Being a solo consultant is a lonely existence. It’s definitely one of the few drawbacks to this lifestyle. So, I make a habit of getting out of my home office as much as I can to the neighborhood coffee shops in Minneapolis. And, I have plenty of options, because there are a TON of them. It’s one of the many reasons I love living in the city.
And, since more companies are embracing a more flexible work environment and allowing people like you to work from home and coffee shops from time to time, I thought I’d put my eight-plus years of experience working from local coffee shops to good use and create a list of my favorites.
So, below, you’ll find nine coffee shops I probably work from the most. I attempted to grade them on a number of factors: environment, coffee, food options, parking and seating. I then gave each coffee shop an overall grade–remember, it’s a grade that revolves around what the coffee shop is like as a place to work, not the coffee shop itself (case in point: I LOVE Spyhouse NE, but it doesn’t get a top-level grade from me as a place to work–see below for why).
Now, you’ll probably notice there are a number of fairly popular coffee shops that don’t show up on this list. The new Penny’s is a noticeable miss (I still haven’t been!). Moose & Sadie’s is popular with North Loop types (but I rarely go there given the cluster that is North Loop parking). And Bob’s Java Hut in south Minneapolis is an institution (but just not my jam). Everyone has their favorites–these nine are mine.
Would love to hear what you think–and your reviews of other top coffee shops in the Minneapolis area. Leave a comment below, or comment on my Facebook post where I shared this post.
Head of the Class
Location: 4208 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours: 7 am – 8 pm, Monday-Friday
Environment: Half coffee shop, half bike shop, Angry Catfish isn’t your typical venue. But, it does have a nice, neighborhood feel to it. You can find outlets along the bars and outer edges of the coffee shop. And, the music isn’t too loud so you can’t talk to a table-side companion.
Drink of choice: I usually just opt for the pour-over Intelligentsia or Ruby coffee of the day, since it’s so damn good. And, I absolutely LOVE the small tray and little pitcher you get for the 12- and 16-oz. orders.
Food options: Huge bonus here: Angry Catfish carries a variety of donuts and pastries from Baker’s Wife, which is literally right next door. Opt for the State Fair donut–my favorite donut in the city (and I should know–I’ve tried them all!)
Seating: Ample seating. 8-10 bar spots overlooking the street. Some informal, couch-like seating. And 5-7 tables for the more serious worker.
Parking: Street parking, which is always available. I’ve never walked more than half a block to Angry Catfish. And, of course, bike parking right out front.
Arik’s Workability Grade: A (HUGE points for being next door to the best donut shop in the city; always pretty quiet, never all that busy and serving one of my favorite coffees–Intelligentsia. Yeah, high marks for AC).
Address: 4021 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours: 6:30 am – 8 pm
Environment: Open, air and lots of light let it through the huge windows in the front of the store. The vibe is modern (the wood booths are my favorite) with its signature pink espresso machine right up front. The neon bars above the coffee bar add a nice touch, too.
Drink of choice: I’m a huge Dogwood fan, but I usually grab a cup at the much smaller Dogwood in Uptown. I usually just go for the coffee since it’s so damn good. And you really can’t go wrong with any of their blends. I had the Costa Rica blend (16 oz.) this time around. Wonderful.
Food options: Dogwood carries a smallish number of Rustica bakery items including cookies, croissants, and my favorite, the danish. I opted for the orange danish, which was the perfect pair with my Costa Rica.
Seating: Dogwood shares a larger space with the accompanying Bodega, but it’s broken up by a wonderfully cozy section of two-person booths that I absolutely loved. There were also three separate bar areas to work from–one looking out onto Marshall Ave. and the other two overlooking the coffee areas. In total, the space had 12 sitting areas between the booths and small tables and chairs.
Parking: Dogwood has about 5-7 spots in its lot in the back of the store. Otherwise, there’s on-street parking on Marshall Ave. Plenty. And free.
