I hadn’t heard of Reverie Cafe & Bar until my sister Jessica had told me it about a month or so ago. When I went to go visit her recently, she insisted that we check it out. We both had plenty of homework to do that weekend, and Jessica said that Reverie has a coffee shop atmosphere perfect for that. She was right. The restaurant is very laid-back, and has lots of great vegan options!
Reverie is owned by Kristin Wiegmann and Jeff Therkelsen, and the restaurant recently transformed to include their new, entirely plant-based menu. The menu includes items like soups, sandwiches, breakfast foods, and cookies. They also have a full coffee bar, local tap beers, and kombucha, a fermented probiotic drink.
I’ll admit that it took me a long time to decide what to order at Reverie…I was torn for a while between the Jackfruit Cubano (a twist on pulled pork, with jackfruit in a smoky sauce, served on a Vietnamese French roll with garlic aioli and pickled onions) and the Cauliflower Po’ Boy (Cauliflower steak with smoked paprika cashew remoulade on a toasted baguette). I decided to go with the Po’Boy, and Jessica went with the Cubano so we could share.
The Cauliflower Po’ Boy was very flavorful; the smoked paprika cashew remoulade added a nice flavor to the sandwich. My only suggestion would have been to batter and fry the cauliflower, because traditional po’boy sandwiches include fried chicken or shrimp. It would have been nice to have a crunchier texture, but the overall flavors were great in the sandwich. In addition, I ordered the coconut curry lentil soup, which was delicious and hearty.
The Jackfruit Cubano was also delicious. I only had a few bites of it because it was Jessica’s, but I kinda wish I would’ve ordered it instead. The jackfruit was a great meat substitute. The fruit pulls apart and has the same texture as pulled pork– it’s pretty strange but it works!
There’s more to Reverie than just food and drinks; they have live music performances regularly. There’s Thursday Jazz Night, and performances from local and national bands. For a full schedule of Reverie’s events, click here. They have something new almost every day!
The restaurant also has a daily happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Happy hour includes $4 pints and $2 off wine, and a $11 pint and tacos special.
Reverie is open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. Closing time depends on the music events that happen nightly, but they are never open after 1 a.m. They’re located at 1931 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 🙂