The menu at Café Cravings, sister restaurant to Cravings Wine Bar & Grille, is in essence an encyclopedia of classic American cuisine. There are the sandwiches, which run the gamut from crisp BLTs and triple-decker clubs to the sizzling, strawberry-kissed Monte Cristo. There are the soups, which fill sourdough bread bowls, and the rotating selection of quiches. But most impressive has to be the breakfast. The 25-strong selection is served all day, ensuring that even those who wake up late or have their watch on backward get a bite of fluffy, ham-stuffed Denver omelets and apple-walnut pancakes topped with maple butter.
The eight-page dessert menu is no slouch either. Those who call ahead get their pick of whole cakes, tarts, cobblers, pies, cheesecakes, and other sugar-laden delicacies, which they can pick up inside or at the convenient drive-through window.
The baristas at J. Arthur's Coffee strive to cultivate appreciation for artisanal coffee by focusing on unblended coffee with unique characteristics. The shop trades directly with farmers that use sustainable methods, developing relationships with individual coffee-bean producers who are dedicated to distributing high-quality beans that taste magical but don’t sprout into beanstalks. J. Arthur’s blends espresso drinks with whole and 1% milk from Autumnwood Farms, a local family-owned operation that only raises grass-fed cattle. As patrons sip lattes and scarf down house-made sandwiches, live musicians fill the air with soothing tunes.
Since opening the doors of St. Paul Bagelry & Deli in 2007, sisters and co-owners Dodie Green and Peggy Teed have aspired to improve the lives of their customers with New York–style bagels, frothy smoothies, and freshly roasted coffee. Staffers also dole out stacked sandwiches during breakfast and lunch with piping hot cups of coffee and foamy lattes. For morning meetings and group get-togethers, catering trays can be delivered to your door piled high with scones, bagels, and an audio tape of a rooster crowing.
More than 30 years ago, owner Soile Anderson carried a suitcase full of delicious heritage from Finland all the way to the Twin City area. Soile's menu is full of Finnish-inspired fare replete with American twists. Savor the comfort of a loaded baked-potato pizza, which features fresh onions, cheddar cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon resting on a buttery garlic-mashed-potato foundation set deep into an earthen crust and served with a side of sour cream ($9.95). Beef tenderloin, carrots, rutabaga, and onion can be relieved of their cramped quarters by biting into a Finnish-beef pasty, served with cucumber dill sauce ($9.95). Evening diners can potably punch-up their meals with a variety of wine and Teutonic beers, and the early-rising avian can start the day the Nordic way via a traditional Finnish breakfast of smoked salmon lox, pickled herring, salami, egg, and rye crisp ($8.95).