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Mar 9, 2008 03:09 PM

St. Paul breakfast

We're heading to a show at the Ordway in late March, and we're staying downtown that evening. We would like to have a great breakfast on Sunday morning before heading home. Where should we go? We really don't need anything fancy....just plain yummy. Thanks!

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  1. Me, I'd go to Day by Day Cafe, El Burrito Mercado, or Capitol View Cafe (untried by me, but it sounds great). All yummy and not fancy, but they're not quite in downtown St. Paul, so you'll need a car. See this thread for more ideas:


    Day By Day Cafe
    477 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    El Burrito Mercado
    175 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107

    Capital View Cafe
    637 Smith Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55107

    1. Depends on what your personal definition of yummy is, but I'd consider Mickey's Diner, a downtown institution which has been open 24 hours a day since World War II...

      Mickey's Diner
      36 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      1. I haven't tried El Burrito for breakfast, but I've been to Capital View, Day By Day, and Mickey's. My take is that they're all good. If it's a nice morning (unlikely in late March, but it could happen), breakfast on the back patio at DbD is a wonderful meal. Mickey's has it over the other two for the tell-everyone-about-it experience (Mickey's and Cossetta's being the two restaurants in St. Paul that everyone seems to recognize). CV offered good food and a more sedate experience in the two times I've been there.

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        1. re: steve_in_stpaul

          Mickey's has the atmosphere (in a tawdry kind of way) but would you recommend the food? It's been years since I've been there, but never was real impressed.

          Now Day by Day is another matter. Real downhome homemade breakfast. Great quality. The inside is fun and quirky and the outside patio is very restful and nice. My favorite breakfast there is the Earth Breakfast: scrambled eggs in hashbrowns and onions with cheese melted over and toast. The full range of breakfast options including waffles, pancakes, rolls, all kinds of egg dishes and fruit. Everything homemade.

        2. Me? I'd head up Cathedral Hill to the New Louisiana Cafe at Selby and Dale. Frosts probably has a nice brunch too, although I haven't actually eaten brunch there.

          W.A. Frost & Co
          374 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

          Louisiana Cafe
          613 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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          1. re: bob s

            I like the "cajun" dishes and Louisiana Cafe.

            Bon Vie, a little cafe on Selby not too far-ish from Louisiana Cafe has good breakfasts, too, though it's been awhile since I've been there. More of a coffeehouse kind of setting.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Is Bon Vie the cafe associated with A Piece of Cake Bakery? In any case, here's the Places link. (Follow the link to see their menu.)


              Bon Vie
              518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                Yes, they are connected somehow, though I don't know exactly what the connection is. As you can see from my link, they seem to share a website... What more they share, I don't know.


            2. re: bob s

              I second the recommendation for Bon Vie. They serve delicious plates of hash and a really rich eggs benedict.

              The Louisiana Cafe didn't meet my expectations on my one visit there (one visit because I didn't feel like it was worth going back). The hash browns were undercooked, the pancakes had that stingingly sweet from-a-mix taste, and I felt that everything was overpriced.

              1. re: Quince

                For anyone who cares about homemade or not, Louisiana Cafe uses a mix
                for their hollandaise, and I would bet money it has yellow dye in it. I prefer
                food made from scratch if at all possible.

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