Arik’s Workability Grade: A- (the best “vibe”/feel of any place on this list; usually pretty quiet; LOVE the small booths, and the coffee is second to only Intelligentsia in my book)
Vicinity Coffee (Lyndale location)
Address: 3350 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 (also at 4301 Nicollet Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: M-F 6 am-9 pm
Environment: Music wasn’t too loud. Acoustics are fairly good. And, there’s ample room even though it is frequently crowded during the day. There are many people working, so it’s a nice place to put down roots for a couple hours. Plus, they have two rooms–a bigger space with the coffee bar, and a side room where I’ve held meetings before. And, as an added bonus, they have the garage door for the summer months.
Drink of choice: I had the Boone’s Beard, which is their top specialty drink. It includes house-made vanilla, coriander and black Hawaiian sea salt. Pretty damn good. They also have the requisite coffee options and house-made chai, which I’ve heard it very good. And, they have a nice selection of teas for those non-coffee drinkers including something called “Iron Goodness of Mercy”. Sounds good in a Catholic kind of way 🙂
Food options: Vicinity has a small selection of scones and croissants (I believe from Rustica)–so you’re in good hands here. It’s just not my bag.
Seating: Ample seating. I counted 14 two-person tables in the main room. And one larger table for group meetings. Also love that many of the tables on the wall have outlets–no shortages here. One of the better spots for seating, actually.
Parking: On-street parking nearby. Vicinity is right in the Kingfield neighborhood, so there’s plenty of free on-street parking. No problem.
Arik’s Workability Grade: A- (love the open garage door in the summer; specialty drinks are above average, and there’s ample room and TWO rooms for spreading out)
Location: 3262 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours: M-F, 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Environment: Bright, open and airy. And plenty of outlets for the long-term worker bee. I also like that there are two separate rooms at the Wonderland Park location–little more room to breathe and spread out, should you need it.
Drink of choice: I usually just go with the brew of the day. In this case, it was their new Tree Hugger blend, which is a dark roast with the body of a light roast. Not usually what I go for, but it was pretty good (not great). I’ve really come to love their Snowshoe blend.
Food: They have a variety of bakery items and oatmeal, but nothing too crazy. In fact, I stopped at Baker’s Wife on the way and nabbed a couple State Fair donuts (again, best donut in the state).
Seating: Plenty. And, I like the options: booths, tables, stools. Perfect.
Parking: On street (on Minnehaha and the side streets) as well as a small lot out back. And, all free.
Arik’s Workability Grade: B (overall, a pretty solid place to work; love the vibe, but I just have never loved Peace Coffee; and, it does tend to be a bit crowded at key times).
Location: 907 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hours: 6 am – 8 pm, M-F
Environment: What you’d expect for a North Loop coffee shop. The classic tile is a nice touch. Love the high ceilings. And you’re surrounded by light with all the windows. You could do worse in terms of a place to work for a few hours.
Drink of choice: Just like when I visited the Spyhouse NE location, I opted for the Cold Brew (this time with a little lavender syrup). Outstanding.
Food options: Just like NE, Walnut Bakery items are offered here. I didn’t purchase any this time around, the the croissants looked awfully good. No donuts though 🙁
Seating: A few tables and a few different bar/high top areas. Not a ton of seating. And, outlets were tough to find, too. A few of the bar items hardly had any. Kind of a big miss for a brand new place.
Parking: On-street, free parking right nearby. Unheard of for North Loop, but it’s just far enough on the fringes where you have on-street parking for free on 10th. I’m sure that will change soon, but for now, take advantage.
Arik’s Workability Grade: B+ (love the location, and free parking nearby is almost unheard of downtown)
Canteen Coffee Bar
Location: 3255 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday-Friday
Environment: Maybe one of my favorite coffee shops in South Minneapolis to work from because it’s so quiet and rarely super busy. And, you’ll find an outlet nearby almost every table (a must for today’s coffee shop). The wi-fi is fast and reliable and it’s also relatively quiet. You’ll usually find many people working from Canteen throughout the day.
Drink of choice: While Canteen has the requisite selection of lattes and specialty drinks, I always opt for a straight cup of the wonderful Kickapoo coffee. Smooth and delicious. And, you can get the bottomless cup for just $3.25–perfect for the worker who’s going to set up shop for 1-2 hours.
Food options: Although I haven’t tried it yet, people rave about Toast Bar. I just haven’t gotten on board with the whole toast trend. The “Hollybars” also look pretty darn good–a selection of PB&J, coconut almond and peanut butter chocolate chip are usually on hand.
