What began as a humble Bursch family dairy in 1925 has blossomed into a community that fosters local, sustainable, organic dining. In the 1940s when the dairy evolved into a neighborhood grocery store, it quickly established itself as a gathering space. When the grocery transformed once again in 1995 to become The Birchwood Cafe, it held the long-standing tradition of community, inspiration, and gratitude. After nearly a quarter of a decade, The Birchwood Cafe is still where many hang out to feel at home.
The Birchwood Cafe is one of the most active cafes in the Minneapolis social justice movement. It sponsors bike teams, hosts documentary film nights to educate the public about food issues, and advocates on the Minneapolis Public Schools’ True Food Chef Council to secure healthy choices for school cafeterias. The cafe space is also a local drop spot for eight different farms that participate in Community Supported Agriculture farm shares.
Its menu will satisfy any dietary need, from the gluten-free vegan to the hardcore carnivore with a conscience. Their creative combination gives a new perspective to the most universal dish. For example, their version of the always popular avocado toast includes jalapeno sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, green oil, lime, and cracked pepper. Many menu options are also available as gluten-free, like their savory waffles, their vegetable scramble, and the tempeh hash. As an added intrigue, all their beer is local, including what is served on their rotating tap. Community and hospitality are the names of the day at The Birchwood Cafe.
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