Anodyne uses real dishes and compostable containers, and it only features coffee from top local roasters, including Peace Coffee, Great River Roasters, and MorningStar Coffee from Brazil and Mexico. The coffeehouse's breakfast menu features the specialty Anodyne oatmeal (organic oats cooked in apple cider with pears, wild rice, craisins, raisins, pecans, and brown sugar with half-and-half or soy milk, $4.85) and a variety of waffles, including banana-pecan ($6.25). The lunch and dinner menu includes everything from sandwiches to vegan selections. The grilled triple cheese is oozing with a trifecta of dairy bedded between two slices of multigrain and served with chips and a pickle ($5.50). To quash comfort food cravings, try the mac 'n' cheese, homemade with cheddar, swiss, and parmesan cheeses ($6.95), or vegan out with a vegan plate full of veggie chili, greens with balsamic, and grilled vegan cornbread ($6.75). Anodyne also serves Sebastian Joe's ice cream if your sweet teeth require sweet attention.
McCoy's extensive menu pairs updated comfort fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with more than 55 barley pops, including Fat Tire, Boulevard Wheat, and Belgian-style Ommegang Hennepin Saison on tap. Complement a flagon of Rogue Dead Guy Ale with a starter of three soft, Bavarian beer pretzels ($6.49) sprinkled with rock salt and served with a “blue ribbon” cheese dip, or snorkel through a plate of crispy lobster spring rolls ($10.59) with Thai peanut sauce and plum chili. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs, meanwhile, will take heart in McCoy’s large selection of supper-sized salads ($4.99+), while inventive brick-oven pizzas such as the roasted vegetable ratatouille pie ($10.99) reimagine the classic disced dinner in a more rustic light. Entrees at the eatery are as decadent and diverse as the UN General Assembly's annual rave, and include the excelsior grand ($12.99), a smoked chicken-, bacon-, and green pea-loaded mac 'n' cheese. Hearty handhelds such as the 12-hour Reuben ($10.29)—corned beef brisket-, Swiss cheese-, and sauerkraut-filled beauty toasted between slices of marble rye bread—vie for your attention with the bleu cheese-encrusted beef tenderloin filet ($19.99).
Cocina Latina has been featured in Mpls.St.Paul and Heavy Table for its authentic and affordable Ecuadorian dishes. Gently dip your taste buds' toes into the menu's waters with a trio of empanadas ($4.50) or maduro con queso, plantains so lovingly fried they make bananas yellow with jealousy ($3.99). Bandera combines rice, goat stew, beef-tripe stew, and shrimp ceviche into an adventurous appetite's dream come true ($11.99), and bandeja latina presents a mix of pork cracklings, fried egg, rice, beans, corn cakes, avocado, and sweet plantains so hearty it will stick to neighbors' ribs ($12.99). Despite the restaurant's mastery of meats, vegetarian options exist, such as plato vegetariano, a four-legged-friendly medley of rice, beans, red potato, avocado, plantain, and cassava root ($9.99). Finicky tykes unimpressed with cultural authenticity can nibble chicken fingers or mac 'n' cheese ($3.99 each).
Cafe Ena head chef Hector Ruiz combines the rich flavors of his Mexican childhood with French cooking techniques honed during an apprenticeship at a three-star restaurant in Paris. Organic poultry and locally sourced produce anchor both creative and traditional plates, which can be washed down with a house sangria that Mpls.St.Paul Magazine calls "fruity, but not overly sweet." Soft lighting glows warmly on exposed brick walls, and oversized windows are flanked by bold orange curtains that double as blankets during postprandial standing naps.
Since 1941, every morning at breakfast time a flock of patrons descends on cottage-like Our Kitchen. Once seated, diners are rewarded with stacks of pancakes and cheesy omelets served with crispy hash browns. The establishment keeps feeding crowds throughout the day with burgers, sandwiches, and Nathan's Famous hot dogs?best known for their use during the annual July 4 hot-dog beauty pageant.
C&G’s Smoking Barbecue's owner and head chef Greg Alford has spent 40 years perfecting smoked barbecue ribs, tender beef-brisket sandwiches, and crispy, in-season perch that Heavy Table writer Jason Walker called, "the best I've had in a while". Rather than adhering to contemporary trends, the restaurateur dazzles Minnesota mouths with his unique blend of traditional cooking techniques borrowed from both Louisiana, where his family hails from, and Detroit, where he was raised. His ribs––which attracted Minnesota Monthly's July 2010 feature on the best barbecue spots in Minneapolis––are the joint's most popular item and arrive with an even tenderness that is the result of a three-hour smoking and heat-distributing process. Barbecue sauce is served on the side, according to the preference of both Greg and his regular customers, who believe that the best meat should be seasoned and balanced enough to perform alone or with the subtle accompaniment of doo-wop-singing french fries.