Seating: This is the strength of Canteen as a coffee shop for the remote worker. PLENTY of seating throughout–even when it’s busy, there seem to be multiple open tables.
Parking: On-street parking is always available. No problem here.
Arik’s Workability Grade: B+ (solid coffee and all sorts of room; outlets everywhere and free parking don’t hurt either; plus…toast flights!)
Five Watt Coffee
Address: 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Hours: 6 am-10 pm
Environment: The music isn’t over-powering, so you can actually work to it. And overall, the vibe is pretty urban with exposed brick walls, the garage door and an authentic south Minneapolis feel. The room also has tons of outlets throughout and free wi-fi. No complaints here.
Drink of choice: The Kingfield. It’s Five Watt’s most popular drink. I’m not a big latte guy, but I’ve tried it a few times and really enjoy it. But, at $5 a pop, it’s a lot to stomach for this cheap guy. Definitely a splurge item for me. Haven’t tried the drip/pour-over coffee, but they do use a roastery out of Kickapoo, Wisc., down south of LaCrosse where my folks grew up–so huge bonus Hanson points there! One more note: Free refills on drip coffee–even if you purchase one of the espresso drinks.
Food options: Five Watt brings in an assortment of Patisserie 46 breads and pastries. Not my favorite, but it’s usually a small selection of croissants, scones and muffins.
Seating: Five Watt is a small place. I counted 12 tables total–and they’re all two-person tables. But, it does have a great bar I love to work from, and in the spring/summer/fall, they have a nice outdoor patio (although it’s right on Nicollet).
Parking: Right on Nicollet is the best spot, and there are usually spots. So, overall, not too shabby.
Arik’s Workability Grade: B (would easily be higher if THEY HAD MORE ROOM! Specialty drinks are very good, and the space itself is tremendous. It’s simply far too small and always crowded).
Not sure I’d recommend, but…
Location: 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Hours: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday-Friday
Environment: Somewhat loud. Lots of people. Always crowded. Not optimal work environment, or great for coffee meet-ups.
Drink of choice: Seems like most folks opt for Spyhouse’s espresso drinks, but since winter is now officially in the rear-view mirror, I opted for the cold brew, which was amazing. I’ve had the Spyhouse coffee before though, and it’s above-average. No Intelligenstia or Dogwood, but it’s very drinkable.
Food options: Bakery items from Walnut Bakery are typically pretty solid. I opted for the old fashioned sprinkle donut on this visit which was very good.
Seating: Plenty of seating, but I have yet to work at Spyhouse NE when it’s not absolutely packed. So, seating is definitely an issue. If you’re looking for a spot where you’ll be guaranteed to find seating, an outlet and the ability to work in peace, this isn’t the place.
Parking: Let’s be honest, parking is a disaster around Spyhouse NE. You can park on the road (shown here), but there’s no guarantee a spot will be available. And, other lots nearby are reserved for employees/customers of other companies. I’ve never loved the parking situation here, and it usually drives me to find another place to work.
Arik’s Workability Grade: C+ (would definitely be higher if not for the hideous parking situation, and the fact that the place is PACKED every time I’ve been there)
Location: 822 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. M-F
Environment: Open, airy and usually pretty darn quiet. Lots of outlets. Lots of space. One of the better environments to get stuff done.
Drink of choice: I opted for the house coffee–and why wouldn’t you when it’s Intelligentsia. A refill did cost me $1.50 though, which I bristled at.
Food options: Had a small selection of bakery items including croissants and scones. Nothing too outstanding. But, pretty standard for most of the coffee shops on this list. That said, I opted to pair my Intelligentsia with a salted caramel/chocolate donut from nearby Glam Doll Donuts.
Seating: Ample seating and a variety of options. They have 4-5 tables right against the windows, which are nice. They have a couch for more leisure reading/working. And, they have bigger tables for larger groups.
Parking: On-street parking is usually pretty easy to find. But, they do have a small lot that is also free on the north side of the building.
Arik’s Workability Grade: C (plenty of space, and coffee was fine, but just lacks any kind of discernable “vibe”)
I recently had coffee with a younger colleague who plays a key social role for a fairly large company here in Minneapolis. He/she was sharing a story I’ve been hearing more and more lately. Essentially it boiled down to this: There’s no one in the senior ranks at my company who knows more about social than I do.
