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Acadia Cafe

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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

329 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454-1030
United States
phone: (612) 874-8702

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spoots

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

[Update--Acadia has really cleaned up its act, so I am revising my rating. During my last visit the staff couldn't have been more pleasant, and the dust has been dusted--good job!]

Acadia is a good place to grab a beer and a bite (and a coffee afterward). There's a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere here, and, as a working-class guy, I feel very comfortable among the working-class crowd that hangs out here.

The design of the place is logical, and the semi-rummage sale furniture works OK for the space. I'd guess this cafe seats about 40, but when it's busy--as it was on both occasions when I stopped in--it feels a pretty cramped. However, the high ceiling absorbs noise and it is one of the quietest busy spaces I've seen. Thank goodness for that. I didn't get a chance to enjoy a musical performance, but there is a separate room for it and it looks pretty similar to what Bryant Lake Bowl has going on for performance space.

The service was great on my first visit, but disappointing during the follow up. Maybe it was a result of the crowd, but I got the impression the folks behind the counter (there is no table service) on my most recent visit had had a long day. I didn't get a dose of attitude as much as ambivilence--sort of a "...next...yeah, whaddya want...next..." sort of vibe. I almost felt bad for troubling them with my order.

On both occasions I ordered a Surly beer and some food. The on-tap selection is good--and frankly, surprising--but for every Delirium Tremens there is a Leinie's Honey Weiss taking up valuable real estate. I suppose that's the nature of the beast; there are still a lot of mainstream beer drinkers out there, and this place has to meet them halfway in order to survice. Of course, if you don't find something on tap to your liking, the bottled selection is excellent--Kozlak, Acadia, Rogue, Bells, Victory, and Grain Belt to name a few. Considering that this is essentially a coffee shop with food, it's a hell of a selection. Well done, folks!

The food was good, but my cheese plate on visit 1 was pretty skimpy--maybe they were running low on the Irish cheddar. On the other hand, the veggie burger I ordered on visit 2 was exceptional--flavorful, with guacamole, cheese, and red onions, and served with a generous side of (Frontera?) tortilla chips and a terrific salsa. A real deal for $6.40.

I like this place, and I'll be back to explore their beer selection.

[Just a side note--the folks at Acadia need to take a hard look at how clean the place is. Everything was dusty (the display wine bottles were especially noticable), there was trash on the floor, and their water urn was so dirty it was downright gross. I know it's hard for restauranteurs to stay on top of this stuff, but everybody in my group noticed that the place looks like it needs a thorough cleaning. Points off for that, but I'll bump the score back up if they've done some clean-up work next time through.]

03-18-2006 23:07:06 | More by spoots
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Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.