Photo by Caitlin Abrams
NO. 83 | VERDANT TEA
A bar sans alcohol never looked so good. (Though since its initial opening, they've got cocktails too!) The tasting room of Verdant Tea is steeped in hanging plants, wood walls, and lots of zen seating areas to revive, energize, or detox over a good cup of tea.
NO. 84 | CHECK MATE
The Bachelor Farmer's brilliant blue-and-white gingham awnings have become part of the North Loop's DNA. They're proof that even a new idea can become an instant icon when done right.
Photo by Caitlin Abrams
NO. 85 | NANTUCKET IN MINNESOTA
Everyone's buzzing about CoV, Wayzata's newest restaurant from Dean Vlahos. Shea Architects and Jennifer Cashman channeled the nautical Nantucket in designing the space, adding plenty of wood, rope, and glass for a beachy, boathouse feel.
NOS. 86-88 | BAKERY BY DESIGN
Our heritage here is steeped in flour and grain, and the resurgence in bakeries is simply a feel-good thing. The fact that so many of these new bake shops are paying close attention to design makes that morning pastry all the happier.
Photos by Caitlin Abrams and Eliesa Johnson
Bogart's Doughnut Co.—The most anticipated donut shop in years, Bogart's nailed it from the lettering out front to the graphic packaging, designed by Jeff Holmberg of Holmberg Design Co.
Copper Hen—Kombucha and arugula salad never tasted better than inside the cozy chalkboard-clad walls f this New Nicollet Avenue institution.
Honey & Rye—Owners Anne Andrus and Emily Ackerman turned a vintage dry cleaners into the hottest bakery in town. Also brilliant: their honor system baguette basket out front.
Photo by Geoffrey Warner
NO. 89 | BANG BREWING
A newcomer to the craft beer boom, this 1-year-old St. Anthony Park brewery-taproom has lived up to its name—not just for its flagship pale ale, Neat, but for its bang-up architecture designed by architect Geoffrey Warner of Alchemy Architects. The first 100-percent organic brewery in the Midwest, Warner was tasked with coming up with a structure that was beautiful, energy efficient, and within budget. "It kind of looks like the Pantheon," says Warner, who referenced the ancient church to come up with a contemporary version: a 42-food round prefab grain bin constructed of shiny corrugated steel that rises up out of no man's land. Even if you're not a beer drinker, it's a sight to see. 2320 Capp Rd., St. Paul, bangbrewing.com
NO. 90 | FOREGIN LEGION
Zentral's new private dining space, Foreign Legion, has given downtown Minneapolis a jolt of international style. Cue the holiday party madness.