MSP: Looking for Uptown breakfast
An elderly friend is taking me out for breakfast on Saturday, and I'm looking for a nice place to go in Uptown-St.Louis Park area (the part near Lake Street/Excelsior Blvd.) But I'm stumped - I can't think of anything!
For this occasion, "a nice breakfast place" means: inexpensive (she's treating), table ordering and service (which leaves out French Meadow Bakery?), quiet enough to talk, and not too mobbed or crowded on a Saturday morning. And, of course, not a chain.
My friend has pretty traditional tastes, so exotically ethnic or wildly spicy wouldn't work. Also, she has a very small appetite, so I'm looking for a place that has small plates and side dishes, not just a few huge omelets or gigantic pancakes.
I would vote for Lucia's. I think it is the nicest spot for breakfast in town. It fits your criteria of: 1) table service, 2) quiet enought to talk, and 3) reasonable portion sizes. I am not sure how inexpensive you are looking for, but the pricing is at pairty or maybe $1-2 more than a place like French Meadow -- entrees typically are about $9-10. On top of that the food is excellent, fresh, and clean tasting. It is open from 10-2 for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and is typically less crowded on Saturdays.
How about Café Barbette? They have lovely, not-gigantic omelets and crepes, good coffee, and reasonable prices. I find it quite a charming spot and the patrons are from a wide range of age groups, so I think she would be comfortable there.
I realize that this is too late for the original poster's need, but I thought I'd chime in for future reference.
I love Cafe Barbette, for breakfast or otherwise. They have great coffee, top quality ingredients and thoughtful presentation. I would not, however, suggest that it's a cheap breakfast place. You do, however, generally get what you pay for.