Wilde Roast Cafe began as a Hennepin Avenue coffee shop-with-benefits before expanding into larger, prettier Riverplace digs. The owners, a gay couple who named the place after one of the community's icons, Oscar Wilde, retained the comfortable conversation nook from the old space, complete with overstuffed, lushly upholstered couches and chairs and an antique fireplace look ripped from Wilde's era. Guests can also sit in the main dining room, the cafe tables clustered between the coffee counter and the gelato case, or the elevated patio along cobblestone-covered Main Street. The menu, which consists mostly of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas isn't revolutionary, but its offerings tend to be comforting and consistent. The edgiest thing about the list may be each item's title and description. How many diners catch the joke that all the burgers are named after drag queens? Favorites include the crab cakes, Italian sausage flatbread, curried chicken salad, and an updated version of the Lutheran church potluck staple, tuna noodle hot dish. Just be sure to save room for the cafe's famous flourless chocolate cake, or bÃƒÂªte noir, which once graced the cover of Bon Appetit magazine.
Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 7am-12am
American, Breakfast, Brunch, Health
Beer and Wine, Lunch, Outdoor Dining, Private Party, Reservations Not Necessary, Takeout
Metered Parking, Street