Breakfast in Minneapolis + 'Burbs
Where can I find great breakfast in the middle of the week either in Minneapolis or the surrounding suburbs? Excluding Perkins/Denny's/IHOP/Original Pancake House. We've been to Fat Nat's Eggs in New Hope and Hell's Kitchen.
Any suggestions? My boyfriend and I both work bizarre schedules and love great breakfast foods but have only been able to find weekend brunches.
In addition to the above suggestions, I like the Uptown Diner (esp. the crabcake eggs benedict, and the southwest burrito), the Longfellow Grill/Highland Grill/Edina Grill, and the Highland Cafe.
Highland Cafe and Bakery
2012 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN 55116
2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406
5028 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Highland Grill - duplicate
771 Cleveland Ave, S St Paul, MN
Al's is really great. Go during the week if you can so it's less busy and try to go after 10 so Doug Grina will be there- the man's awesome. They make their own everything. yeah, their staff is a little sassy, but it takes a strong hand to keep that place orderly. The eggs benny is great, and also try the jose, but not at the same time or you'll explode.
CH friends and I have breakfast at least once a week - hope I can give you some suggestions.
I have to admit, I am not a fan of Key's. I don't mind it, but it has never been my first choice. I've been to Key's in DT, Roseville, off Raymond -- and while no one is better than the other, it's a lot of food for a moderate price, service is fairly prompt, and while I love greasy breakfast just as much as the next person, sometimes I don't think they take the time to make good quality food. The last few times I've been there - the hashbrowns and bacon have not been as crisp as I remember and their signature cinnamon and caramel rolls seemed not as solid as I remember.
I finally went over to Good Day Cafe and I usually like to head to a place 3 times before making a decision -but it wasn't WOWEE like everyone else has claimed it to be. We were in a large party and while they're little donut-type things were really light and tasty; the majority of our meals were mediocre. One CH friend ordered the brioche with almonds, etc. and it sounded amazing -and when it came, she said it was just okay. The huevos rancheros was plentiful and had two different types of salsa -- and was definitely a large portion. If you go there, definitely do it during the week--weekends are ridiculous. I stuck with my tried and true eggs benedict, and for me, it was a 6.5.
Hot Plate off Bloomington Avenue has always been a good staple choice for me. I have always had extremely friendly service; the food arrives hot and quick; if there is a wait, there is free coffee available and the place is always packed. The price point is reasonable and you get enough food for your belly. They have your standard breakfast entrees, but their specials tend to have a twist (lingoberry pancakes, etc).
Bon Vie off Selby in St Paul was a recent find of mine - and both my CH friend and I really enjoyed it. Friend had a slice of quiche and a small side of a really good mixed frisee salad - I ordered once again, eggs benedict and hands down, it is THE BEST. It must be considering I paid $10.95 for it WITHOUT any type of potato side (which I usually need). They are true eggs benedict-no hollandaise sauce laying around and there is the solid lemon essence that true bennies should have. Bistro style, a bit quieter...and the service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly.
Day By Day Cafe in St Paul is a decent option - hopefully not as busy during the week as on weekends and now the back patio should be open. Service I have noticed can be much slower-but they're friendly enough so it's not so bad.
Zeno Cafe in Uptown - the few times I have been here, I have enjoyed it-mainly because they serve a variety of french press and I like that option. I've usually gotten egg-bake type dishes here, and the bacon is chewy, hearty and moderately crisp. I don't get over there much anymore because I don't like to find parking over there!
I know it's a chain and I may get snickers-but I have to admit, on weekends, Redstone (though it doesn't begin til 11AM) has a really good breakfast menu. For $9.95 - you can choose a variety of breakfast entrees and it comes complete with a mimosa, coffee or juice AND a huge plate of a caramel roll. That's a pretty good deal and actually, the food is very tasty.
I also do like French Meadow for breakfast. What they do, they do it well. I've had many a breakfast dishes there and have been pleased.
