Maeve’s Cafe in Northeast Minneapolis

Tricia Cornell / Heavy Table

A scone is not breakfast. There, I said it. Neither is a muffin. That is cake. Breakfast is hot, it’s savory. It’s filling enough to get you through to noon, but not so big that it reminds you of dinner the night before. Thank you, Maeve, for recognizing that.

We’ve got plenty of fantastic breakfast places in the Twin Cities; it’s one of the things we do best. We’ve also got a bevy of great coffeeshops. We don’t have a lot of places that marry the two. (Anodyne in Southwest Minneapolis comes to mind, but that’s pretty much it.)

Now we have Maeve’s Café in Northeast Minneapolis. Furnished with church pews and mix-and-match chairs on a black-and-white parquet floor, Maeve’s feels like it’s been here forever. Nope. It opened in early October and already has a folks who can come to the register and hear, “The usual?” Most are comfortable enough to linger.

For breakfast there are, in fact, scones. But those of us who scorn them can also get a just-right-sized slice of savory sausage strata or a cunning little dish of baked eggs with spinach. It’s not a huge menu, but it’s enough. The strata ($5.25) is filling and comforting, as breakfast should be when the first snow floats by the window, spiked with fennel-y bits of sausage and rivers of melted cheddar. A little fruit on the side shows that Maeve cares about your health.

Tricia Cornell / Heavy Table

For lunch, again, the menu is brief — a half dozen or so hot or cold sandwiches — but when a coffeeshop can get away with prewrapped sandwiches priced $7 and up, Maeve’s has chosen not to do that. Instead, have one of the hot panini, like the one made with generous slices of brie with zucchini and peppers roasted right there in the kitchen ($6). On the side, a tangily-dressed pile of baby arugula.

Another reason to linger: little plates with slices of cheese, sausages, figs, roasted vegetables, and smoked trout ($4–$7.50), made to be picked at as you chat with old friends. It’s just the sort of thing you might set out when friends drop by unexpectedly.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Maeve. It’s good to get to know you.

Maeve’s Cafe
Coffeeshop in Northeast Minneapolis
300 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Mon-Thu: 6:30am–9pm
Fri: 6:30am–10pm
Sat: 7:30am-10pm
Sun: 7:30 a.m.-7pm
BAR: None

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About the Author

Tricia Cornell

Tricia has been called the mother of “world-class veggie eaters” in the Star Tribune (that is patently untrue) and an “industrious home cook” in the New York Times (true, but was it a compliment?). She loves Brussels sprouts, hates squash, and would choose salty and sour flavors over sweet just about any day. She is the author of Eat More Vegetables, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2012, and The Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook, published by Voyageur Press in 2014.

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  1. We have been waiting SO patiently for Maeve’s to show her shining face, and are glad she’s here buy oh, I do have some disappointments. They say it’s the little things that count, and that’s where I think Maeve’s is lacking. A mocha I ordered was so syrupy sweet and thin it was almost assuredly made with Hershey’s. Individual sugars are great on the go, but what about those lazing around in the shop! No sugar pourer to save on waste? And a single packet of philly cream cheese for their oversized bagels? Why not a small ramekin of a (local?) cream cream cheese so I don’t have feel piggy asking for another and to cut down on plastic. Speaking of plastic, disposable plastic cups for water. Clearly my issues (aside from the mocha) are more tactile, but we live in an age where we ALL know plastic is wasteful… these are such easy changes that will ultimately save the store money!

  2. Maeve’s has the best coffee smoothie around- and the hot choclate is my husbands favorite! Finally had the chance to try a sandwich and the Turkey/chedder was great! I go out of my way to stop there- it is well worth it!

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