This is a great list of restaurants that I am sure will grow over time as more residences open up along the Green LIne and the foot traffic becomes too enticing for restauranteurs to avoid for too long. Can you actually believe there is not one, single Starbucks on the Green LIne that is not in the downtown skyways? I can't believe that will last for long, but it is true for now. There is a Caribou Coffee at the Target Field Station Platform 2 (just opened up) and a Dunn Brothers Coffee at the Westgate Station. Those are the only two chain coffee shops on the Green Line right now. But there is the Espresso Expose' at the East Bank Station, the Tara Cafe at the Warehouse District Station and the Overflow at the Prospect Park Station and the Black Dog at the Union Depot Station, for coffee houses. So much potential! I cruise the Green Line every day, sometimes multiple times a day and I am constantly finding new places to eat at, meet people at and write at.
I would recommend that a little more diligence be paid to the Station location relative to the restaurant location. There are a few misleading restaurant/location associations. For example, the Egg and I is associated with the Prospect Park Station, when it is located right at the Westgate Station, which is not even mentioned. It's a long walk from the Prospect Park Station. Another example is the implication that the Station Village restaurants mentions are close to the Stadium Village Station, when (in fact) many of them are very close to the East Bank Station and a long walk from the Stadium Village Station.
I attribute a lot of this to the changing paradigm from neighborhood association with place to a rail transit station associated with place. In a city with rail transit (like the Twin Cities now, and the Twin Cities pre-1954) people want to know what station a restaurant is located closest to, not the neighborhood its in. It's even more important than addresses and streets. Now that the Green Line is here I'll say that I will meet someone at Bonnies Cafe, which is a five minute walk east of the Raymond Avenue Station, on the south side of the street. People will remember that. That is one of the beautiful things about rail transit. Just say the station and where the restaurant is relative to the station and everyone is on the Same Page. Ngon Vietnamese restaurant is at the end of the Victoria Street Station east-bound platform. The Daily Diner is across the street from Dale Street Station eastbound platform. Big Daddy's BBQ is across from the Dale Street Station westbound platform. Thai Cafe is across the street from the eastbound Western Avenue Station platform. J and J's Fish and Chicken is a block west of the Snelling Avenue Station. And, of course, the Black Dog is two blocks east of the Union Depot Station.
It is so nice to be in a metro area with rail transit now. Hop on! ... The Bard of Franklin Avenue ...