Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

Twin Cities, Minnesota

2.6 / 9 votes

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Lowertown Hotspot

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

The Black Dog is the cultural center of lowertown St. Paul. The restaurant features a full espresso bar with locally roasted coffee drinks, all available with soy milk. Vegan pizzas can be custom ordered with lots of veggie options. Gourmet sandwiches are delicious grilled and cold. Appetizers like hummus and pita and the Mediterranean olive plate are good. Salads can also be made vegan. Their vegan soups are to die for, especially the garden veg and tomato lentil.

Interesting music is always playing. Live music is usually on Friday nights. Various artists' work is featured monthly. A great place to people watch and soak up the lowertown experience. A good place to crash after lugging around loaded bags from St. Paul Farmer's Market, which is right across the street.

Added by GracieLu on Apr 16 06 (last updated Jun 7 09)

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This coffee shop has a nice vibe and it provides somewhere to go in Lowertown, which is otherwise devoid of business.

That said, it's a pretty generic independent coffee shop: mysterious, potentially un-vegan soup; a few bland sandwiches with potentially un-vegan bread; and mediocre chai. They also offer hummus and tabouli for a whopping $7.25.

The chai comes in a small cup and costs a pricey $3.27 with tax (you could get twice the chai, and much higher quality taste, at Namaste Cafe, or even Caribou). It's a pre-made mix from a plastic jug, with is pretty lame, as I think independent coffee shops should earn their chops by making, say, their own chai recipe or their own proprietary drink/food (of whatever kind). Just because you're independent doesn't mean you should stoop to the lowest level and just serve packaged goods (at a steep mark-up from wholesale rates) that your food distributor happens to offer (which is the case with most places).

Why not have some mockmeat sandwiches? How about baking your own bread or vegan cookies? Anything? Black Dog doesn't do anything to stand out, other than happening to be the only coffee shop in an otherwise empty area. Go the extra inch, Black Dog, and make some food that requires more skill than unscrewing a cap or tearing open a plastic bag.


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Well at first glance this is a cute little shop. I asked if they knew what on the menu was vegan, they said yes, yay! Contrary to my belief, they didn't even know what vegan was. The manager proceeded to tell me that aside from the milk powder in their breads and pizza crusts that it was in fact vegan....negative. We walked out!

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Neighborhood

Lowertown

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • American
  • Eclectic (Fusion)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wi-Fi

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Hours

7am - 10pm
7am - 11pm
7am - 9pm
8am - 8pm

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