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MSP: Best breakfast

gezzell108 Feb 26, 2007 08:01 PM

i love breakfast and have been to a lot of good places in the area
some of my favorites are:

al's breakfast
hell's kitchen
bread and chocolate

what else is good?

  1. AnneInMpls Feb 26, 2007 09:33 PM

    Go to Maria's for the corn pancakes. This place is a must!!! See the "Best Pancakes" thread for more info.


    And I love brunch at the Birchwood Cafe, but only when it's not too busy. During peak times, it gets rather frantic, but it's not hard to avoid the crowds. (Did you know that they make waffles during the week? I didn't until last Friday, when a Birchwood buttermilk-cherry waffle saved me from almost-certain extinction.



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      dotMac Feb 26, 2007 10:13 PM

      Can't go wrong with some pastries from Rustica or Patrick's.

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        gezzell108 Feb 27, 2007 05:33 PM


      2. katebauer Feb 27, 2007 05:25 AM

        Speaking of Bread and Chocolate, I don't get the appeal. I used to live right at Grand and Victoria and was so excited by the idea of this cute cafe. However, it just seemed to be the plainer things/left overs from Cafe Latte. I never got breakfast there that I recall but the sandwiches are nothing special. Boring bread with sandwich fixings that I could just as easily pull out of my fridge. Was I missing something?

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          Nathan_1118 Feb 27, 2007 05:52 AM

          Same company as Cafe Latte, so that would make sense. They have a few things there that are consistently good. The egg and bacon or egg and sausage croissants are always good, as are the pain au chocolat. Other than that, I don't eat anything else there.

          1. re: katebauer
            chompchomp Feb 27, 2007 12:42 PM

            the sandwiches are standard, but the fabulous fudge bars and brownies are quite good.

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              gezzell108 Feb 27, 2007 05:31 PM

              i never eat food there but they have some pretty good pastries
              on sundays they have amazing cardamom cake stuff

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              KTFoley Feb 27, 2007 07:12 AM

              In Minneapolis:

              Colossal Cafe on 42nd & Cedar, for which there is a thread already:

              Maria's, on Franklin near Bloomington Ave., for the aforementioned chachapas venezolanas (corn pancakes).

              Victor's 1959 Cafe, on 38th and Grand, a hole-in-the-wall with Cuban breakfasts.

              Clicquot Club, on 25th Street near the Mississippi river, for some nice egg dishes and good coffee.

              In St. Paul:

              Day by Day Cafe, on West 7th, for blueberry pancakes w/bacon or the special.

              Bon Vie, on Selby, for omelets or the pancakes of the day.

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                snoboardbabe77 Feb 27, 2007 11:00 AM

                Hot Plate off Bloomington Ave S.
                Pop's in Dayton's Bluff (hit or miss but there are some things and the decor is very cute)
                I'm a sucker for the Edina Grill
                And I've said this before: BRUNCH at Redstone. Cannot beat a mimosa, caramel roll and a breakfast entree of your choice for $9.95

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                  kayakchick919 Feb 27, 2007 02:45 PM

                  The Sunnyside Up Cafe on Lyndale has AMAZING breakfast- lots of southwestern specialties here (Santa Fe french toast, Cowboy Tort, huevos rancheros, chorizo with eggs...). Fantastic for big appetites, 'cause the dishes are big enough to share!

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                    ellecm Feb 27, 2007 04:38 PM

                    I really like French Meadow on Lyndale.

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                      FishMPLS Feb 27, 2007 07:37 PM

                      i had an excellent breakfast at the Grand Cafe. The tables are nice and big, the service is great, and the breakfasts adventurous. But it's not the cheapest. I was there on a Saturday morning and it was almost empty.

                      Also, I second the Colossal Cafe.

                      It doesn't exist anymore, but does anyone remember the A and J Gem Cafe? That used to be the best. The American Gothic omelet had hashbrowns and gravy inside an omelet.

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                        dotMac Feb 27, 2007 08:15 PM

                        "The American Gothic omelet had hashbrowns and gravy inside an omelet."

                        Thanks for the idea!

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                          KTFoley Feb 27, 2007 09:35 PM

                          Was that the place where the outside of the building had "omelet" spelled five or six different ways? On Cedar or Bloomington?

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                            KTFoley Feb 27, 2007 09:37 PM

                            Grand Cafe just does brunch on the weekends now, right?

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