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Brunch in MSP

Just wondering if anyone knows of a good place to get Sunday brunch in the twin cities, and by brunch I do mean buffet style. I know most don't associate buffets with good food, but if anyone knows of somewhere that has one they would consider very good I would really appreciate it. Thanks for the help.

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  1. I enjoy the Sunday brunch at Jax in NE Minneapolis. The food is good (not great), there's a nice variety, and the room is classic clubhouse-meets-ladies' luncheon. Also, if you make a reservation, they'll print up matchbooks with your name on them.

    1. The Sunday AYCE brunch buffet at 20.21 in the Walker is fun--especially if you can combine it with a museum visit. Personally, I wasn't blown away by the food as I'd expected to be based on Dara's City Pages review, but it was a notch or two above standard buffet food--and I love the salmon pizza they brought to our table. (They serve coffee, champagne, and the pizza to you at your table--the rest is all buffet style). Not inexpensive, though!


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        We loved the brunch at 20.21. I would consider the food very good, and the ambience is fantastic-- especially if you get a table by the windows.

        We also enjoyed the brunch at Santorini. (although it's been several months, and I've read a lot of slams on their nonbrunch recently). At least a couple dozen cold and warm salad options, tasting very fresh, along with entrees and desserts. Their food during the rest of the week isn't as good. They are closing soon, though.

        Not a big fan of the brunch at Al Vento. Options are far too limited for my taste.

        1. re: cheeseguysgirl

          RE: 20.21 I think the food is pretty good--falling short of even very good in my opinion-- and on the pricier side. It's solid, but not exceptional. A couple of the desserts were really not so great when I was there. Most of the rest of the stuff is pretty basic brunch fare, except for the pizzetta, which I thought was unique--Puck's signature, really. It's not a fantastic value, in my opinion, if that sort of thing matters to you (it does to me, I'm afraid). But, you're right, you can't beat the world-class venue of the Walker!


      2. I don't know that I would necessarily pick this place before others based on quality alone, but the food is at least good, and the scope and dearth of the choices are impressive. The Famous Dave's in Uptown (a place I don't otherwise care for) puts on a pretty good AYCE Sunday brunch, complete with free live music. The bacon is good, as is the cheese eggs. They have good french toast and pancakes, with praline syrup, fruit topping, and fresh whipped cream. They have a made-to-order waffle stand and made-to-order omelette stand. A bloody mary bar (for an extra price). Tons of salads and desserts. Something for everyone, and it doesn't suck. Tons of food.

        The food for Campeillo's brunch is better, but it's served family style at the table rather than buffet style.

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        1. re: pgokey

          The brunch at Kozlaks is a little pricey (21.95 I think?) but it's a great place to take family and it's a jazz brunch. However, for less expensive-I actually think Fabulous Fern's off Selby has a fairly good brunch buffet. It's not over the top but they have an excellent fruit selection (sometimes with more variety like mango, starfruit, etc), good standard coffee-cake type selections (everything from chocolate chip/banana to blueberry to cinnamon to lemon poppyseed), crisp bacon, solid egg dishes, french toast, and the list goes on (and desserts at a separate table)---$12.95 I think? Fairly reasonable.

        2. The brunch buffet at Dixie's on Grand has always tasted good to me, but it's a bit spendy ($20-25/ea)

          1. I 2nd the Jax in NE, very good buffet food, classic setting in this grand old place.

            1. The brunch buffet at Al Baker's in Eagan is decent. The food isn;t the most amazing but they do a fine job on all the standards, have delicious cinnamon rolls, and the brunch costs under $10 (it was either $8.95 or $9.95, I forget which) and includes a mimosa.

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              1. re: MN Law Student

                I would NOT recommend Al Bakers. Last time I was there it looked to me like they just raided the bakery at a grocery store and put those items out. It is inexpensive but you get what you pay for. Champps has a pretty standard buffet- - nothing out of the ordinary but your basics for a decent price.

              2. For very good vegetarian Indian with a lot of variety, try Nalapak at 50th and
                Central in Mpls. $12 or so with tax. And cute babies and beautiful saris.

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                1. re: faith

                  Place link:

                  Nala Pak
                  4920 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

                2. I hadn't been to a brunch buffet in years, but yesterday we unexpectedly ended up at the M St. Cafe (the casual place in the basement of the St. Paul Hotel). I expected to be underwhelmed (buffets typically disappoint me too), but I was actually quite impressed with the meal. It wasn't cheap (I think it was around $20 per person, not including beverages), but it was good! Especially the bacon and the excellent quality berries. Not so much the dijon catfish. Still overall, very pleasing and a nice variety of choices.

                  Here's a link to the web site, which has a menu:


                  St Paul Grill
                  350 Market Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

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                  1. re: diesel

                    not a buffet, but FYI the brunch @ st paul grille is also awesome.

                    1. re: reannd

                      There are lots of brunch places in town that are delish. I think we've refrained from giving those recs since the OP specifically asked for buffet options.

                      1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                        While I understand the desire for brunch it's the one meal that always leaves me a little stumped and grumpy for paying so much to get fresh fruit chunks and overcooked eggs. I guess I prefer to make my own and invite people over. I do make kickass eggs. And hollandaise. And Mimosas.

                        My brother however has always been a devout brunch fan and I think would eat it three meals a day if it were available. Wait, he'd eat it three meals a day if there was a carving station at this mythical 24 hour brunch spot.

                        For classic brunch I've recently been dragged to Jax which was good and went willingly to Nicollet Island Inn which though classic in presentation felt like a rip-off. Bear in mind I'm a cheapskate.

                        Non buffet options abound but again I feel taken advantage of when paying 15 dollars for eggs I can cook better at home.

                        1. re: MplsM ary

                          I'm with you for the most part Mary, however brunch buffets are a deal for me when they include any of the following: made to order malted waffles (pain in the neck to try and make myself), smoked salmon (or trout, etc), lamb. In those cases I simply eat just those things. I figure I'm evening-out the pricing model for all people that just eat eggs and fruit.

                        2. re: cheeseguysgirl

                          understand. just mentioned it because diesel brought up st paul hotel :)

                    2. I hesitate to mention this, as I've not tried it myself, but a good friend of mine tried the new buffet brunch at Trockadero's. She said it was quite good. I've had good food at Trock's before, but others on this post have had bad experiences, so consider that before going.

                      1. A bit of a drive but the Brunch at the Wilds is very good for the money.

                        1. Anyone tried the brunch /buffet @ the Independent?

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                          1. re: reannd

                            I have, and it was fair. Not a big selection, but not very expensive-- although, both times I ate there and paid with my credit card, I came home to find that they had charged me an extra dollar. I won't return because of that.