Update: Sadly, Reverie has closed. I will update this post if & when they re-open at a new location.
I have to say, Minneapolis has really stepped up its food game. I’ve been visiting off and on since 1995, but I’ve never been more impressed than I was when I was in town for a few days earlier this month.
Especially where vegan fare is concerned, there are now more reasons than ever to visit the Twin Cities.
This vegan café and bar used to be called The Nicollet. Back in February they moved to an entirely plant-based menu.
Along with a full array of coffee drinks, they also serve wine, beer, and cider. (Gluten-free? They have a dedicated gluten-free tap.)
The space is large and open, and they have a stage for live music. There was a band playing when we arrived on a Thursday night. The music wasn’t too loud, and so you could still talk or read while enjoying the ambience.
I ordered the mouthwatering jackfruit carnitas tacos. They were topped with a lemongrass sour cream, pickled onions, and cilantro.
(They were so delicious, I had to start making my own jackfruit carnitas at home!)
The handheld items come with chips and salsa as the default. The salsa was on the pasty side. It was more like a thick hot sauce and the only part of the meal I didn’t love.
David had the TLT, which was made with smoked tempeh, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough.
I’m usually underwhelmed by tempeh, but I was having some serious food envy over his sandwich. The tempeh was perfectly smoky. And the sandwich had a spread of basil aioli, which really elevated it from your standard vegan BLT.
The next day, I was still thinking about our delicious dinner. I decided to go back again to try more of the menu. Plus, I needed a soy latte ASAP.
I ordered the Cubano. This tantalizing sandwich was served on a Vietnamese French roll, which was very fresh and had just the right amount of pull to it.
It was topped with jackfruit in a smoky sauce, pickled onions, and a garlic aioli that had me sneaking tastes of it on its own. This time I got a salad on the side instead of chips for a couple of dollars more.
The latte was also exceptional, by the way.
The menu at Reverie is small, but what they offer is thoughtfully prepared and packed with flavor. I like that you can go any time of day – from morning coffee through after-dinner drinks and enjoy the laid-back space. If I lived in Minneapolis, I would be there often.