French Meadow Bakery and Cafe

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1662 Grand Ave, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, 55105

Serves meat, vegan options available. European-style table-service cafe and bakery, extended 2014 to include a private dining room and bar. Certified organic. Has vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free sandwiches and main entrees, vegan soups and dessert. Produce is local, bread is yeast-free. Wi-fi. Open Mon-Thu 7:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:00am-10:00pm, Sun 7:00am-9:00pm. Happy hour weekdays 4-5:30 pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European, French, Non-veg

6 Reviews

First Review by EverydayTastiness

Excellent desserts!! - Edit

I had the rose cake - dairy and gf. Amazing! And decadent - will be going back there for years specifically for that cake. The rest of the food is also good, but I was blown away by the cake.

Pros: Lots of options - vegan, gf, and vegetarian, Not too expensive

Cons: Not a lot of parking

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GREAT veg/vegan friendly spot - Edit

By choice and chance, I ate dinner here all 3 nights of my recent trip to Saint Paul. The first night I had planned it; the secound night, we returned because it was so darned good; the third, our other reservation didn't work out, so we came back and were happy yet again.

The menu is good for omnivores as well as vegetarian and vegans. The food is creative and tasty. The wine and beer lists are extensive. For the dessert minded, there is a display case of desserts, muffins and savory baked goods at the entrance.

To add to the charm, there is a lovely back garden, as well as sidewalk tables out front. What's not to like?

Pros: Excellent food, Good for all: veg/vegan, gluten-free, omnivores, Outdoor dining

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good vegan-friendly option - Edit

French Meadow has several good vegan choices and I appreciate that vegan items are clearly marked on the menu. The tempeh chorizo tostada was good. Service was friendly.

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Vegan on the menu! - Edit

Delicious vegan food on the menu. I've had the classic vegan breakfast many times. They also have a bakery with a selection of vegan cakes and pastries, as well as dairy free options for their drinks. The staff have all been very friendly and familiar with veganism.

Pros: Friendly staff, Vegan marked on the menu, Good quality food

Cons: Few breakfast options

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Nice breakfast location - Edit

On a weekend brunch-time, it was quite crowded. We were able to walk right up to chairs at the bar to eat, so no waiting (otherwise 25min). Very high ceilings and crowded so quite loud, but still nice.

The "classic vegan breakfast" was a simple fare of hash browns (the shredded kind, nicely crisped), faux sausage patties (I am guessing Gimme Lean brand) and tofu scramble (a little too heavy on the turmeric, a tad dry and light on any veggies). Still, we were happy to be eating breakfast out and not have to worry about vegan choices.

The rest of the menu looked like there were some creative options for a "next" visit-- vegan and/or easy to convert to such. We didn't look too hard at the bakery selection to see what vegan options were there. Next time.

The bartender/waiter was very attentive and friendly. Décor was rustic wood, brick and nicely done.
Updated from previous review on Saturday February 21, 2015

Pros: Easy vegan choices, tho limited, Friendly staff

Cons: Crowded/noisy, Tofu scramble needed a little work

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Tastiness In St Paul - Edit

French meadow in minneapolis is one of my favorite restaurants and now they are in saint paul. They largely have the same great menu of vegan and non-vegan options all clearly labeled in addition to a smaller selection of the vegan baked goods. Some of my favorite dishes are the spa salad, healing plate, tempeh tacos, and classic vegan breakfast.

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