French Meadow News

August 31, 2020

The State Fair in Minnesota may be cancelled for 2020, but you can still get your French Meadow state fair food fix at our Lyndale Avenue restaurant through September 15 only, with special menu offerings of some of the classic favorites known and loved at our annual State Fairgrounds outpost. 

At the head of the list is French Meadow's signature fair offering -- the one that launched French Meadow's state fair concession  at our original humble location in the fair's food building 26 years ago -- the tender Buttermilk Strawberry-Filled Scone with sweet

cream cheese topping.  The fair food French Meadow is most famous for, one that's made our State Fair concession a must-stop destination. 

Long-time fair-goers will rejoice to see the return of the Dough-Sant (TM), a creamy, flaky confection that was wildly popular from its launch in 2013 through its retirement from the menu in 2017.   This cross between our famous croissants and a donut deep fried and coat...

I have been a customer of French Meadow Bakery and Cafe since it first began. I have hosted many events there over the years and always had wonderful experiences with the staff and management. And as an organic vegan, I’ve always appreciated that it’s one of the few places I can have delicious, healthy organic food.

As a long-time leader of the organic agriculture and sustainability movements here in Minnesota, the US and around the world, I have worked closely with French Meadow and have been proud of its cutting-edge commitment to organic and leadership within the organic industry.

I co-founded the International Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (now the Alliance for Sustainability) 37 years ago and served as its first Executive Director and now volunteer as its President. We have worked closely with French Meadow on various projects and always appreciated their generous support of our community events, in addition to their backing of so many of our progressive partners, such a...

July 27, 2020

I’m proud to say that  Lynn Gordon, founder and co-owner of French Meadow Bakery & Café, is my mom. Yes, she’s a real person: a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a friend, an aunt, and a longstanding leader and member of the natural food industry and the Minneapolis uptown community. My mom has worked night and day for over 35 years to provide healthy and organic food and service to the community. She is passionate about her work and the product and service she provides. She is 100% committed to her business and what it stands for.  Her approach and demeanor is not always spot-on or conventional, but it all comes from a deeply rooted passion to provide the community with the best possible product and service.  It may sound corny, but my respect for her is such that for me, every day is Mother’s Day.

My mom started French Meadow because she was passionate about healthy living, helping people, and making a positive impact on the world. Her own mother died when she was 15 years ol...

Jane Barrash of the Continuum Center reflects on Lynn & Steve of French Meadow.

Some thoughts on the recent happenings at French Meadow...

I'm not going to comment specifically on the allegations against French Meadow because I have no direct knowledge of them. I will say that I have worked in many restaurants throughout my life and none of them have been perfect places to work. None of them. These are restaurants owned by women whom I have loved and admired.

No one should feel unsafe at work. If an employee feels they have been threatened or harassed, they have every right for redress via legitimate channels. I am certainly never going to argue against that. I am a proletarian to the end.

What worries me about taking an issue public via social media, and about cancel culture in general, is that issues, people, businesses, tend to get viewed through a very narrow lens. This person, issue or business is often judged on the basis of hearsay. Others jump on the bandwagon and pretty soon you've got this mob mentality advocating for a boycott or a "cancel" of the pe...

June 6, 2020

As the Covid-19 emergency restrictions ease, we are happy to announce not only the opening of our beautiful patios for outdoor dining, beginning June 1, but on-site dining indoors beginning June 11.   In keeping with regulations, all dining is spaced for social distancing, and we encourage guests to wear masks when possible.   Note that State regulations mandate reservations (use links below, or call us). 

Reserve for Lyndale Ave/Minneapolis 

Reserve for Grand Ave/St. Paul


May 31, 2020

Last year, French Meadow celebrated our 25th year at the Minnesota State Fair.   Starting with a single counter in the food building manned by our founder Lynn Gordon, we've expanded and changed with the times, including a major 2009 move to our current building on Carnes Avenue, and a full kitchen remodel in 2019.... CLICK TO READ FULL NEWS UPDATE

May 13, 2020

Dear Loyal Customers,

Thank you so much for the wonderful turn out on Mother's Day! Your support was overwhelming!


We did not expect such an incredible turn out, which resulted in our being caught underprepared. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this caused you and your families. 

Like all restaurants and cafes today, we are struggling to survive the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are trying to balance our desire to serve you with the need to keep our valued staff safe. This means less cooks in the kitchen and fewer servers on the floor. 

We are working on innovative ways to bring our signature good food to you, while adapting to ever changing circumstances. 

We kindly ask for your patience during this transition. Keep checking in to see what’s new and we promise you’ll be pleased.

Thank you again for your loyalty.  From me, and all of us at French Meadow, stay safe.   


May 4, 2020

Whether you'll be joining mom in person or remotely this year, there's no reason not to have a lovely Mother's Day dinner at home.  Our St. Paul & Minneapolis locations will be open for pickup and delivery from our new all-day menu;  our Minneapolis (Lyndale Avene) location offers a special full meal menu for two or four -- for pickup only -- that you can order in advance until the end of the day Friday, May 8.   For a special meal, select from our wine list for a bottle to add to your meal.   You choose your pickup time, anywhere from noon to 5 pm on Saturday. May 9, or from 8 am to 5 pm on Sunday, May 10.   Available at Lyndale Avenue / Minneapolis location only; order by calling us at 612-870-7855.

Click on the image below to download a printable version! 

April 21, 2020

Thanks to extensive public demand, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed a bill to temporarily allow restaurants to sell full bottles (up to 750 ml) of wine, and up to six cans of beer or cider (72 oz. total) with takeout food orders!! 

Our online all-day menus now offer a full variety of wines and local craft beers that you can add to your takeout (not available for delivery).   Please make sure you have your ID showing you are 21 or older when you come to pick up your order. 


Check out the menus now: 
Minneapolis menu 

St. Paul menu

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2610 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408  612.870.7855 
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1662 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105   651.789.8870

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