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Post-run Valentines Brunch this Sat [MSP]

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So were running the valentine's day 5k at lake harriet and wanted something to eat after - saturday also marks the end of the vegan project, so all bets are off (though we'd prefer something on the lighter side, despite cravings for sunny side up's cornflake french toast).

Where should we go? Caveats and restrictions: 1. well just have run a 5k - im gonna have a change of clothes but white table cloths are probalby not ideal. 2. somewhere between lake harriet and st paul. 3. good food, fun place and not somewhere we are likely to have to wait for more than an hour (ill be pretty hungry once im done running).

Some options we have considered include Victors (ive never been) and Common Roots (which is close to what i want, but may offer too few options). I dont get out to south minneapolis all that often so im not sure if there are some good neighborhood spots that i havent even considered, so i'm turning to you all for some help.

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  1. Colossal Cafe. See previous posts on this spot.

    1. Colossal is a good choice, but may require a wait on a weekend morning.

      The corn pancakes at Maria's would appeal to me after a 5k.

      1. Cafe Twenty-Eight in Linden Hills off of Harriet ... spectacular brunch, Larry Schultz eggs, Fisher Farms bacon, killer corncakes and almost nothing over $10. But it is tiny, and it is popular, so a wait it likely ...

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        Cafe Twenty-Eight
        2724 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

        1. My recs would be Hot Plate, Citizen Cafe, or Town Talk Diner (though Town Talk may be a little far north for you.)

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          Town Talk Diner
          2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

          Hot Plate
          5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

          Citizen Cafe
          2403 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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          1. re: drew13000

            Hot Plate is an absolute zoo on weekends. I made the mistake of going there on a very similar occasion to tex.s.toast -- met people there after doing the MN Ironman 100-mile bike ride (actually the day/ride my avatar came from!). We had to stand and wait for over an hour, then were crammed into a tiny booth. It was leg cramp city.

            Food was good though.

          2. I'd second the idea of Maria's, particularly if you've never been. It's big enough that you'd probably not have a problem waiting for very long.

            Barbette also has a good breakfast. I'm usually with two younger boys when we go there, so I'm always there on the early side. I don't know whether they get busy or not.

            1. Maria's is a very nice suggestion. Their corn pancakes are delicious. I like Bryant Lake Bowl for breakfast. It is usually busy, but not crazy. Last time we went on a Saturday the vast majority of the tables were full, but we did not have to wait. They have oatmeal/granola sorts of breakfasts as well as heartier breakfasts. I have not been to Common Roots for brunch, but their bagels are really good (at least for the Twin Cities) so if bagels/bagel sandwiches sound good that is definitely a good option..

              1. Grand Bakery is great. Might be crowded, but it is a sweet place. There is always Lucia's of course, and Barbette does a nice breakfast. They just changed their quiche tho - BIG MISTAKE. Skip it. Used to be the best thing on the menu. Their Scramble is a deal.

                1. Blackbird @ 50th & Bryant - I'm going there after the run!

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                  1. re: reggie1465

                    Best hashbrowns EVER

                  2. Skip Common Roots and go to French Meadow next door. Consistently one of my favorite places to have breakfast in the Cities. And at the post-run time you might have the option for lunch as well.

                    1. For some reason maria's didnt appeal to me, and we were tenth in line at victor's when we decided to go elsewhere. we waited less han 5 minutes at colossal cafe for some really outstanding food, and not because I was starving.

                      To start we got a savory scone with fresh spinach and blue cheese, which struck a nice balance between subtle flavoring and nice light texture. The breakfast sandwiches are like the classiest mcmuffins ever, except i got mine on flapper which was like a perfection of the mcgriddle (ill admit to having eaten a mcmuffin in an airport once, mcgriddles i do not touch). the eggs they put in the sandwiches are exceptionally light and tasty. Side of hashbrowns was simple but ultra competent, and everything was very reasonably priced, like bout 15 bucks before taxes for what we ordered (i saw their BLT is 7.99 which seems a bit steep but without seeing it what do i know).

                      Definitely a very good call, thanks to KT and MSPD.