Hell's Kitchen - that's a no brainer. It's good food. Period.
I also recently went to Cafe Twenty Eight-after browsing their menu hundreds of times, my friends went there for a brunch date. I have to admit-I'm totally unimpressed by this place. Can others confirm this or try and convince me otherwise? I SO wanted to like this place but the food was bland, and service only okay. We ordered everything from pancakes to coffee cake to a blue cheese egg scramble to huevos rancheros - which should be spicy and had no kick to it at all.
dh and i went to cafe twenty eight as part of my little project, brunchquest, and i haven't been inspired enough to write it up. we went because it's co-owned by one of the owners of surly, the local microbrew phenom, and because it's in such a cute old fire station with reputedly a wonderful patio. unfortunately, we got there in the middle of a rainstorm, so the patio was closed and the echo-y, indoor seating area was a bit crammed with families (note that cafe twenty eight has a kids' menu, which we didn't know before we arrived) and it was very loud, with lots of unrestrained youthful shrieking. it's beyond me why people would take really little kids out for breakfast with toy weaponry-- yes, your little angel *will* run around and hit people with that plastic pirate sword. bring a damn teddy bear next time, doofus!
anyway: i will say that the ambiance would have been much more pleasant if the patio was open. dh sampled surly "two", named in honor of surly's 2nd anniversary. it was a very strong beer with interesting cranberry and chocolate notes, acidic finish. we liked a taste but wouldn't order more than one. the menu advertised "tea leaves" but when i ordered, the server brought me a lame generic tea bag.
i ordered the salmon scramble which tasted good for about the first three bites and then got cold and a little horrid. dh ordered chilaquiles which were the same. we would both have preferred portions 1/2 the size. the food seems to be made with good ingredients but the execution was off for us. i agree with you, Snoboardbabe, i'm not rec-ing cafe twenty eight on the basis of food or service.
re your other recs: hells kitchen is *such* a no brainer, yes.
fwiw i have recently eaten at the key's in white bear lake a couple of times after not eating at any of the keys locations for years (sick of overpriced mediocre food there). i think the wbl key's food is pretty good, might be the best food around there, i don't know. i won't eat at the raymond key's when jay's is right there two doors down, or dt when hell's and everything else is around, though. i know that french meadow is popular and i like to stop by for a pastry once in a while but i can't eat there, the place drives me nuts! this is more of a personal preference thing than a diss on the food, though. everyone should feel free to ignore me.
Well you've already been to Hell's Kitchen, my personal favorite for breakfast...however some other greats are Maria's (East on Franklin Street) where the food is delicious and VERY reasonably priced. French Meadow on Lyndale in uptown is always a local favorite. I like Key's as well but have noticed I like it less and less lately. Not sure if its because they are heading downhill or if the more recently opened breakfast restaurants are just that much better.
Key's Bar & Grill at the Foshay
821 Marquette Ave. S
Category: American-Casual, Breakfast
Rating (Scale 1-10, with 10 being the highest):
Recommendation: Very good. A family café offering generous portions of home-cooked food, Key’s is one of our favorite breakfast places in the Twin Cities.
The original Key’s opened up in 1973 in St. Paul and since then, Barbara Hunn and her family have opened up 6 more locations in the Twin Cities. Key’s is a Twin Cities institution where breakfast is concerned and has made many local and national “Best Breakfast” lists. We used to love going to the location on Nicollet Mall downtown but that has now moved to the Foshay Tower on Marquette Avenue. The Foshay location is much bigger, offers breakfast all day and also serves desserts, lunch, and dinner. Most of Key’s locations have a small town diner feel to them but the Foshay location, with its yellow lighting and chandeliers is very charming. It also offers outdoor seating. They offer a Happy hour from 3pm-7pm and have free delivery until 9pm.
