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Common Roots Cafe

Common Roots Cafe

Café and Coffee Shop$$$$
Lowry Hill East, Minneapolis
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    The experts at Heavy Table and City Pages recommend this place
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    • City Pages
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    Jackie P.
    "The Wild Rice Burger is the bees knees."(3 Tips)
    City Pages
    "City Pages in 2010 as having the Best Bagel in the Best of the Twin"(13 Tips)
    Camtron N.
    "... for September! Also, Peace Coffee's Common Roots blend is my favorite cup of..."(2 Tips)
    Alex A.
    "Get the Caramel Sea Salt latte!"(2 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • bagels
  • breakfast food
  • happy hour
  • casual
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  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    A cute spot with community in mind, this place serves up pints of Surly Furious and Bender, as well as other organic and/or local beers-or order some fair trade wine, if that's the way you roll. Read more
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    Florence WongJanuary 18, 2017
    Great place for working and chatting! Has fresh & healthy nibs, as well as refillable coffee. Vegan sweet potato hash: flavorful, light and refreshing.
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    XAugust 19, 2012
    All beers on tap are local so you can't go wrong. Ask for a taste if you're unsure, as the friendly staff will give you some to try. Sadly, Wi-Fi gets shut off from 6-8pm. Wifi password: RiverbendFarm
  • Kristofer L.
    Kristofer LayonApril 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There’s so much I love about this place. Some of the best food in the Mpls! Unfortunately free wifi doesn’t mean free Internet; I can always join their network, but then rarely get through to the Web.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 4, 2013
    Voted top interpretation of the chocolate chip cookie. The sea salt chocolate chip cookie is the perfect size, and always the right mix of crunchy-crispy outer edges and gooey-soft, chewy middle.
  • City Pages
    City PagesJanuary 4, 2013
    One of the best post-holiday eats! Their motto is "don't compromise your values, or your tastebuds", which they definitely live up to and that's enough for them to make this list.
  • Cassie U.heart icon on user image
    Cassie UttNovember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the breakfast bagel with turkey sausage. Good wifi, but maybe not the best place to sit and work for hours.
  • Florence W.heart icon on user image
    Florence WongJuly 9, 2016
    I really like the atmosphere! Good for working. I got the tofu scramble, which was good, but the portion could have been larger / more filling.
  • Will M.
    Will M.October 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Pumpkin soup? How does this soup hold its shape in the bowl and still feel so silky smooth on my tongue? Another reason to stop at CR and why Fall is my favorite season.
  • Ricky D.heart icon on user image
    Ricky DeMelloAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If visiting for breakfast (or want a snack), try the bagel of egg and cheese with bison meat. C'est delizioso!
  • Shanita J.
    Shanita JohnMarch 23, 2012
    The Stuffed Chicken is by far the best thing I've had here which says a lot because it's all very good. But really--stuffed chicken--get it.
  • Brad S.heart icon on user image
    Brad StrawApril 12, 2018
    One of my favorite breakfast places in the world. I travel over 2000 miles for the Shakshura.
  • Justin
    JustinSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I guess they treat smoked salmon as sashimi grade fish imported from Another planet .... At $6.50 for a see through lox & bagel , for a merely hint of samon taste, it's a complete rip-off.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HankeJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy-hour appetizers are $5 and change monthly. For July: Go with the goat cheese. Here's how good it is: I just dropped a piece on the floor, and I'm tempted to pick it up and eat it anyway.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 22, 2011
    Voted by City Pages in 2010 as having the Best Bagel in the Best of the Twin Cities Issue. We’re partial tothe nutty crunch of the sesame, but all aretasty.
  • Abby A.heart icon on user image
    Abby Anderson JonesSeptember 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Super chill place for lunch or coffee! They even have a back room for larger groups.
  • Vee B.
    Vee BeeAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always dog friendly on the deck and side patio. Deck is raised away from the street, perfect for dogs to view Lyndale safely.
  • Zachary J.
    Zachary JohnsonJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    These arepas are the divine creation of Hestia, sister of Zeus. But who knows how they'll be come February. You better try them now.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SwansonFebruary 17, 2013
    If you can snag a pair of your grandpa's bifocals from 1983 to wear on your visit, you'll fit in much better. Good bagels.
