Restaurant recommendations from MnMo food critics Jason DeRusha and Joy Summers.
As a former Grand Marshal of the Anoka Halloween Parade—you know it’s the Halloween capital of the world, right?—I have a special affinity for this northern suburb with an adorable historic downtown. And the food gets way better than just Tootsie Rolls being tossed from the parade floats.
Hans Bakery: After sitting empty for decades, the 2013 rebirth of this bakery led to non-stop lines for the legendary Bee-Hive, a custard-filled pastry sandwich. It’s worth the wait.
Mad Hatter Tea Room: Cute overload! This historic mansion along the Rum River has the adorable finger sandwiches and tiny pastries you expect at a tea party, but also a daily brunch menu that surprises with explosive flavors! Get the pulled pork French toast or the green goddess grilled cheese. Read Jason’s full review of the Mad Hatter Tea Room.
Photo by Jason DeRusha
You can call it a suburb, but Anoka has a small-town charm and identity all its own. Wander down Main Street for shopping, sites, and tasty bites.
Swedish Crown Bakery: My cold weather dreams smell of sweet risen dough and cardamom. So, imagine my delight when I first tasted the goodies from inside this bakery. The scent is heaven, but the taste is even better.
Avant Garden: This coffee shop was founded by three sisters in 1995, at the height of the flannel rediscovery movement. The specialty is coffee, but there’s also a huge tea selection. On warmer days you can linger over your latté with a sandwich on the back patio.