After I started the Golden Valley thread, I've been wishing I had done a more inclusive thread with the surrounding communities. Despite working here before, I guess I never put much thought into the fact that a whole lot of different diverse neighborhoods lie withing about 5 miles (or 10 minutes) of GV. In the 10 months I worked here before, I never really reached out.
Anyway, I ventured out across the river into NE Mpls with a whopping $1.50 in my pocket. I'm somewhat familiar with that area, but tried to stick to streets I hadn't previously traveled. I decided there's really enough there to warrant a new thread specific to that area.
First, the Matchbox Coffee Shop is a great place. I don't recall having ever heard of the place and I can't find any posts. From the outside, it looks a lot like Al's Breakfast, only much smaller. The inside reminds me of a cross between Al's, The Wienery and...well...a tiny coffee shop. I didn't really hang out too long, just spent my $1.50 (perfect!) on a small to-go fair trade coffee which was tasty. I didn't see any baked goods which was a bit disappointing (maybe just missed them). I wish I had this place in my neighborhood (as well as Behind Bars bike shop around the corner).
Matchbox Coffee Shop
1306 2nd St NE
Just a little bit to the east up 13th Ave, to my delight I spied Europol Eva's. This place I've heard a lot about but have always been ashamed that I haven't tried as they advertise some of my favorite foods (eastern European).
I was dismayed to see signs with "Coffee Shop" and "Opening Soon" in the window. A closer look found a sign on the door with the "Sorry for the inconvenience, we are remodeling to serve you better".
The phone message says they hope to open in early November. I'm really eager to explore this place finally.
Eva's Europol Delicatessen
359 13th Ave NE
I welcome your suggestions. I know about the usual suspects (Mayslack's, Psycho Suzies, the Modern, Emily's Lebanese, etc.). Any relative secrets and/or strong recommendations?