French Meadow News

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... 


February 10, 2019

Lyndale Avenue/Minneapolis - call 612.870.7855 or reserve ONLINE
Grand Avenue/St. Paul - call 651.789.8870 or reserve ONLINE

Do you feel like a culinary odd couple? Rejoice, vegans and omnivores can coexist at French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar!  On this Valentine's Day, French Meadow reminds you that everyone can happily dine together with us: In addition to our regular menu, our Lyndale Avenue (Minneapolis) location is offering a special prix fixe Sweethearts Menu on February 14, for $50/couple; Lyndale Avenue French Meadow will also be open late, until 10 pm, for Valentine's Day.   

So remember, whether you are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or an old-fashioned omnivore, we have many options that will leave everyone satisfied and properly indulged.  And you can be assured that everything on our menus is sustainable, non-GMO, hormone-free, and humanely sourced from farmers we know and trust.  


December 14, 2018

How happy are we to be included (two page spread, no less!) in the brand new guide to the world’s truly exemplary, organic, sustainable, and ethical restaurants, Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery (Abrams, 2018)?  Thrilled!  

The restaurants featured in the guidebooks and accompanying website were selected by a small group of the world's best food writers, including Minneapolis writer Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl;  the U.S. edition was edited by the legendary Alice Waters.   There are four editions of the book -- U.K, U.S., Australia, and World -- and French Meadow was not only celebrated both the U.S. and world editions, it is the only  Minnesota restaurtant to be featured in the world edition.  

From the guide: 
"Is there an Alice Waters of American baking? If so it might well be Minneapolis’ Lynn Gordon, who, as a health-minded macrobiotic cook in 1985, had her neighborhood cafe and yeast-free bakery certified as the country’s first organic bakery. Later, she was i...

October 31, 2018

Thanksgiving day dinner is a long tradition at French Meadow, and 2018 is no exception. Our Minneapolis (Lyndale Avenue) and St. Paul (Grand Avenue) locations will both be open, and are now taking reservations.

Our abundant Thanksgiving menu has something for everyone, including our vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian specialties in addition to traditional holiday favorites. 

For reservations, call 612-870-7855 (Minneapolis) or 651-789-8870 (St. Paul).

Minneapolis / Lyndale Ave. Thanksgiving menu

St. Paul / Grand Ave. Thanksgiving menu


August 17, 2018

Since 1996 French Meadow Bakery & Café has earned a loyal following among Minnesota State Fair-goers by offering natural, unique food options that are also deliciously indulgent.  This year we step up the game with our newest creation, Earth Wings® , as a featured new food on our fair menu. 

Already a hit appetizer at our Minneapolis and St. Paul flagship restaurants, Earth Wings® are made with fresh cauliflower pieces (“wings”), dipped in our signature seasoned batter, deep-fried to perfection, and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. The savory, meaty texture will satisfy even dedicated meat lovers, yet they are both vegan and gluten-free.  They go perfectly with our Infused Cucumber Iced Lemonade – made with Minnesota-grown cucumbers and Meyer lemons -- a refreshing fan favorite over the last few years.

French Meadow also is offering State Fair visitors a Gluten-Free Rustic Sandwiches, created to further deliver on our commitment to offer delicious gluten-free options.

As always, w...

April 22, 2018

As the world celebrates Earth Day/Week, we are reminded that at French Meadow every day is Earth Day. From our beginning three decades ago, we’ve made it our mission to engage in ethical practices that reflect our love for the earth and commitment to sustaining our planet’s resources.

A true farm-to-table establishment since before there was even a name for it, we’ve sourced our food from organic farmers we know and trust. French Meadow crafts our signature organic dishes from scratch, and from our hand-made pasta to our fresh sourdough pain levain and farm-fresh vegetables, we communicate through our food the cycle of respect for our shared home on earth.

This is why we say every day is “Earth Day” at French Meadow: With each meal we prepare with love for our customers, we celebrate the earth and our connection to it.

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