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The independently owned coffee shop is a rare breed on the skyway system, which is overrun with Starbucks (three skyway locations), Caribou Coffee (11 skyway locations) and Dunn Bros (three skyway locations). Which is why it’s great to see little Cafe Patteen plugging along against the coffee conglomerate tide. Yes, there’s coffee (from Roastery 7 in Brooklyn Center), but the real draw is owner Patteen Leverson’s buttery, lovingly made baked goods. Giant cookies, scones and fruit-packed muffins are the headliners, but Leverson keeps things interesting with a daily specials roster, which could mean banana bread, sticky buns, brownies or, on Wednesday, mac-and-cheese. For breakfast, there’s quiche, and it’s terrific. Seating: Limited, but nearby atrium seating.
920 2nd Av. S. (Oracle Centre), 612-371-0262
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The swell baked goodies at Wuollet (200 S. 6th St., 612-767-4420, www.wuollet.com). The better-than-decent steam-table Asian fare at Tea House (330 2nd Av. S., 612-343-2133, wwwourteahouse.com). The enormous tea assortment at Northern Lights Tea Co. (811 LaSalle Av., 612-332-8869, www.northernlightstea.com). The refreshing, ever-changing inventory of frozen yogurt flavors at Cool Cups (120 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-3982, www.coolcupsyogurt.com). The alluring sweets of all stripes at Amy’s Classic Confections (601 Marquette Av. S., 612-436-0016). And the bargain-priced salad bar at Sky Bites (811 LaSalle Av., 612-338-3008, www.skybitesmn.com).
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