The 'D' in Dande stands for David; the 'E' stands for Edie, and together, the people behind those names teamed up to establish a café that strives to be as dandy as its eponym implies. Inside the cozy, brightly lit eatery, David, Edie, and their staff oversee a menu composed with wellness in mind. That menu, much like Bigfoot's mailing address, changes daily, offering everything from snacks to full meals, and many items boast vegan, gluten-free, and low-glycemic origins. Connecting dance and art studios also infuse creative energies into the café, including views of dance students as they spin through their sessions.
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.
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.
Not many restaurants arm their patrons with the apparel to play dress-up. But at Aggie’s Closet and Tea Room, youngsters and their adult charges can head up to the closet, where they rifle through dresses, feather boas, and flower-adorned hats to don while sipping tea, munching on cucumber sandwiches, and scoffing at flying machines like real Victorians. Downstairs, in the Victorian-inspired dining room, guests savor herbal tea from fine china and nosh on handmade, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and wraps. During the warmer months, the tearoom opens up its wine and beer garden, where live music on the weekends serenades guests.
Homemade cakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls emerge from ovens at Mary’s Morsels, tag-teaming taste buds with a menu of breakfast and lunch fare in an intimate bakery and café. Mollify petulant sweet teeth with slices of old-fashion cheesecake ($3.99/small, $6.99/large) and giant cinnamon rolls ($2.49), which diners can affix to ears as an edible ode to Princess Leia. Fifteen cookie varieties ($3.99/dozen) provide an appetizing epilogue to an ample spread of lunch fare, including classic sandwiches, honey cornbread, and, on Thursday, home-style chicken and dumplings ($4.29/small, $5.29/large). Gobs of rich gravy ooze over fresh-baked biscuits ($3.99/small, $4.99/large), appeasing early-morning appetites alongside open-face croissants crowned with fluffy scrambled eggs ($6.99).
The day’s biggest sports games unfold on the two 100-inch big-screen HDTVs and several more HDTVS at Redbirds Sports Cafe. Clients play their own games in the bar, sinking pool balls into the pockets of four pool tables, hitting bull’s-eyes on three dartboards, and scoring goals in air hockey. To complement the sporty atmosphere, cooks specialize in hearty game day favorites such as chicken wings served in 1.25-pound batches and party platters full of appetizers like cheddar poppers and mini burritos. An arcade harboring a Nintendo Wii and PS3 amuses guests while a jukebox projects various rock and dances jams throughout the festive game space.