Avenue Wine Café introduces guests to dozens of wines and more than 70 distinct beers designed to imbibe in-house or at home. Wines hail from diverse lands including Italy, Argentina, and Spain, and patchwork a robust menu fit for a variety of occasions. Toast to the splendor of Argentinian grapes with a glass of Trumpeter merlot ($8) or savor a sweet glass of Harlow Ridge chardonnay ($8). Patrons pining for a thick beer can grab a bottle of Left Hand Brewery's milk stout ($6) or sniff out the scent of gingersnaps and citrusy hops in a draft pint of Hennepin Belgian-style ale ($8).
The Bagel Factory's hand-rolled circlets serve as immaculate foundations for hearty constructions of Boar's Head meats, fresh veggies, and a variety of cream cheeses. Kettle-cooked showstoppers populate the bagelry’s Herculean menu, with a menagerie of exotic bread breeds, including cinnamon raisin, egg, pumpernickel, everything, and infinite nothingness ($0.85/bagel). The selection of specialty sandwiches, available on a bagel, roll, or panini, includes South of the Border, a mariachi mosh pit of pepper turkey, pepper jack cheese, and veggies ($6.99). Or opt for grilled sandwiches available on a bagel or roll, such as the buffalo chicken's miraculous union of spicy dressing, blue cheese, and fiery poultry ($7.99).
Bageltown Cafe, opened in February 2013, serves up coffee, tea, and classic deli cuisine. Patrons can order bagels smeared with scallion- or strawberry-infused cream cheeses, or opt for bialys and made-from-scratch baked sweets that are baked fresh each day. Cooks also grill panini sandwiches, prepare whitefish and lox salads, and sell Boar's Head meats and cheeses by the pound.
Teapot takes its inspiration from the Victorian tearooms of old, where tea was equal parts an excuse to nosh mouthwatering sweets and a social engagement that eventually led to common-law marriages. Get into English character with a scone with butter or preserves ($4.50) to complement a hot, steaming pot of Earl Grey or Darjeeling ($6.95). Teapot's steepable leaf selection has more than 30 varieties of white, black, oolong, rooibos, herbal, and green goodness. While a bountiful brew dances upon your tongue, nibble bites of a specialty sandwich such as the Elizabeth, a cucumber and herb-cream sandwich on a toasted baguette, or the William—white cheddar, green apple, and herb mayonnaise on a croissant ($7.95 each). Pastries and salads are also on the menu.
Johnny B’s Coffee Shop serves up classic American eats in a classy '50s-style diner, layering modern sleekness over doo-wop ambience for locals looking for homemade goodness away from home. Breakfast is served all day, so get an early start to an afternoon by chowing down on made-to-order pancakes with peanut-butter chips ($6.99) and chasing them with freshly ground coffee ($1.25). Or grab a take-out-only commuter special to arrive at work fortified with two eggs, cheese, and bacon, ham, or sausage on a roll ($3.99). Lunchtime brings customers together on old-fashioned red barstools to unfold vengeance plots over a monte cristo sandwich, which encases ham or turkey and melted swiss cheese between twin french-toast slices ($8.95). Soups satisfy stomachs in different ways every day, and a rotating menu of daily specials means patrons are often graced with guest appearances by celebrity edibles ($3.95). If all the nostalgia floating around causes your throat to choke up mid-swallow, loosen it with slurpable desserts such as a soda float ($3.50) or an old-fashioned egg cream ($3.50).
Each morning, the bakers at Gourmet Bake Shop fill pan after pan with large batches of dough, kicking off the process of baking fresh, piping-hot breads, pastries, and cakes. After cooling, cake rounds are stacked with layers of fruit fillings, topped with buttercream frosting, and sometimes carved into a custom shape such as a champagne bottle, heart, or Dora the Explorer. The shop also whips up Italian and French pastries and seven-layer cakes, which dazzle palates and geologists with a variety of cakes and fillings in each bite.