UPDATE: Anodyne has significantly improved from the last time I went nearly a year ago. For one thing, they now have at least one vegan baked good that they make themselves, they have some new interesting drinks and also a few vegan meal options (clearly elaborated upon on a separate vegan menu next to the cash register).
I had a maple soy steamer ($4) which is a coffee-based drink that had a great flavor mostly due to the maple syrup. That said, it was awfully expensive for just a small mug of it.
I also had their only house-made vegan baked item, a peanut butter cookie ($2.25). The flavor was good and peanut-buttery, but the texture was a notch below rock-hard and crunchy, which wasn't great (that said, it's nothing 10 seconds in the microwave couldn't fix, assuming Anodyne has a microwave).
Lastly I had an ultimate veggie burger modified to be vegan ($6.95). The burger was house-made, thankfully (I hate places that just grill up a Gardenburger from a box), but I found it to be bland and overly starchy. To improve the burger, Anodyne might consider switching to a marinated seitan base, topping it off with avocado and a fresh pico de gallo. A wholewheat bun would also add complexity and nutrition to the dish.
The other vegan food options didn't sound that interesting. They're of the wrap-chili-soup variety that use basic vegetables, but drop key components such as tofu, tempeh, seitan and mockmeats.
The atmosphere is bleak at Anodyne. I used to think it was cozy. But now I see that it's serenely quiet and there are only a dozen or so single tables, all of which were taken by grim-looking laptop users (and I went at about 2 p.m. on a Wednesday). There's a long communal table in the center of the room which had some open spots, though.
All in all, this is a decent spot for the Kingfield area. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here, though, unless they up their game on their vegan food.
Original review (Oct. 5, 2008): I like the neighborhood feel of Anodyne and its cozy atmosphere. But I wasn't impressed with any of their offerings---when I went, they didn't have anything vegan, not even pre-packaged cookies. Their drinks were standard and could be gotten at any of the multiple independent cafes in Minneapolis; these days, it seems most cafes aren't willing to freshly make their own drinks. Instead they rely on powders and concentrates and syrups, to which they just add soy milk and heat. Anodyne is no different. Then again, I don't think most people go to cafes for the drinks. They go for the free wi-fi and a nice place to study/hang out. In that regard, Anodyne knows its clientele well, but it doesn't stand out in any way.