Starting in 1985 as the first certified organic bakery in the country, French Meadow is a source of excellent bread and nutritionally virtuous dishes from crunchy house-made granola to Mediterranean wraps to profoundly chocolaty vegan turtle cake.
Local, sustainable, organic, natural, low-impact biointensive urban farming: a gamut of culinary virtues sets the beat at this green diner, where a colony of bees lives on the roof and rainwater is caught and put to good use. Sumptuous eggs Benedict, lofty hamburgers, and vivid house-made soda pop are evidence that the strategy can succeed.
For German-American pastries and all-American pastries, as well as plate-size Texas donuts, Hans' is a happy place. The house specialty is a Beehive -- a tender cake filled with honey-sweetened Bavarian cream and topped with powdered sugar and slivered almonds. While much business is take-out, the dining room is bright and spacious, well-suited for coffee-klatch conversation.
Just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Johnson's feels like a friendly little small town cafe. The made-from-scratch menu includes excellent pancakes, crisp-crusted chicken-fried steak, and weekend-only corned beef hash.