar-free banana cr?me. Breakfast?from biscuits and gravy to fluffy flapjacks?is served morning or night. The Copper Kettle also has a kid?s menu, featuring chicken strips and grilled cheese to keep tykes from stealing bites off their parent?s plates or chewing off their own arm.