We’ve tried various different things from their breakfast menu and have never been disappointed. Their Two Eggs, Sausage with Toast costs $6.75 and is always very good. The Specialty Pancakes are also good and come in flavors such as Blueberry Bran, Raisin Walnut, Banana Pecan, and Granola. The Banana Pecan is delicious and has chunks of mashed banana. The Eggs Benedict is another favorite. The Hollandaise sauce is nice. The last time we were there the English Muffin was slightly undercooked. The Hashbrowns are great, nice and crispy on the outside. The Cajun Skillet, which is Scrambled Eggs with Andouille Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomato, Onions, and Hollandaise sauce is great. The Sausage is incredibly flavorful and the dish comes with crispy potato chunks on the side. We’ve never tried their burgers but they seem very popular and the portions look huge. Desserts also seem to be popular here with their Pies, Rolls, Cakes, Brownies, etc. For dinner, they serve comfort foods such as Meatloaf, Roast Beef, Turkey dinners, etc.
Key’s is always crowded for weekend brunch so don’t expect stellar and attentive service. Despite our low expectations on service, we were really disappointed by our server the last time we were there. The service was really slow and the server was nonchalant.
$. Breakfast dishes are under $10.
Update (Sep 23, 2007) – We tried the location on 500 N. Robert St in St. Paul today. The Mexican Omelet was a hodge podge of ingredients including chilies, salsa, sour cream, beans, cheese…it tasted ok but didn’t resemble an omelet, if that’s what you are looking for. The Ham and Cheese Sandwich was good and came with crispy fries that were delicious.
And Moose and Sadies...
Moose and Sadie’s Coffeehouse
212 3rd Ave N
Rating (Scale 1-10, with 10 being the highest):
Service: N/A (order at the counter)
Recommendation: Very Good. This neighborhood casual eatery serves a small but diverse menu and is a great place to hang out and enjoy a café style breakfast, while reading a paper (or writing a restaurant review).
Moose and Sadie’s is a casual place located in the North Loop in downtown Minneapolis. This restaurant draws a funky and eclectic crowd of all ages from the many lofts and condos within walking distance of it. Located in an old brick building, the interior picks up from the details of the exterior – exposed brick, large windows overlooking North 3rd Ave, and high ceilings. The primary colors in the interior are white and apple green and these add to the casual look of the place.
The menu is small and you can pick from breakfast entrees, sandwiches, salads, and a host of bakery items like scones, muffins, quiches, and sweet rolls. Although open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we have only been here for the weekend brunch and sampled the breakfast foods. The Huevos Rancheros (corn tortillas, roasted tomato salsa, eggs, refried beans, cheese, sour cream, and avocado) is excellent and the kitchen does a great job combining an array of ingredients to produce a dish that is distinct and makes your taste buds dance. The Breakfast Quesadilla (a potato and chipotle gouda quesadilla with scrambled eggs, black beans, salsa, guacamole and sour cream) is along the lines of the Rancheros and is very good. The Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancake (w/ roasted black plums, almonds, and maple syrup) is light and literally melts in your mouth - the plums add a little bit of tartness to the sweet flavor of the pancakes. The restaurant advertises organic eggs, real butter, and homemade bread and you can see the amazing result of all three in the Ham, Mushrooms, Rosemary, and Mozzarella Omelette. We also liked the Caramel Pecan Roll – it’s sticky and crunchy and not as sweet as most cinnamon rolls. Oh, did I mention they have a large coffee menu as well? You order at the counter inside and can sit in the restaurant or the sidewalk seating area. One of the quirky wait staff brings you your food quickly. Although the portions are not terribly large, you won’t leave here hungry and we’re sure you’ll be back.
$. Plenty of metered street parking is available on 3rd Ave N and 2nd St.
Love Wilde Roast...see review from our blog.
Wilde Roast Cafe
518 Hennepin Ave E
Category: Breakfast, Cafe
Rating (Scale 1-10, with 10 being the highest):
Service: N/A (order at counter
Recommendation: Very good. They serve what might be the finest sweet breakfast entrée in the Twin Cities…enough said.