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea SieveFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the onion bagel with sundried tomato and olive hummus....or garlic-dill-chive cream cheese with a slice of tomato and a little black pepper. To DIE for.
  • Lee Z.
    Lee ZukorNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    did you know that happy hour starts at 3 & features totally unique local brews? try brau bros or surly specials if they have them. fresh and wet hops. CRC is also part of the Local Food Lover program. Read more
  • Eman A.
    Eman A.April 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    French toast is not toast, but a very nice lemon poppy seed pound cake! A must try!!
  • Will M.
    Will M.May 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Take a Leek! Baked with mushroom ragu, served with roasted onions, chevre & garnished with a chive blossom. OMG!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DanielsonSeptember 14, 2014
    The coffee is great,and they have a wonderfully smooth cold press.
  • Alex A.
    Alex AyoubOctober 11, 2011
    Get the Caramel Sea Salt latte! Superb flavor, enjoy with a fresh, in-house bagel with a variety of spreads!
  • Camtron N.
    Camtron NinethousandSeptember 10, 2010
    Breakfast Nachos have returned to the menu for September! Also, Peace Coffee's Common Roots blend is my favorite cup of coffee in the cities -- delicious!
  • Rebecca C.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca CartierMay 31, 2017
    Had a great brunch here, the lamb bacon was amazing!
  • Stevie C.
    Stevie C.July 20, 2013
    Sit outside on the back porch & watch the traffic on Lyndale while you enjoy a yummy wrap!
  • Anne B.heart icon on user image
    Anne B.January 16, 2015
    Really cool space. Great staff, very accommodating of groups!
  • Phil K.heart icon on user image
    Phil KelleyJanuary 4, 2015
    Decent espresso, great bagels, supports local Minnesota businesses. Seasonal menu often exceptional!
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KupschApril 12, 2013
    Their sea salt caramel latte is my absolute favorite.
  • Arielle L.
    Arielle LenoxMay 23, 2018
    Awesome organic food from local vendors - Fantastic!
  • s a b a
    s a b aAugust 1, 2011
    I had a lox bagel a few years ago that was the best I've ever had. And I live in NYC.
  • Rachel G.heart icon on user image
    Rachel GraceFebruary 22, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't stop getting the Iced Caramel Sea Salt Latte!
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    AntoineNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice cafe with an emphasis on local foods. Usually haven a few vegan or vegetarian options.
  • Stephanie G.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie GilquistApril 11, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The Spicy Honey Latte is amazing!
  • Courtney T.
    Courtney ThomasApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty much everything is amazing and the menu changes often. Bonus: there always seem to be super cute boys hanging out.
  • Lee Z.
    Lee ZukorFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    burgers, bagels, and local brews are terrific here (awesome happy hour specials), but the entrees are a well-kept secret. Local Food Lovers can buy one and get one free. Read more
  • Ricky D.heart icon on user image
    Ricky DeMelloOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tea, food, beer, customers, and most wonderful are the servers.
  • Anne 🎏 D.
    Anne 🎏 DMarch 10, 2013
    Delicious Chilequiles! I like my eggs scrambled. Yummmm!
  • Aruna R.
    Aruna RApril 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Wild Rice Burger. It's not always on the menu but when it is - it will blow your mind.
  • Emily F.
    Emily FinleySeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The salted caramel iced latte is unbeatable, and the soft pretzels should not be missed. Yum!
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AblerJune 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a moment to appreciate all the amazing people who work at and patronize this place. It's a big pile of goodness.
  • ak310i
    ak310iJuly 21, 2013
    As close to an NYC bagel as possible this side of the Mississippi rvr.
  • Jackie P.
    Jackie PoliNovember 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Believe what you've heard... The Wild Rice Burger is the bees knees.
  • Janelle N.heart icon on user image
    Janelle NivensMay 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rotating beers and menu make Common Roots a great place to visit regularly! (via Scoville) Read more
  • Rhea O.heart icon on user image
    Rhea O'ConnorJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best iced chai in town. Sweet and spicy.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WelchJuly 23, 2013
    The fish or tofu tacos are great here!
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie W.December 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You need to try the breakfast enchiladas. They will change your life.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BarclayNovember 3, 2012
    Try the veggie burger -- arguably the best in town.
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