Wilde Roast Cafe
North East Minneapolis
Other than getting a caffine fix and indulging in tasty treats, the thing I love most about coffee shops is that when you find just the right one for you, it becomes more than just a place to sit and sip – it becomes a personal part of your identity…a place that feels just a little like “home”. And that’s why I love it when someone shares a recommendation with me – it’s kind of like sharing a bit of themselves – and that’s exactly how I happily found myself at this week’s featured shop – the Wilde Roast Cafe’!
This place is a definite hot spot – from the moment I walked in, I felt the buzz of people at every table, corner and cushion, laughing with friends, reading by the fireplace or clicking away on their keyboard. The vibe was energetic but comfortable, laid back yet somehow a bit regal with its contemporary-Victorian decor. Based on the eccentric personality of 19th Century playwright, Oscar Wilde, Wilde Roast Cafe’ has been featured in local and national publications for everything from their atmosphere, to their menu and wine list.
Seating was in high demand, so I put in my order and then booked it to a table – Here’s my spread: Small (seriously, how big is the large?!) Mocha Frappe and an Obama Bar.
This frappe was like a first flame, or first kiss or, heck, first mini-doughnut – I do not think I will ever be able to drink a frappe anywhere else without comparing it a little bit with this one. It was the frappe to end all frappes – cool, blended cream, chocolate and espresso, so rich it was more like an old-fashioned milk shake. So delicious!
I was so glad that I took the advise of my server and tried the Obama Bar – I’m guessing that someone in the kitchen, challenged to make an amazing update to the classic Rice Krispie Treat, chanted “Yes We Can!” as he created a truly fantastic combination of peanut butter Rice Krispies with a Chocolate and Espresso Topping.
As you can see, I made short work of the Obama Bar:
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of shots of the seating or decor – it was so busy in the shop that I wasn’t able to get a lot of pictures that turned out well so you’ll have to visit to get the full effect, but Wilde has an environment that’s magnetic and a menu that’ll entice you come back for more (breakfast, lunch or dinner!).
Thanks, Nate, for sharing your pick for Coffee Shop Sunday with me – I will definitely be tempted to make my way to the North East side to visit again soon …and in the words of the late Oscar Wilde himself, “I can resist everything but temptation.”