After a girls night out in Downtown Minneapolis, brunch was an essential. Carly suggested French Meadow Bakery and we were all about it.
*Not pictured: Nellie. Sorry, Nell!
I was in dire need of some caffeine and I never turn down a coffee with whipped cream, which lead me to ordering the Turtle Mocha. I was happy to see it was actually pretty reasonably priced in comparison to something similar at Caribou or Starbucks.
Caramel, whipped cream, and coffee. I doubt there’s a way for someone to actually mess that up, but regardless, it was delicious.
The great thing about French Meadow Bakery & Cafe is that they do have an extensive selection of gluten-free and even vegan options. Brooke, is celiac, so she was excited for some variety and as I’ve said I said, I’m mostly gluten-free by choice, so I haven’t had a pancake in quite some time.
The Blueberry corn pancake that I ordered was huge and I’m glad I only ordered one, because I wasn’t even able to eat all of it. Being a corn and vegan pancake (butter/milkless) it was a little dryer than a normal pancake, but the bites that contained all of the elements; blueberries, sugar, and syrup were delicious. Unfortunately, the blueberries were amassed in one central location, which made those bites minimal. I would definitely order it again.
We got there at a good time so it wasn’t completely packed and we didn’t have to wait in line to order too long. The cashier and coffee baristas were all very efficient and friendly.
If you’re on a group order you put all your orders together and then you can pay separately. The cashier was really good at remembering who ordered what. Instead of numbers they give you pop culture referenced signs and we were super impressed when we realized that the food runners need to not only remember what sign they’re looking for, but they have to know what every sign IS. There were some obvious ones like Waldo, Marilyn, and Prince, but there were also some obscure art ones we weren’t sure about.
The front is all first come, first serve seating, which is great, but it also means you need to be watching like a hawk for an open table. It’s very open and sunny and the tables are far enough apart that you can actually move through without fear of knocking people’s food over while wearing your coat.
I’m excited to go back to try out their dinner menu!
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue 55408
Sunday – Thursday: 6:30AM – 10PM
Friday – Saturday: 6:30AM – 11PM