We’re guilty of having driven past Wilde Roast Café a hundred times, each time wondering what it was all about, and having never stepped in to witness it firsthand. As luck would have it, one Saturday morning, we ended up at Wilde Roast – to be perfectly honest it was an afterthought given that our primary option was closed. Wilde Roast is a neighborhood eatery located in Northeast Minneapolis (at the corner of Hennepin and Central). As you enter the restaurant, your visual senses are bombarded by a myriad of colors, textures, and objects that adorn the interior of this Victorian-inspired café. The noir leather chairs, burgundy walls, dark ceilings, and funky creepy art, that most eateries wouldn’t dare hang in their dining areas, add a great deal of charm to the interior. We salute the owners, who inspired by Oscar Wilde, have created a cozy café that is apt for lounging.
They serve breakfast till 11am on weekdays, and 1pm on weekends and the menu has a nice selection of sweet and savory entrees, including twists on the classics. Our favorite on their menu is the Crème Brulee French Toast, the textures and flavors of which still ring vividly in the mind. The cinnamon-roll shaped French toast has a caramel crusty top and a center that contains chunks of peach and cherry. Add some toasted pecans and small amounts of whipped cream and maple syrup and you’ve got a sweet breakfast entrée that’s at the head of its class. The combination of chewy, crusty exterior and soft interior is deadly and this dish has just the right amount of sweetness – its heaven on a plate. We also ordered the Basic Breakfast with eggs sunny side up and although it doesn’t live up to the French toast, it was a good breakfast meal. For dessert, the Flourless Chocolate Cake is dense, rich, decadent and perfect for two. Service here is friendly and efficient – you order at the counter and your meal is brought out to your table.
$. Breakfast options are under $10. They also serve lunch and dinner.
Moose & Sadie's. Absolutely my fave brekkers place. Nice ambience, tasty food, great crew, and now that spring is here (hahahahahahahahaha) they'll have their outdoor seating set up.
Best huevos in town.
I like it better than Wilde Roast, but I haven't had everything on either menu, yet.
Moose & Sadie's
212 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
I have to concur with Loren. We do Moose & Sadie's at least once a month. I love to get the huevos with a ginger limeade. Great service, terrific space and we always see friends (and local bartenders) there. Such a great combo!
Also, their quiches are top-shelf and they always have vegetarian options.
I have to disagree with Loren3, but only a little. I do brunch 3 times each month at either Moose & Sadie's or Wilde Roast. Both have a great atmosphere, fun people watching and very good food. I prefer that MS changes it's menu often but the pastries and coffee are far superior at WR. Actually, I dislike the coffee at MS and usually go with an OJ. I've heard the chai tea at MS is very good...if you're into that. The ginger limeade, that foureyes137 mentioned, tweaks my interest.
No one can top the breakfast from Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis!! I used to really enjoy the breakfast food and portions at the Uptown BAR but that's gone. 3 Squares in Maple Grove, I remember as having a very nice breakfast menu. Keys in Spring Lake Park is plentiful and decent. Al's during a weekend gives me major anxiety and I don't think the breakfast is top-tier.
That's all I can think of right now. If one sees Nueske's bacon on a menu, it's a place to eat. I love that sh..
Wilde Roast Cafe
518 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Moose & Sadie's
212 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
89 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Get yourselves to Maria's Cafe for corn pancakes. Your lives will never be the same.
Then see these threads:
Breakfast places in Twin Cities
Best Pancakes MSP
MSP: Best breakfast
st paul breakfast places for book club
1113 E Franklin Ave Ste 102, Minneapolis, MN 55404
P.S. If you haven't been to Al's Breakfast, you should give it a try. I think they serve breakfast until 1:00 or 2:00 pm (when they close).
[EDIT TO ADD: The places link won't stay on this post, but see this link for info.]
And here's another thread to check out:
MSP: Best Eggs Benedict??