Breakfast spots in Twin Cities?
well.... if you'll entertain the uptown, then this place is within consideration as well.
the triple rock social club on cedar ave of the west bank area (minneapolis) has excellent breakfast food, and the best bloodies as well - BAR NONE. they offer, besides other excellent food, an extensive vegan selection. all meals are huge and very, very tasty.
the drawback? depending what you want for atmosphere, you might beware: triple rock is kind of a punk rock club. the music plays hard, and you'll probably be sandwiched between spiked jackets.
Thanks, to all respondants. Our schedules haven't allowed me to try the suggested places yet. Several are new to me, and all have been duely noted. Merci.
Allow me to list a few additional fav's of mine: Maria's, on Lake St., near the American Indian Center (try the corn pancake), the Keys on Raymond in St. Paul (excellent roast beef hash), Dick's Bar in Hudson, and the Uptown Bar (with or with out Bloody Marys.)
Or, if you're tired of dining with the dying-to-be-trendy crowd, check out the Flameburger in St. Paul and Columbia Heights. I always have breakfast at the Col. Heights location when in town: A nondescript strip mall location, but a classic lunchcounter diner with skilled staff cranking out large, inexpensive breakfasts. Grab a booth with a view of the open grill & watch the cook grab three eggs with one hand & crack 'em onto the grill, yolks intact. There's always at least one guy at the counter with a racing form, and in the winter a couple of snowplow drivers.
I would highly recommend the Day by Day Cafe on West 7th St.in St. Paul. In the summer, there backyard patio is beautiful and they serve Dunn Bros. coffee.
Another option that isn't terribly romantic but has great character is Al's breakfast on 14th Av S.E. in Dinkytown at the U of M. If you've been there you understand the charm and if you haven't you have to experience the place. Regardless, the food is great.
Mildred Pierce Cafe on Randolph Ave. in St. Paul for the pancakes and eggs Benedict with hollandaise.
The Dakota, also in St. Paul, where on Sundays a jazz trio will stroll from table to table taking requests.
(Call in advance for music offerings)
The St. Paul Grill in the downtown hotel, where they serve mimosas with your brunch.