The Skeptical Diner: Common Roots

Common Roots, the new cafe over on Lyndale and 26th, has just destroyed one of my dreams. I was — I swear — 3-6 months away from creating a custom bagel-baking business out of my home. The bagels would have had a nice boiled exterior — but not too tough. The interior would have been flavorful and dense, but not too sour. The size would have been small, to preserve that perfect crisp-to-doughy ratio — rather than making those tire-sized things chain bagelrys often churn out.

But Common Roots has beaten me to the punch. Damn them. They’ve done an absolutely terrific job with their bagel selection — all classic flavors (plain, poppy seed, sesame seed), a real de-emphasis on flavored cream cheese, and a dedication to a really great product.

They even offer a fresh (and thus much creamier) cream cheese. If you live in Uptown and/or care about bagels, a visit is mandatory.

7 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 9:50 am

    I was totally planning to write about them. Which I still will, since I was gonna talk about all the other stuff, and not so much the bagels. I need at least one more visit to be sure, but that’s one of my new favorite places.

  2. James Norton (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    I’m pretty much all about the bagels. But I tried a pecan roll, too, and that was also excellent.

  3. Erica M (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Hey, did you notice any egg bagels in their selection?

  4. James Norton (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    I was too keyed up to even ask. There was a second basket of plain bagels that was unlabeled — and therefore, could’ve been egg bagels, which don’t necessarily look all that different. I guess I’ll have to go back tomorrow morning and check.

  5. ranty (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    I haven’t been there yet, but I live within walking distance, so I am truly EXCITED to hear that it’s good!

  6. Clint (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    Gah. They don’t open till 6:30am.

    What’s it take to get a breakfast place open early in this burg? 5:30 or 5:00 is completely reasonable for a breakfast place or bakery/coffeehouse.

  7. Erica M (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    At least they serve at 6:30am. I was really disappointed to find that Turtle Bread doesn’t actually serve breakfast until 7:30, despite opening at 6am. You can get bakery items before then, but no hot food.

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