Coffee & Treats in Mendota Heights

$12 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at TrüBerry Frozen Yogurt ($24 Total Value)

TrüBerry Frozen Yogurt

Summit Hill

Fresh fruit and crumbly cookies decorate blood orange, dark chocolate, and other flavors of low-calorie yogurt; coffee drinks and tea

$8 $4

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$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Teas, Smoothies, and Snacks at Quench ($32 Value)

Quench

Maplewood

Smoothies and bubble teas poured over flavored boba pair with shaved ice cream and waffles with fruit toppings

$8 $4

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and More at Edina Creamery

Edina Creamery

Minneapolis

Waffle cones, milk shakes, and sundaes made with more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream such as espresso love; Vietnamese sandwiches

$10 $5

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$12.50 for Two Dozen Donuts at Café Donuts ($20 Value)

Cafe Donuts

Multiple Locations

Chefs cook up 40 flavors of donuts, filling their shop’s display cases with varieties such as glazed, boston cream, red velvet, and coconut

$20 $12.50

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$10 for $20 Worth of Café Beverages and Snacks at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

$20 $10

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$6 for $10 Worth of Food — 612 Cafe

612 Cafe

Minneapolis

Delicious fresh sandwiches with fresh baked buns. Soups, salads, burgers, and tacos.

$10 $6

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Breads, Pastries, and Organic Juices at Solomon's Bakery (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Solomon's Bakery

Minneapolis

European–style croissants, sweet-potato tarts, dinner rolls, and made-to-order organic juices

$30 $15

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$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Drinks at Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies ($32 Value)

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies

Burnsville

All-natural smoothies and coffee drinks made from beans straight from Kona

$8 $4

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Comfort Food at 7th Avenue Eatery ($24 Value)

7th Avenue Eatery

North Saint Paul

Breakfast and brunch served in a cozy cafe that inhabits a former home

$6 $3

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$11 for $20 Worth of Candy, Confections, and Chocolate at Sweet Chocolat in Arden Hills

Sweet Chocolat

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Sea-salt caramels dipped in chocolate, handmade chocolate, and singing chocolatiers

$20 $11

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Ice Cream for Two or Four at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 50% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery

Multiple Locations

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$16.92 $9.22

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fro-Yo at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Blaine

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 65 years later, his humble shop has grown into six locations where 30 or so family members tinker over cakes, pastries, and pies. Wedding and other occasion cakes are one of their specialties; flavors such as chocolate mousse and Lady Baltimore can be coated with marzipan, buttercream frosting, or fondant in an impressive array of custom designs. Of course, they still bake breads: an international selection of loaves includes baguettes, challah, Swedish lympa, Irish soda bread, and buns shaped into busts of United Nations delegates.

1080 Grand Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Keys Cafe at the Foshay Tower has a four-star average from Yelpers and is liked by 93% of Urbanspooners:

767 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Helmed by married couple Tomas and Maria Silva, the vibrantly embellished restaurant (formerly an 800-square-foot storefront) offers an energetic dinner menu dominated by straight-outta-Tenochtitlan tamales, tacos, nachos, and gorditas. An order of stone-ground corn chips and salsa ($2.50) kicks off Cinco de Mayo's 24-hour fiesta with a little edible confetti. You can also indulge your inner wizard with an order of queso fundido molcajete ($7.69), a bubbling stone cauldron filled with asadero cheese to drizzle atop your tacos (add chunks of chorizo, chipotle, habanero, or ham to the mix for $0.35 each). And if the burrito original (filled with your guisado choice or carne asada, beans, rice, lettuce, and cheese, $7.50) isn't big enough, the burro gigante ($13.99)—a two-foot behemoth stuffed with beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, two meat choices, and (it's rumored) a burro—will give you the mind-bending thrill of eating something larger than your own head. Vegetarians can abide by their uneasy peace treaty with chickens by dining on roasted chile poblanos stuffed with cilantro rice and white cheese ($8.79) or vegetable fajitas ($9.25) filled with cactus, onions, bell peppers, and zucchini. By this point, your piñata might be dangerously close to popping, in which case a spoonful of flan ($3.99) or refreshing gelatina ($2.99) make for safe dessert options. But if you don't want to disappoint the blindfolded birthday boys gathering around your bulging stomach with bats, go with the heavenly tres leches cake ($4.25).

175 Cesar Chavez St
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Scooping out more than 200 varieties of ice cream, The Grand Ole Creamery is prepared to satisfy a plethora of palates. The line to the popular establishment has been known to reach the street during busy hours, but customers may spend the short wait ruminating over which of the rotating cast of 31 icy treats to consume. Each patient and self-reflective patron will be rewarded with a tasty pint (a $6 value) picked from flavors such as the pleasantly cordial sweet cream, a tastefully extroverted birthday cake, or the mysterious and brooding black walnut. Grown-up diners are allowed to save supper for last with any large artisan meal-discs from the pizzeria's menu. Options include a cheese pizza with fresh homemade mozzarella (a $14 value) and up to four toppings ($1 each) can be added; the Three Little Pigs, which is peppered with sausage, pepperoni, and canadian bacon (a $17 value); or a Veggie with white sauce, topped with zucchini, eggplant, shallots, and other ground-grown treats (a $16 value). In addition to receiving gastronomic satisfaction, customers will have their nostrils serenaded by the sweet olfactory tunes of the Creamery's home-baked waffle cones, hand-rolled in the store with a chocolate malt ball buried at the bottom. Pizza is available from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. through 10 p.m. on weekends.

750 Grand Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

1577 Grand Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

While living in China, Master Chef Yang learned how to saut?, season, and stir-fry every dish at Cafe 99. His menu honors Chinese culinary traditions, with entrees paying homage to regional cuisines Yang sampled while traveling through the country. After each trip, he hand-picked region-specific foods to comprises dishes such as whole halibut stewed in wild chili sauce, mandarin beef with golden garlic, sizzling steak in black pepper sauce, giant walnut shrimp, and a chrysanthemum sole fillet in tomato sauce, a 2012 Taste of Chanhassen Grand Prize winner. In addition to popular items such as sweet-and-sour chicken and vegetable lo mein, he also uses his culinary talents to showcase some of China's more exotic ingredients and flavor combinations, such as wild sea cucumber or beef tendon in chili sauce.

No matter what you order, the eatery's no-frills decor allows these colorful dishes to be the stars of every visit. Those eager to sample more exotic flavor combinations can visit Tian Jin, Cafe 99's sister restaurant, which was also featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

1552 Como Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US