Folks, that’s a BIG problem.
And, these younger people are starting to recognize it.
Why is this such a big issue? Because without “social mentors”, younger people in this space are lacking the direction, sounding boards and support they need as they attempt to figure out an entire discipline on their own (because, believe me, that’s what’s happening).
Think about it. You’re a 25- to 30-year-old who’s tasked with leading social media for a company (which is not that unusual in many cases). You’re knowledgeable about social. You get content. You know how to measure results. But, you need help, just like anyone else. You need someone to turn to for advice when you run up against a unique situation. You need someone you can bounce ideas off–someone who understands the tools and channels. And, you need someone who’s been around the block a time or two.
These “social mentors” are hugely valuable–and unfortunately, I am finding fewer and fewer companies have them on staff.
Why? Two big reasons:
1: Gen Xers largely eschew social media roles. As I think about fellow Gen X’ers in Minneapolis/St. Paul in social roles right now, it’s a pretty short list. I think about people like Bryan Vincent (UHG) and Kevin Hunt (Mills). But, like I said, the list is pretty short. I would say most X’ers I know chose to “stay in their lane” when social became a thing years ago (which is fine). But, it’s left a significant void of senior-level talent in the social arena. And, that means fewer of these “social media mentors” in company and agency ranks.
2: The Millennial to Xer/Boomer ratio is huge. According to reports, Millennials outnumber both Boomers and Gen Xers in the workplace (53.5M to 52.7 and 44.6 million, respectively). So, simple numbers tell us there are most likely more Millennials and fewer Xers (and Boomers, to a lesser extent). Then, think about how many Millennials are in these social media roles (A LOT!), and how many Xers/Boomers have experience in that area (not too many). You begin to see the math just isn’t working out…
So, we have a huge need for social media mentors among the younger set. And, we have a huge lack of social media mentors among the older set. Not a great recipe for success. What can be done?
I’m not sure I have the answer. Many of the Millennials who started in social roles the last 4-8 years will begin to assume more senior-level leadership roles in the years ahead, and they will become mentors to the new generation (Gen Z). It’s just too bad they don’t have more senior-level support right now–and whether they want to admit it or not, I think a lot of younger people could use that support.
Until then, I guess we just have a social media mentor crisis on our hands.
Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear from younger folks on this one…
We’ve all heard about the “storification” (yeah, I just made that word up) of the social web and how it represents the future of social. And how companies should start paying attention because “stories” are the new news feed (that’s questionable at best, in my view).
But, we haven’t seen too many good examples of companies using that “story” functionality creatively.
Which is why I immediately paused when I saw this video from Walmart in my feed last week.
You’ll notice Walmart repurposed a string of Snapchat stories (I think) and incorporated it into this video they they put together and shared on its Walmart Today Facebook channel.
Pretty interesting, right?
I actually found this video interesting for a number of reasons because I think it represents three big trends we may end up seeing much more of the months/years ahead:
1: Repurposing “stories” across other social media
Haven’t seen too many brands do this effectively yet, but Walmart seems to have repurposed Snapchat Stories into Facebook/YouTube content (if you’re wondering how to do that, here’s a nice tutorial). This isn’t exactly groundbreaking work, but it is damn efficient as Walmart was already grabbing the video content via phone on location. That video content then served as the bulk of this short-form social video. We’re always talking about ways to make your content work harder for you–perfect example right here.
2: Social company spokespeople are becoming a “must” not a “want”
Another trend this post highlights is the need for the new wave of “social corporate spokespeople.” In the video, you see Bo and Antonio, Walmart “DJs” right at the top. These two are, in fact, Walmart spokespeople. Not in the traditional way you might think about spokespeople–more in a social way. These are the storytellers of 2017. And, they have the skills required for many social stories in 2017. They can get in front of a camera and convince employees/customers to talk and react to the camera (a key skill many in our industry DON’T have). They can put a story together. They have a feel for what will work via social channels. These are the skills Bo and Antonio bring to the table–and they’re going to be skills more companies look for in the years ahead, given our preference for video content online.
3: How do we find these company spokespeople?
