3 visits to French Meadow Bakery in Minneapolis
Hi all! Hope you’ve had a good week, and are gearing up for a great weekend. It sounds like quite a few of you have already made my sunny raw cashew-apricot energy cookies—that makes me so happy! Keep the comments coming on those. And if you missed my last post about Gateway Market in Des Moines and Ecopolitan in Minneapolis, do check it out! I can’t believe no one’s commented yet about the Stephen Hawking photo. Where’re my fellow nerds at?!
Now, on to more travel eats!
Rewind to 4th of July weekend, 2011…
During our long weekend in Minneapolis, Matt and I found ourselves at French Meadow Bakery & Café no less than three times. The first bakery in the country to be certified organic, French Meadow also proudly declares that they “cater to our customers’ special dietary needs, allergies, and concerns for healthy foods.” In other words, they have lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Bravo!
We stopped in for dinner the first night we arrived in MN. Matt ordered the Black Barley Risotto: roasted winter vegetables with dried sour cherries, pistachio butter, and spinach, tossed with heirloom black barley. I thought this was a really unique and visually arresting dish, and Matt said it was tasty.
Though I’m normally not a sandwich person, for whatever reason, I went straight for the Thai Tempeh Sandwich: Thai-spiced tempeh cakes, red bell pepper, green onions, fresh cilantro, and ginger-peanut sauce on organic Healthy Hemp bread, plus seasoned roasted potato wedges on the side.
Though the potatoes were kind of “eh,” the sandwich was awesome, especially that peanut sauce!
We were too full for dessert that night, but we made up for it by coming back two nights later just for French Meadow’s vegan desserts.
We shared the Seasonal Fruit Crisp, which came with apples that day. The shortbread-like topping tasted incredibly rich and buttery—delish!
We also shared the Decadent Turtle Cake. Oh, snap.
Layers of ultra-moist chocolate cake hugged fragrant toasted pecans and ooey-gooey caramel sauce. This is the kind of cake that could instantly convince a non-vegan that vegan food is AMAZING.
We returned to French Meadow for a third and final time before we left town that Monday. We couldn’t resist the allure of their breakfast menu! Matt ate this vegan Breakfast Burrito: a flour tortilla stuffed with tofu scramble, black bean chili, scallions, and golden hashbrowns, served with house made salsa and sourdough toast.
He devoured it, and loved every bite.
I selected the Classic Vegan Breakfast: organic tofu scramble with vegan sausage, golden hashbrowns, and organic Healthy Hemp toast. Talk about hearty! All the elements of this meal were yumtastic.
The fact that we ate three meals at French Meadow Bakery & Café in a span of five days should tell you how much we loved the place. Here I am during our last visit to French Meadow, contemplating its awesomeness and already scheming how to get back.
One more Minneapolis post is coming up!