Common Roots

Twin Cities, Minnesota

3.4 / 26 votes

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Bagels, coffee, soups and sandwiches with an emphasis on local foods

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Grocery/Bakery/Deli, Caterer

This cafe focuses on local foods and sustainable practices. The bagels are made in house. The menu is small and varies daily by what is available from local farms. The cafe also has a community meeting room that can be reserved for free and they have frequent speakers. There is also an outdoor patio seating area. Common Roots opened in the summer of 2007.

The cafe also offers beer and wine.

Added by Rachel Widome on Aug 16 07 (last updated Jan 27 15)

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Common Roots has really lost the plot in the last two years or so. They started out as a great place to get affordable, healthy, veg-friendly food. Now, however, they've decided that they want to be all things to all people -- except, apparently, to vegans. They do have a decent selection of (expensive) vegetarian fare, although even that is dwindling.

When I went there earlier this week, aside from a kale soup, they had NO vegan options. I told the cashier I'm vegan, and ordered the walnut veggie burger. A minute or two later he came to the table and told me that the burger has milk in it. I asked what other options they have, and aside from the soup and a few salads (which I don't consider a meal) there was nothing. The kitchen did end up making me a very tasty veggie sandwich, and it's really only because of staff such as the cashier and kitchen staff that I can even give this a fair review, because they were all helpful and incredibly nice. However, the people making the decisions at Common Roots really need to step back and look at whether their new business model is going to work. They clearly want to be a coffee shop AND a fancy dinner restaurant AND a casual lunch spot, but because they're not fully focused on any of those missions, they fail in all three. It also seems like they're trying to be a French Meadow clone, but they're not doing well there, either. It's sad, because I used to truly love Common Roots, but I don't think I'll be going back there any time soon.

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Common Roots always has a few vegan items on its menu (which changes monthly). Yet the vegan items that my friends and I have tried have been incredibly lackluster. On my last visit I ordered a breakfast hash which came as a small plate of oily diced potatoes, sweet potatoes and tofu without any discernible seasoning or flavor. It was truly one of the worst dishes I have been served in a restaurant. My friend felt the same about her tofu tacos. My experience was disappointing as the options had sounded promising.

Nevertheless I have returned to Common Roots for tea. They make a commitment to local, sustainable consumption which I like to support. They also provide soy milk for coffee/tea, free of charge, alongside the typical pitchers of dairy milk and cream.

I have not tried the soups and will likely give them a chance should I end up there for lunch. Yet, given the plethora of higher quality vegan options in the area, that is unlikely.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


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  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Private Rooms
  • Wi-Fi


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7am - 11pm
8am - 11pm

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