Glaciers Café on Minnehaha Avenue recently rebranded and named itself after its building’s best asset, a stunning tile mosaic, created with the help of Mexican artists. (Seats on the chic oasis of a patio offer a mesmerizing view.) Sure, Mosaic is a basic neighborhood café, but the concept covers its bases well and incorporates a few unexpected perks.
The menu caters to a range of tastes—beer, Coke, and organic-milk crowds alike. Its biggest points of differentiation are its vegetarian offerings and concessions toward healthful eating, including grass-fed meat and multi-grain buns. The tempeh Sloppy Joe won’t beat beef, but the turkey burger might. And the veggie-patty options—a spicy beans ’n’ rice blend with pico de gallo and chili-lime crema; a lentil-walnut mix with sundried tomato pesto—are flavor-packed. Be sure to add a side of the delicious rosemary-garlic baked French fries and save room for dessert, as Mosaic wisely retained Glaciers’ house-made custard.