Warm welcoming jazz vibes fill this cafe that’s been a part of the community fabric for over twenty years. Serving coffee drinks named for iconic musicians and a menu filled with breakfast and lunch favorites, Golden Thyme is also a vital link to the historic Rondo neighborhood. Once the heart of a Black community, the Rondo neighborhood was ripped apart when Interstate 94 was constructed right through the middle of it. Now, as the area experiences a wave of gentrification, Golden Thyme remains an anchor to the neighborhood’s history while also making space for its present and future. Plus, the loaded hashbrowns are crispy decadence.
An old fashioned corner scoop shop, 2 Scoops stocks all the good flavors from classic chocolate to special mixes like banana cream pie, studded with Nilla wafers and a marshmallow ripple. In addition to the inner-kid pleasing scoops, there’s a whole savory menu of portable snacks like pizza and spicy hot links.
This wildly popular vegan eatery draws people from all over the Twin Cities for its clever takes on comfort food like a double-stacked burger special sauce and cauliflower Buffalo wings and more. J. Selby's also a kid’s menu and treats like shakes and soyclones (kinda like a blizzard without the pesky dairy.)
Hamburguesas El Gordo
Grab one of these mega burgers with both hands and don’t set it down until you’re ready to walk away. Stuffed inside two buns is a mountain of goodies including cheese, sauce, shaved thin onions, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, ham, bacon, and a beefy little patty. Even when not feasting on the eponymous burger at Hamburguesas El Gordo, the menu here is filled with hunger crushing options, like Mexican street-style hot dogs and an entire box filled with tacos. It’s no wonder this burgeoning local chain is continually growing.