An espresso systems turns out some delicious coffee drinks, and a pastry case is lined with stunning creations from Patisserie 46.
The menu, for now, is mostly soups, salads, and panini sandwiches. A Chinese-style peanut noodle salad was greasy and flat on flavor.
The Italian sandwich promised salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, ham, and gruyere. A super-crusty baguette instead held ham, cheese, and pepperoni.
It's still so early that many things are likely to change. Hopefully they get it sorted out before competition from the nearby French Meadow arrives. In the meantime, it's the best cup of coffee to be found at this end of Grand Avenue, and those pastries never disappoint.
1672 Grand Ave., St. Paul
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