Between the subway tile backsplash behind the counter, to the bins of bagels to choose from, Common Roots Cafe at Lyndale and 26th gives the slightest of old school NYC vibe, and this is reflected in how the place describes itself: A modern twist on a traditional delicatessen. Hand-crafted food made with the best local and organic ingredients available. Declaring themselves not only a delicatessen (comes from the French word délicatesse, meaning "delicious things to eat”) but also a nosherie (from Yiddish, a restaurant or delicatessen, especially for snacking), Common Roots Cafe kitchen and bakery uses local and organic ingredients, constantly rotating the menu to offer a variety of innovative yums.
Opened in 2007, the cafe has become an integral part of the Minneapolis locavore movement, categorizing each purchase from the day they opened their doors, offering a transparency you don’t see at every establishment. For instance, on the night I visited for a glass of wine with a friend, the week’s percentage of local and organic ingredients was an impressive 91%. On average, the cafe’s ingredients are 50.2% local (within 250 miles of the cafe), which varies depending on season—going up in the summer growing season. Throughout the year, thought, local meat, dairy, and flour is always on the menu.
If you go, time your visit right: Either for happy hour, 4:30 to 6pm daily, and get $2 off noshes, $3 off select beer, and $4 off select wine; alternatively, to enjoy a largely laptop-free experience, plan to go between 6 and 8pm, when the Wi-Fi is—GASP—turned off.
The HomesMSP Team — Sharlene, John, Angela