Usually, you’ll go out and try to hire them. Which will be tough, given the current landscape and tight job market. But, what’s really interesting in this example is what Walmart did. Instead of trying to go out and HIRE social spokespeople (these two were really hired as radio DJs, but for this example, they’re also social spokespeople), they looked internally. They held a contest to find the first two Walmart Radio DJs who would run Walmart Radio–what a cool job for two lucky Walmart employees who had an interest in radio. And, that’s exactly what happened for Bo and Antonio.
On the media side, some see it as the savior of their business.
On the PR side, it could be seen as a major hurdle.
Because here’s the scenario that’s playing out increasingly with PR folks: You secure a great story in The Washington Post. Your client is excited. You’re pumped because, well, it’s The Washington Post for crying out loud.
The placement hits. You share it on social media. You share the URL with your client.
But, you start getting comments on the Facebook post about people not being able to read the article.
Your client sends you a note quickly saying she can’t get to it either.
Enter the world of the paywall.
It’s great for the media (and I’m not saying media shouldn’t be using this model as a revenue source–believe me, I’ve been a subscriber of the Star Tribune for 4 years now). Not so great for PR.
Based on the social sharing and online-driven world we now live in, online PR placements are more valuable in many ways than the print version. But, if there’s a paywall, that’s all negated.
No sharing on social media–you’ll just frustrate your readers/followers.
No sharing with the client–you’ll just light a fire under them.
No sharing in client e-newsletters–you’ll upset your current and prospective customers.
My question for you all today is simply this: Is this a legit concern for our business?
Are there really enough newspapers with paywalls to make this a legitimate issue? WaPo has one. And, according to one study, more than 80 percent of all newspapers with a circ of more than 500,000 have one (wow). And, certain industry pubs have adopted the model (I couldn’t find a comprehensive list anywhere, to my chagrin).
Will paywalls become more common as a revenue source, or will they recede as newspapers and media outlets continue to experiment with and change their business models (Nielson thinks so)?
And, what does this mean for us as PRs? If paywalls do rise in prominence, does that impact our approach in using media relations as a part of our toolkit? I sure think it would.
It’s an interesting discussion. I’m curious to hear what you have to say.
You know how when you meet some people you can just tell they’re going to be a big deal some day. That’s how you feel when you meet Amanda Gebhard. And I’m quite sure that feeling will pay off in the years ahead (you watch!). She’s currently in a social role over at Boston Scientific, but I think the comms/marketing world has much more in store for this young woman. Let’s hear more from this PR Rock Star:
You’re a senior communications specialist-social media for Boston Scientific. Since social positions vary widely from company to company, what does your typical day look like?
I would say my job is roughly 60% content (strategy and execution), 25% analytics/reporting and 15% community management.
Here’s what a typical day might look like for me:
- Check email, news and social feeds
- Read daily alerts and monitor brand accounts twice daily for comments, mentions, etc. – take action as needed
- Content work
- Evaluate incoming content requests, edit copy, assist with legal/reg reviews
- Draft posts, work with brand team on visual assets, send posts through legal/reg review, schedule or publish
- Develop content strategies for larger campaigns/initiatives
- More meetings
- Pull data and create report for listening, campaigns, etc. (not daily but at least once or twice a month)
- If time, make progress on longer-term projects
In your six-year career you’ve worked for three health care companies. In those six years, what have you learned about working in social in a highly regulated industry?
While each sector of healthcare has different regulations, the processes – and challenges – are mostly the same across the board. Many healthcare companies take a very conservative stance when it comes to social content, which is understandable. But it can sometimes hinder innovation and creativity, and it definitely creates time and work. However, as you build trust with your legal and regulatory teams and learn what their biggest concerns are, you can start to form partnerships and forge a path forward. It definitely takes time, though.
I would also add that there is still SO much gray area in healthcare regulations when it comes to social media. The regulations can’t keep pace with the technology, so it leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
Working in social for a health care company is decidedly less “sexy” than working for companies like Target, General Mills or Best Buy. Why do you continue to choose health care over other industries?
It goes without saying that healthcare is rarely (if ever) on the cutting edge of social and digital media – especially with larger orgs. So if your goal is to do cool, exciting work that makes for good case studies, healthcare probably isn’t right for you. But if you enjoy interacting directly with patients and customers, and you want to work for a company that’s making a tangible difference in people’s lives, healthcare could be a good fit.
