Parka = Coffee + Good Food + Forage Modern Workshop

UPDATE on Parka Cafe September 19th, 2014. Parka will close and become a Dogwood Coffee place. No more good food.  (Too Bad.)

Parka Minneapolis:  A cafe with coffee, especially good eats and…shares space with Forage Modern workshop that carries hand made furniture and household items of exquisite design.

4021 E. LAKE ST. MPLS, MN 55406



612 – 886 – 1585

After a nine hour day at work, Alan took me to Parka Cafe on East Lake Street in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood.

Thank you.

It is a refreshingly clean and simple cafe. They serve Dogwood Coffee and Rustica Bakery items.  I was there to eat from their daily menu.  What a treat I had when I ordered their macaroni and cheese.  Had I the presence of Mind to ask about how it is made…the macaroni was a delight. There are many macaroni lovers out there with great recipes.  This was not a sticky, yellow, cheddar baked macaroni recipe.  No sir-re bob.  This was a white cheese lightly coated, perfectly cooked macaroni.  Served with a mustard seed salsa on top and a few sprigs of greens. (It was really a complementary touch!)

Alan had the hamburger because they were out of the brisket. It looked really good. Judging by Alan’s enthusiasm as he dug into eating what looked to be a juicy (Served “medium rare”) burger, it’s a winner.  I stole French fries from him; they had skins on and were, to my taste, perfecto.

I had a hand made Ginger beer to drink. Food paradise may be found on a grey pre-spring day in Meeples, peeples.

The decor is simple, techie, but not cold.  When you are done with your coffee, food or…you can admire or buy some beautifully crafted furniture made mostly by Minnesotans at Forage Modern Workshop.

I saw some beautiful chairs, dining tables and accouterments for the home and personal use; for example, Siskyou Soap from California, where I went camping a couple of times, smelled just like the local fir trees.

It was a fun way to unwind.

Don’t take my word for it, check it out…


Have a pleasant Saturday.  (I am waiting for the Farmers’ Market to Open again in April.)

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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