Coffee Shops with Benefits

Light- or dark-roast? Far more intriguing choices--like booze!--await at a new generation of coffeehouses.

 

 

AND DON'T FORGET:
I couldn't even fit all of the notable coffee shops with wine into this roundup. But here I go anyway. I mean, we musn't forget the Wilde Roast Café in Northeast (518 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.331.4544, www.wilderoastcafe.com). The long-loved River View Café just opened an adjacent wine bar; look for a longer review of them once they've had time to find their feet (River View Café and River View Wine Bar; 3753 42nd Avenue S., Minneapolis, 612.722.7234). The forefathers and foremothers of the genre are certainly places like Macalester area Coffee News Café, 1662 Grand Ave., St Paul, 651.698.3324) and grand old dame Caffe Latte. (850 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.224.5687, www.cafelatte.com).

And remember, kids, only you can prevent forest fires! Oh, wait, that certainly, but also, while it might seem like the world is going to heck in a henbasket and you feel sad because no one is flinging even one little white-hot spear of chicken at your car, it's also important to remember that there has never been such a golden time to grab a glass of wine in a clean, well lighted, convenient place.

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