Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group Brunch Experience
The Uptown Cafeteria and Support group, or “The Cafeteria” is located in Calhoun Square, right across from Stella’s Fish Cafe. The Hubby and I decided to make our first visit to The Cafeteria on a lazy Sunday morning when we could have the place to ourselves. The Star Tribune recently did a piece on this trendy new Minneapolis hotspot and everytime we’ve driven by the place has been packed! The rooftop – SkyBar – is supposed to be excellent in the evenings, but we didn’t get a chance to explore upstairs at brunch.
The cafeteria has garage-door windows that are raised up in nice weather; diners are inside but exposed to the sidewalk and the Uptown crowds walking by.
The picture above is from our table by the windows- it really was empty when we stopped by! The food was simply alright. Our eggs, bacon and toast were typical fare, and the potatos were too oily and heavy to be enjoyable. On the plus side, the servers were very pleasant and attentive. But there’s no doubt that The Cafeteria’s main attraction is its unique style.
This close-up photo of the bar really doesn’t do it justice – the bar is very long and has room for a lot of patrons. I like the combination of liquor bottles and beer taps, top-shelf liquor cabinets and fancy flatscreen TVs set against a greasy spoon-style countertop and chairs.
The hallway to the bathrooms and kitchen is “wall-papered” with actual cafeteria trays.
The bathroom decorations are fun. The Hubby took the picture on the left and the pic on the right is from the women’s room. I think the women got cheated – we should have pictures of cafteria men or women glaring at us on the backs of bathroom doors while we pee!
I did not get a picture of the booths or the awesome walls covered in shag carpeting. As I said earlier, our food was just meh. But I love the ambiance and I’ll be back to try their evening fare, and definitely to check out the rooftop bar! The Cafeteria seems like a great place to bring some friends for before or after dinner drinks!
What: Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group
Where: 3001 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN
When: Quiet brunch on the weekends, trendy crowds and yummy drinks in the evening.
Uno giorno fino a Italia!
I’m going here, to Perugia