I know that I have already talked about 3 Tiers Bakery & Bistro, but it’s so good I can’t stop gushing. Located in a bustling corner of South Minneapolis, you feel like you’re having a leisurely dinner in a European cafe. (Or, what I imagine it must be like to have a leisurely dinner in a European cafe.)
These vegetarian spring rolls just might be the best in the city. Light and fresh, I think about them all the time:
The Best-Good Friend had the special, Salmon Gravlax on Mung Bean Pancakes served on Bibb Lettuce. She loved the combination of flavors and textures:
They have my favorite sandwich on their menu, The Falafel Burger. So good, my stomach is growling just thinking about it. It comes topped with pickled cabbage and onions, roasted peppers, cucumber, and sriracha mayo (substitute miso mayo to make it vegan):
3 Tiers started out as a bakery, so you have it have dessert. The Best-Good Friend loved her Elvis cupcake, banana with peanut butter frosting, topped with crispy bacon. My bar was yummy too, but I wished Elvis was a vegetarian so I could have eaten a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting. 🙂
When I looked at the Tiny Diner menu and saw this, I knew it was the place for me:
Not only was Rocky on the menu, but their entire concept was right up my alley. The Tiny Diner is working a plot on Minnesota’s first organic farm (Garden Farme) and their very own urban Tiny Diner Farm just a short distance away. In addition to that, they are creating an urban garden in South Minneapolis right next to the restaurant. Not only will they use their crops in the restaurant, but there will be educational programs for the neighborhood. They have crafted a patio roof/solar array, its solar panels flow into gutter that feed into a rain chain, through a creek bed and then waters the vegetable garden. In addition to that, there is a cistern that will capture water from the rooftop, and systems to distribute it through their mini-orchard. To learn more about their plans and partnerships, read about The Tiny Diner and Farm: A Small Place with Big Ideas.
Every month their menu pays tribute to diner towns across the country, this month it was Philadelphia – home to my favorite Underdog, Rocky Balboa. The Husband went with the theme and tried their Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich:
He paired that with a side of onion rings:
I’ve been on a quinoa kick again, so I went with the Macro Bowl and I’m glad I did, it was beyond yummy.
We made sure there was room for dessert:
This restaurant is a new favorite of ours and we’re already talking about going back for breakfast. I hope we do it when the Whoopie Pie is still on the menu.