Edit ModuleShow Tags

Savvy Mom: Lots to Like at Lift


A few things stood out when my sons and I visited the new Lift Coffee and Treats on Stinson, near the Quarry shopping center in Northeast Minneapolis. The first is the most obvious: They have great-looking donuts, which they get from Mojo Monkey in St. Paul. This was the thing my kids appreciated most. We got a cake donut with sprinkles and frosting, and a chocolate donut topped with chocolate ganache dusted lightly with curry powder. Curry powder? Yes! Even more amazing (and disappointing to me) was that my kids liked it, and I had to share. If donuts aren't your thing, Lift carries other local treats. There are cookies by North Minneapolis' Cookie Cart, and chocolates from local treasure B.T. McElrath, whose headquarters are just a few blocks away.

Beyond the treats, I noticed how bicycle friendly Lift is. Located right on the Diagonal Trail, and with ample bike parking, it's perfect for the beginning or end (both, perhaps?) of a trip. It's a short jaunt for my boys and me, especially when I can promise donuts—really good donuts!—at our destination.

Then, when we were getting ready to leave, I noticed their No Waste program. All take-away cups and flatware are compostable, as are paper and food trash. Lift joins a growing list of Northeast food purveyers who work with Eureka Recycling. So it's got good food, plus good environmental awareness with its approach to bikes and waste.

I was so dazzled by all this goodness that I had to remind myself to also focus on the coffee, which is lovely. It's organic and fair-trade sourced and comes from nearby neighbors B & W Roasters.

So if you're looking for a kid-friendly coffee shop with benefits, bike on over to Lift Coffee and Treats. There's a whole lot to like.

Lift Coffee and Treats
451 Stinson Blvd., Mpls.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Toast the Royal Wedding with British-Gin Cocktails

As Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S.-actress Megan Markle tie the knot, raise a glass to the happy couple—and those close to you—with wedding-themed tipples

Bottoms-Up Cinnamon Caramel Pinwheels Recipe

With this fast version of a sticky bun, baking at home can be no muss, no fuss—and delicious

Leslie Bock's Newest Bar Wants to Save the Future

"We're attempting to show humans as messy and complicated."

Rosé All Day: The Best Tastings (Some Free)

More than 100 different rosé wines available to try—many for free

Wine Clubs: The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Sip Better figures out your taste for wine and goes deep

Gavin Kaysen Takes Midwest Gold

A quick note on our 2018 James Beard Best Chef: Midwest

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: May

This month, Sue Z. recommends supporting local student chefs with a dinner at Saint Dinette

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs Recipe

Get fired up for grilling season with tender, flavorful chicken kebabs by meat guru Bruce Aidells and a marinade that also works well with other proteins

My Name Is Jason and I Used to Hate Brunch

Brunch has undergone a renaissance in the Twin Cities. Food critic Jason DeRusha picks his top spots for brunch this year.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags