Survival Listings: Coffeehouses
420 Internet Cafe 420 Washington St., Eau Claire • 833-9975 • www.cafe420.com • Eclectic décor, bamboo floors, and soothing colors are the backdrop for 420 Internet Café’s full service coffee bar and sandwich shop. Try the signature gyro sandwich or the popular chocolate truffle mocha drink. Internet stations, outdoor seating, private party services. Vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Acoustic Cafe, Eau Claire 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • 832-9090 • www.theacoustic.com/eauclaire • This downtown destination wants to make sure éno one hungers for lack of a better sandwich. Known for their hot hoagies, the spacious and creative café also has pitas, soups, salads, a number of baked-from-scratch cookies, muffins, and more. Try their gourmet coffees and espresso drinks to wash your meal down. Expect live music on the weekends and outdoor seating in season. Vegetarian friendly, open until 11pm Fri. and Sat. Free wireless internet.
Acoustic Cafe, Menomonie 102 Main St., Menomonie • 235-1115 • A topnotch hoagie shop (everything from corned beef to hummus) that bakes its own bread from scratch, the Menomonie Acoustic Café features a cozy atmosphere and open mic every other Thursday. The trademark high-back booths make it a great place to do lunch, a casual meeting, or to just hang out. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, open late Fri. and Sat. Free wireless internet.
Bake ‘n’ Brew Cafe 17255 Co. Hwy. X, Chippewa Falls • 720-2360 • Everything is homemade at this laid back bakery and café. Bake ‘n’ Brew Café is known for their cinnamon rolls, salads, and sandwiches. There is also a “lite” menu available.
Blind Munchies 621 Wilson Ave., Menomonie • 235-9300 • www.streetlevel.uwstout.edu/theblindmunchies/hello_coffeehound.htm • Open to the public Tuesday through Friday, Blind Munchies features a full coffee bar, a from-scratch bakery, and fresh sandwiches made to order. Try their homemade pizzas, and keep an eye out for their live music and B-movie nights. Vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Borders Books and Music 4030 Commonwealth Ave., Eau Claire • 832-2852 • www.borders.com • Walk into Borders, hang a right, and you’ll find a full-service coffee bar (Seattle’s Best) offering baked goods and cold sandwiches. Carrot cake is an old standard and always available, along with mini apple pie.
Camille’s Sidewalk Café 1120 122nd St., Suite 3, Chippewa Falls • 833-2233 • www.camillescafe.com/ • Camille’s fast, casual dining offers an all-day breakfast from 7am to 9pm, wraps, grilled Panini, sandwiches, salads, pizza, soup, coffee, and smoothies. They feature their own brand of soup and salsa, and offer catering services. Free wireless internet. Outdoor seasonal seating, private area available.
Caribou Coffee 2321 State Hwy 25 N #308, Menomonie • 235-3627 • www.cariboucoffee.com • Whether you’re craving something hot or cold to wet your whistle, or a tasty baked treat to go along with it, Caribou has it all. Offers catering and select event delivery. Seasonal outdoor seating, free wireless internet.
Coffee Grounds 3460 Mall Dr., Hwy. 93, Eau Claire • 834-1733 • 2116 Craig Rd., Eau Claire • 797-2198 • 3042 Commercial Blvd., Chippewa Falls • 797-2370 • www.thecoffeegrounds.com • A casual, European-style café plopped into the middle of a gourmet food/coffee/beer/wine/cigar/gift shop, The Coffee Grounds offers a variety of baked goods, soups, and fresh, unique sandwiches. Their menu is always evolving, but if you see their terrific tomato bisque on the board, go for it. And don’t forget about the coffee (they roast their own beans). Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Cravings Coffee Shop 1320 N. Broadway St., Suite 1, Menomonie • 231-2222 • With Olson’s ice cream, a bakery with fresh bread baked daily, specialty cheeses and meats, and take-an • d-bake pizza, the name “cravings” suits this coffeehouse perfectly. In a relaxed atmosphere with a fireplace and waterfall, Cravings also has outdoor seating and wireless internet.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees 4800 Golf Rd. (Oakwood Mall), Eau Claire • 833-0040 • www.gloriajeans.com • A full-scale gourmet coffee shop known for its flavored brews, Gloria Jean’s uses beans selected from the top 2% of the world’s Arabica bean crop. In addition to brewed coffee, the shop offers a variety of robust espresso drinks and “Blended Chillers” such as the popular White Chocolate Caramel Cookie Chiller.
The Goat Coffee House 408 Water St., Eau Claire • 831-4491 • A relaxed, full-scale coffee house offering an eclectic selection of fresh sandwiches, The Goat sports an interesting mix of furniture and décor. All sandwiches are prepared with sauces from Silver Spring. A vegetarian delight is the Green Olive Twist (hummus, green olives, onion, and Swiss). Check out the fruit smoothies and cold, blended coffee drinks. Outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Golden Leaf Café 1706 Stout Rd, Menomonie • 231-5323 • www.goldenleafcafe.com • Gourmet organic Panini sandwiches are the specialty at Golden Leaf Café, where you’ll also find homemade soups and salads. There’s no need to wait for dessert; they also sell Norske Nook pies (whole or by the slice). After eating, peruse the connected specialty shop for wine, food stuffs, and tea. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly (using some high quality, natural organic foods). Free wireless internet.
Grand Avenue Café 119 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 831-1100 • A quaint (and popular) little café known for their sandwiches, quiches, homemade soups, and bread pudding. Vegetarian friendly, outdoor seating available, open Sunday brunch-time.
Harmony Corner Café 2855 Mall Dr., Eau Claire • 552-5530 • This relaxing coffeehouse and sandwich shop has a menu full of fair trade, organic and local eat- and drink-ables — everything from its famous homemade scones and 30-plus soups to its paninis and vegetarian options. Attached to the Old Elbow School Shop, its kitchen unveils loads of homemade concoctions that taste just like mom’s. Watch for live music on weekends and regional art shows. Seasonal outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, free wireless internet.
InfiniTea Teahouse 112 Grand Ave., Eau Claire • 514-1975 • www.infiniteateahouse.com • As the only teahouse in the Chippewa Valley, InfiniTea has 155 flavors of tea, and a table with test tubes allowing customers to see and smell the leaves of the teas of their choice. It also has a constantly changing selection of tea infused baked goods (cookies, muffins, and scones) by Dessert First. Check out the frequently scheduled musical guests. Free wireless internet.
The Living Room Coffee House & Drive-Thru 2006 Cameron St, Eau Claire • 831-0245 • The Living Room`s mission is to make you feel at home - as long as your home has a full service coffee bar, Panini sandwiches, baked goods, live music on the weekends, and blended fruit tea smoothies. The monthly drink specials are always popular, as is the breakfast Panini sandwich with sausage and maple syrup. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
The Nucleus Café 405 Water St., Eau Claire • 834-7777 • www.racysnucleus.com • Connected via a convenient hallway to Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge’s full-service coffee and espresso bar and sandwich shop, The Nucleus is a cozy café with a European vibe serving breakfast and lunch. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, quiches, omelets, and distinctive sandwiches. The Nucleus is also a traditional crêperie, offering a variety of dessert and main meal crêpes. Stop by for Sunday brunch. Live music, outdoor seating, private party room, vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Panera Bread 4601 Keystone Crossing, Eau Claire • 834-9752 • www.panerabread.com • A chain store featuring a full bakery and cafe where all breads are baked fresh. On the bakery side, they feature 20 different breads, 12 bagels, and 30 sweets and pastries – the Cinnamon Crunch bagel is among the favorites, selling between 400 and 500 a day. The cafe features 15 different sandwiches, 6 salads, and 6 (of 12) different soups on any given day with Chick and Wild Rice as a best seller. Outdoor patio seating, very vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet. Open for Sunday Brunch.
Racy D’lene’s Coffee Lounge 404 Riverside Ave., Eau Claire • 834-0000 • www.racysnucleus.com • Connected via a convenient hallway to The Nucleus Café, Racy’s is a loungey coffee shop with an impressive range of brews. Check out the desserts, homemade soups, and astounding menu of distinctive sandwiches. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly. Free wireless internet.
Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie • 231-3255 • www.rawdeal-wi.com • A local oasis for the raw food movement, Raw Deal doesn`t cook any of its food. The menu, which changes daily, blends organic produce to create entrées near-identical in taste to heat-prepped cuisine. The shop also features a bakery and full service coffee bar which uses organic beans they roast themselves. Check out the organic fruit smoothies and the key lime bars. Open Sunday mornings, catering services, very vegetarian friendly, music shows and open mic nights. Free wireless internet.
Starbucks 2016 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 834-2513 • www.starbucks.com • 953 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire • 836-7320 • 3649 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 838-0196 • 2016 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire • 834-2513 • Coffee, teas, desserts, and other treats to warm you up, cool you down, or satisfy a craving. Wireless internet available.