Recently reopened by the team from Excelsior’s 318, Aster manages to get a lot of mileage from its charms. Its picturesque location in St. Anthony Main is certainly one of them. The comfortable cafe has a simple courtyard that might just be the perfect place to spend one of those fall afternoons when the sun hangs brightly, still warming, but the air is crunchy like a good apple. This is the place to squander a few hours dreaming of Paris with a bottle of the fine Rhone Rouge ($39). And when the glasses of house red or white are only $4.75, how can you go wrong? Nibbles are classic bohemian and easy on the pocketbook, including a tasty cheese plate of Northern Lights blue with walnuts and pears for $4.25 or a crispy, salty flatbread pizzetta of sopressata, mozzarella, and tapenade for about four bucks more. It’s almost enough to make you forget the woes of the Euro.
125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138, aster-cafe.com