French Meadow News

March 28, 2020

Special "stay at home" edition of our popular holiday gift card promo: For each $100 in gift cards purchased, get a bonus $20 gift card!

March 17, 2020

LAST UPDATE 3/20/20, 11 pm

The last few days have seen upheaval in our industry. In accordance with the Minnesota state of emergency, we must close our doors to our dine-in guests for the time being. But here's the good news: We still have you covered for takeout and delivery while you weather this crisis! 

French Meadow maintains our 35-year commitment to nourishment and good food, and will continue to offer on-site takeout and delivery at both locations as follows: 

Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis:  Takeout with curbside pickup 7 am - 9 pm Sunday - Thursday and 8 am - 11 pm Friday - Saturday, plus delivery through BiteSquad and GrubHub, and in the coming days we’ll let you know how you can get our food through Toast Delivery, as well as ready-made rotisserie chicken meals for four delivered straight to your door.

Grand Avenue, St. Paul:  Takeout with curbside pickup Wednesday - Sunday 9 am - 9 pm, plus delivery through BiteSquad. 

We’re also running a special edition of our ...

March 16, 2020

We consider our customers part of the French Meadow family, and it is our greatest privilege to nourish and serve you. 

At this time, we are maintaining our normal business hours. As we all face the realities and unknowns of the COVID-19 virus, we want you to know steps we are taking to protect our valued guests and staff:

We’ve doubled-down on our already-stringent sanitation and constant hand-washing protocols.  We are constantly monitoring and following the best-practice guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the WHO.  

We’re mandating that any of our employees, all of whom have paid sick and safe time, who feel sick or been exposed to an infected individual stay home.  

We are eliminating items that are communally handled by guests, including self-service menus, condiments on tables, and more.  

Menus and table signs are being sanitized after each use with an approved antimicrobial solution infused with essential oils.

In addition to...

January 28, 2020

 On Saturday, February, 8, French Meadow & our dive-bar sister, CC Club Minneapolis, will be participating in the inaugural LYN-LAKE HIBERNATION CELEBRATION, a neighborhood-crawl for seasonal warmup fun!

Gather at a cozy firepit on our patio for a spiked Mexican hot chocolate & hot cookie special for $5. Our thinner-skinned friends can retreat to our adjacent Nord Tasting Room -- which will be rolled open for the day --  for an indoor hibernation hang. 

Next door, the CC Club will offer High Noon Hard Seltzer –– in watermelon, black cherry, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors, made with real vodka and real juice –– with a shot of Stoli or Stoli Orange on the side for $8 all day (until 6 pm). As always, the patio will be open. Get an early start on your Hibernation Celebration bar crawl!

For a full rundown of the day's events and specials, visit

November 13, 2019

We love a reason for a party, and are pulling out the stops to celebrate one of our proudest accomplishments of the past year: The anniversary of our gorgeous event space, the Nord Social Hall. 

Tickets are now available for the party on Thursday, December 12, 2019.  $45 includes dinner, drink,* dessert, and a live show with our favorite jazz chanteuse, the fabulous Connie Evingson

Menu coming soon - but be assured we have vegan, omnivore, gluten-free options, because, well, we're French Meadow and that's how we roll. 

*We'll have a full cash bar for additional cocktails, wine, mocktails, kombucha, and more! Don't worry, we wouldn't cut you off at one drink! 

November 11, 2019

You asked, we listened!  Even though we do have two outdoor customer lots an either side of our Lyndale Avenue flagship location, we know parking can be a challenge during peak hours.  So we've added blocks of FREE indoor parking spaces just for French Meadow customers at the REX26 building garage across the street.  There are two areas for our customers:  Just go to the ALDI level and look for the French Meadow signs.

October 18, 2019

 Veteran actor Sue Scott --- if you've heard "Prairie Home Companion" you've heard her, as *every* female character -- and her talented cast have been absolutely killing it every Second Sunday of the month for the  LIVE taping of her Island of Discarded Women podcast at French Meadow's Nord Social Hall! 

The November 10 show with guest Kim Insley is officially sold out!!   Tickets are now available for the Sunday, Demember 8 show with special guest Susan Kimberly,so if you want to join us for a fun night of smart comedy, original songs, engaging conversation, all while enjoying a special menu of French Meadow's signature organic food and drinks, we suggest you jump on it and BUY TICKETS online (only $12!) now! 

AND you can LISTEN to all of the episodes of Island of Discarded Women we've taped at the NORD HERE!  Plus via Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, and Spotify!)

Mixing radio theater satire and inspiring conversations with amazing women who share their p...

October 8, 2019

French Meadow's Music Monday with Connie Evingson series is already a hit -- our previous shows have been selling out!   The next event is October 14, 2019, and Connie will be joined by  Parasota Hot Club.   Enjoy an evening of jazz, blues, and hot club swing in the Twin Cities' most unique event space with our favorite jazz vocalist, Connie Evingson!   Of course, food and drinks from French Meadow's signature organic, farm-to-table menu will be available.   Get tickets here

Enjoy dinner and drinks on the Nord patio or in the Social Hall beginning at 5:30; music is from 7 to 9 pm. 

Cover $15 in advance, $20 at door.  Advance tickets recommended -- these shows have been selling out!  Door tickets will be available on a first-come basis. 

NEW: See KARE11's story on Music Mondays!  Pat Evans interviews Connie Evingson and French Meadow's Lynn Gordon, who previews some of the special menu items being featured.  

Want to hear a taste of what mu...

August 25, 2019

We listened to you!   Big changes are afoot for our 25th year at the fair. 

French Meadow's State Fair location is celebrating our 25th successful year with some extensive renovations and updates that will make your experience better than ever!   Due to increasingly high demands for our fair offerings and input from our loyal customers, we've done a complete remodel.   Our kitchen has been expanded with an arsenal of sparkling new equipment that willl streamline food preparation and shorten wait time.  On the outside, we've added addtional ordering windows -- five total! -- where you can order all of the favorite menu offerings that our customers know and love, including bakery, grill, and People's Organic coffee drinks. (Mini Sconuts! Earth Wings - vegan & gluten-free! Hot Scones with Fruit & Fresh Cream!  You'll still be able to relax at our informal seating and our popular covered patio tables. 

What will...

July 22, 2019

You love us!  According to Open Table diner reviews, French Meadow Bakery & Cafe on Grand Avenue is one of the top 10 -- out of thousands -- overall best restaurants in Twin Cities/St. Paul.  Thanks to our customers who wrote OpenTable  reviews for this honor! 

Here's a reason to stop in soon: Celebrate the bounty of the season with this beautiful new special from chef Samantha: Pluot Caprese, a seasonal dish of organic pluots, local tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzerella, balsamic reduction, olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper.   Best of all, it's vegetarian and gluten-free.  Our specials run for a limited time, so get it while you can... 


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