Aside from the meaningful work aspect, healthcare is also a thriving industry (especially here in the Twin Cities). And I’m personally very interested in the intersection between health and technology – I see lots of potential there.
What’s the biggest trends you’re seeing in social media when it comes to health care marketing right now?
Surprisingly, live video seems to be an emerging trend in healthcare. One organization doing a lot with this is the Mayo Clinic. They host regular Facebook Live Q&A sessions on various medical topics. I think this is a great way to connect with and educate patients in a more authentic, interactive way.
Influencer marketing is another trend that’s gaining traction in medical communities. According to CDW Healthcare, 87% of physicians ages 26-55 (and 65% ages 56-75) are active on social media. Some have built significant personal brands and are very influential within their networks.
Paid social is a pretty large topic of conversation as well. It’s increasingly important for all industries, but it’s particularly complex in healthcare due to evolving regulations and platform advertising rules.
You volunteer your time with Social Media Breakfast as a community manager, and have since 2014. What have been the primary benefits of donating your time to this organization?
Volunteering with SMBMSP has been one of the smartest career moves I’ve made. Aside from the obvious benefit of learning from other social media professionals, here are a couple of the benefits I’ve seen:
- Connections – SMBMSP has vastly expanded my network, and I regularly stay in touch with people I’ve met there.
- Resume building – Volunteering with an industry group looks great on your resume. Before I accepted my position with Boston Scientific, my involvement with SMBMSP came up in nearly every interview I had with every company.
What are the biggest skill gaps you see amongst today’s social media professionals?
One of the major gaps I’ve seen lately relates to human resources, of all things. Whether it’s employee relations issues that surface on social media or talent acquisition social strategies, there is a clear disconnect between the teams that typically work on social media (in marketing or communications) and HR. If HR is at all integrated into the social strategy, there needs to be a resource that understands both the discipline and the medium enough to guide both teams.
Also, as a counter point, I would actually argue that there are too many expectations placed on social media professionals. We’re expected to be writers, designers, photographers, videographers, project managers, community managers, customer service agents, marketers, crisis communicators, recruiters and analysts. Those jobs require vastly different skill sets, yet to some degree, companies expect it all from one person. They’re getting a heck of a deal.
You mentioned at the last SMB that you’d love to get your hands on some Snap Spectacles. How do you see brands adopting this new technology in coming months/year?
As cool as Spectacles are, I honestly don’t see most brands adopting them since they only show one individual’s point of view and they only work with one platform – a platform that many brands (aside from media) have been slow to join. But I do think they’re a great proof of concept that will lead to a more “brand-friendly” product – perhaps one that isn’t tied to a single platform or device (like Samsung’s Gear VR) or even a single perspective. I think the immersive, interactive experience of VR is here to stay, though it will evolve, but I predict the “wearable” VR trend won’t stick around.
For years, I’ve said there are two things I will not talk about online: politics and religion. I’ve walked myself back on the former recently, but I noticed that you don’t hold back in talking about your religious beliefs. Can you talk a little about why and the role your faith plays in your life?
First, I understand and respect why many people choose not to talk about religion online, because it’s very easy to misinterpret or take things out of context. But my faith is a large part of who I am, and I’ve made the personal decision to show up online the same way I do in person. I do think there’s a right and wrong way to talk about your faith, especially on social media, but I don’t believe in avoiding a topic altogether simply because some people may not agree with it. Also, I’ve found that it opens doors to more meaningful conversations and relationships, and that alone makes it worth it to me.
Like me, you’re a South Minneapolis resident. Best place to live in the city! I’m curious: What are your favorite restaurants and/or coffee shops on the south side?
South Minneapolis is absolutely the best place to live – I love it here. There are SO many good restaurants and coffee shops; it’s hard to pick my favorites. But here are a few spots I keep going back to:
- Wise Acre Eatery (locally sourced food and giant, thick-but bacon)
- The Lowry (chicken and waffles – enough said)
- Red Cow (I’ve tried most of the menu and have yet to be disappointed)
- Five Watt Coffee (fantastic coffee without the crowds of Spyhouse)