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3 Tiers is Top Tier

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:
spring rolls

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):falafel burger

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. 🙂

UPDATE: It was just announced that 3 Tiers has closed its doors.

Tiny Diner, Big Flavor

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:

Philly Cheese Steak
The Husband’s Philly Cheesesteak: Shaved steak, red onion, Shisito peppers, Real Wiz

He paired that with a side of onion rings:

Onion Rings
Double-Dipped Onion Rings with BBQ sauce

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.

Macro Bowl
My Macro Bowl: Seared tofu, quinoa, veggies and seaweed (vegetarian)

We made sure there was room for dessert:

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

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.

Just a Taste

Life is about the little things, like enjoying a spontaneous lunch with a girlfriend on a workday. That’s how I ended up at The Buttered Tin in downtown St. Paul.

Located in Lowertown, I was enchanted by the cafe and bakery. My only regret was that I only ate one thing:

roasted beet salad
Roasted Beet Salad Baby Arugula, shallots, basil, orange supremes, avocado, raspberries, feta cheese & toasted almonds with a curry vinaigrette (vegetarian)

It was delicious. I think there will be more spontaneous lunches in my future, hopefully with cupcakes….