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May 23, 2008 09:53 AM

MSP A Challenge! Breakfast spot central to...

OK, I have a throw-down challenge... Winner gets my eternal thanks. :)

Are you up for it? 3... 2... 1... and go!

Task: Suggest a DECENT breakfast spot central to folks coming from Minnetonka (494/Hwy 7), St. Paul (Grand Ave), and Apple Valley.

All I can think of are the usual suspects (IHOP (by MOA), Perkins, Embers, Denny's,
IKEA (would you really want to venture in there on a Saturday morning!?)).

Anyone have any other good ideas?

PS special thanks to whoever added the MSP at the beginning of the subject -- I totally forgot that! (and I even thought about it!)

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  1. Yep, that's tough. Too bad the Lincoln Dell is no more.

    One thought is Patrick's French Bakery near Southdale. Fabulous Almond Croissants, café au lait, and Alsatian quiches. Not bacon and eggs, but everything is quite good.

    Or just make everyone go to Bon Vie on Selby in St. Paul, and tell them that's what they get for living in the suburbs. Bon Vie is the best weekend brkfst spot in town. They have great traditional stuff, plus lighter, creative dishes, as well as great takes on hash.

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    1. re: Michael Florey

      Trust me, I didn't forget about Bon Vie! Next to Al's it ties as one of my faves. (and I don't have to cross the river to get there!)

      1. re: Michael Florey

        Patrick's does serve hot breakfasts (egg dishes, quiche, and the like) now, but I think the quality is pretty indifferent.

        Via Cafe, on France across from Southdale, does a pretty good Sunday brunch, starting at 10 AM. They don't have a Saturday brunch.

        In the MOA area, you might consider having a hotel breakfast. The Sofitel (not really close to the MOA, but not too far down 494) probably has the best quality, but any of the higher-end hotels (Hilton, Hyatt, Westin, Marriott, etc.) will most likely do a perfectly fine breakfast.

        In south central Minneapolis, Hot Plate @ 52nd and Bloomington is pretty good. I really like the mod-rec-room-of-the-50s decor. Turtle Bread @ 48th and Chicago is OK.

        1. re: Michael Florey

          Went to Bon Vie for breakfast today. Everything on the menu looks enticing. I had blueberry pecan pancakes with bacon, all good. Also a taste of my friend's potatoes o'brien which was very cheesey and very good (but could have been a little hotter.) She had the crab eggs benedict and I forgot to ask her how they were, but they looked beautiful.

          Relaxed and nice attentive service.

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          1. The Good Earth at the Galleria does breakfast and are better than your list of "usual suspects." Or, you could always do dim sum at Mandarin Kitchen (Bloomington)!

            Mandarin Kitchen
            8766 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

            Good Earth Restaurant
            3460 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435

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            1. re: minnesotajane

              Great call, minnesotajane, on Mandarin Kitchen for dim sum!


            2. The New Uptowner at Lexington and Grand in St. Paul. Good bacon. Mmmmm. Bacon.

              So what if the person wise enough to live in St. Paul doesn't have to drive...

              1. Hi, Jim. Been a while. Colossal Cafe on 42nd just east of Cedar is fantastic, but small. Town Talk Diner does a good job, and you can have a bloody mary. Victor's 1959 at 38th and Grand was good (but that was a while ago). Sunnyside Up at 27th and Lyndale has some nice Mexican influences on breakfast (but the coffee sucks).