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Relaxing, light breakfast spot


We just moved here a couple of weeks ago and are looking forward to our foodie adventures in the Twin Cities!!

We're looking for a relaxing place to go for breakfast in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Hubby said he wanted a place that had good "apple streudle as well as poached eggs"
Not sure if we're going to be able to find that, but basically looking for a light breakfast (healthier fare preferably) with reasonable prices, fresh, light pastries, great tea and coffee.

I've checked some other breakfast suggestions on the boards, but haven't found one for this specifically, would love to hear any ideas!

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  1. Welcome! Here are some of my favorite breakfast spots. Not super casual greasy-spoon type places, but the two are cafes with bakeries and the others are regular restaurants.

    Hmmm...no guarantees, but Bon Vie on Selby in St. Paul does a lovely breakfast and is a sister to "A Piece of Cake Bakery" across the street and will definitely have pastries, whether they have strudel, specifically, and whether they are "light", I don't know. They do have some lighter options on their menu, though.


    I don't know if French Meadow in Minneapolis does either poached eggs or strudel, but they do eggs for sure and have a full bakery. They definitely have options that hit the "healthy"/light requirement.


    I know Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis has strudel and I know they do breakfast, including at least one benedict dish (which means they must do poached eggs). But, I don't know if they offer strudel for breakfast or not--you could always ask. I've never been to breakfast there. I wonder if they serve it on their lovely patio this time of year? I can't imagine anything at Black Forest being "light" though. It's just not how I think of German food...


    Meritage in St. Paul does a lovely weekend brunch this time of year on their sidewalk patio. Poached eggs, yes, and housemade pastry--usually croissant. Not sure I would call this "light" or healthy, but delicious. I love their breakfast potatoes.


    Craftsman in Minneapolis does a lovely weekend brunch and, again, on the patio this time of year. The pastries rotate, so, again, not sure about the strudel.


    I'll bet Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley would fit the bill, too, with at least some good pastry options, though, again not necessarily strudel, but I've only been there for breakfast once, so I don't recall much. They don't have a website, but I'm sure you might find more if you did some googling or others chimed in.

    Good luck, and let us know how you fare.


    Black Forest Inn
    1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Bon Vie
    518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I like the food from the French Meadow Bakery - they have a rotating fruit pancake that I have enjoyed previously and I liked their oatmeal the last time I was there. During the week, it would probably qualify as a relaxing breakfast, but in my experience, weekend breakfast at the French Meadow is anything but relaxing. The combination of ordering at the counter, trying to snag an open table, and not necessarily having the food come at the same time if you paid separately from your companion has lead me to avoid the French Meadow for weekend brunch and only to go if I happen to want weekday breakfast out.

      French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
      2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    2. Moose & Sadies. Done.


      Moose & Sadie's
      212 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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      1. re: Foureyes137

        I can't say enough about Day by Day: fabulous food, great coffee, a beautiful patio, and even the indoor seating is bright and inviting.

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

      2. Thank you! These are great suggestions. We'll be in the area this Saturday and I can hardly wait. Will check out the Mill Farmers Market as well, go for breakfast somewhere (we'll review all these and then have to make a tough choice!) then heading to Eat Street for Asian restaurants and grocery stores. We love dumplings and beef noodle soup- looking forward to it! Thanks again everyone!!!!

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        1. re: chocolatemint

          If you're looking for good Asian grocery store shopping, one of the best in the Twin Cities (if not the best?) is United Noodles - (http://www.unitednoodles.com/). It's a bit tough to find, but an excellent Asian market.

          If you're feeling a bit more adventurous and feel like venturing into St. Paul, you can try the Hmong Marketplace, (217 Como? I think that's it). Also a bit tough to find, but again, well worth the exploration.

          United Noodles
          920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

          1. re: chocolatemint

            Unsolicited advice... The best dumplings on Eat Street are at Evergreen, and the best beef noodle soup at Quang.

          2. If you're going to be in the Mill City area, try Spoonriver. They have brunch on weekends--really tasty, fresh, local organic, healthy, etc. If you can sit outside it's a beautiful spot right by the Guthrie theater and the farmer's market. I checked the menu, and they do have poached eggs :-).

            750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

            1. I second the Quang recommendation for Pho, and United Noodle for groceries!

              For your leisurely/healthy/pastry breakfast, I might suggest Zumbros in Linden Hills. Although maybe now I'll have to renege the "leisurely" part, as it can be a wait to get in. Someone else can chime in on that part...


              They definitely have the poached eggs, as I know they have benedicts. And they have fresh/healthy fare down. If you cant get your apple strudel fix there, you can walk on over to Great Harvest or Sebastian Joe's afterwards and they'll take good care of you. :


              Sebastian Joe's
              4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

              United Noodles
              920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

              Zumbro Cafe
              2803 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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              1. re: Dr.TriRunner

                I don't think Sebastian Joe's or Great Harvest do strudel. Black Forest is the only place I know of that does authentic strudel. I would bet it's available at breakfast and all day, it comes with a nice dollop of whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon. I do recall seeing strudel in Jewish deli type places in the East coast.....might be in the few such places remaining in this area. True strudel has very thin pastry....I've seen stuff in this area called strudel but made with puff pastry....not the same.

                Sebastian Joe's
                4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

                1. re: faith

                  How about Jerabek's New Bohemian Coffee House? It's not close to any other place you're planning to be, and what they call strudel doesn't have the authentic thin, layered dough (it's more like a filled coffee cake) . Plus, I've never been to their stand-alone cafe/bakery, so I don't know if the environment qualifies as relaxing and what they offer for breakfast (I think just quiche and "breakfast burritos").

                  But other than that, Jerabek's fits the bill perfectly! :-) And the almond strudel is delicious.


                  Coffee House
                  325 Clydesdale Trl, Hamel, MN 55340

              2. If your hubby can swap out a cinnamon roll for the strudel, I'd recommend Keys Cafe (several locations, but I like the one on Raymond Avenue in St. Paul). I'd also recommend Colossal Cafe at 42nd and Cedar for eggs and pastries. No strudel, but the signature flips are wonderful. You can finish getting your pastry fix by heading east on 42nd to A Baker's Wife at 28th Street.

                1. Thanks everyone for these amazing suggestions!

                  We ended up going to the Mill Street Farmers Market, bought some bakery items and yummy Indian spiced mini donuts. We have a 7-month old and she wasn't in the mood for a sit down breakfast place but now we have plenty of spots to choose from for the future!

                  We went to United Noodles (which I think we had been to before), some of their food is a bit pricey for us, but we did go to their deli counter for lunch (which I later find mentioned on Chowhound) and they have an EXCELLENT beef noodle soup (I'm referring to the Chinese variety here, although we love Vietnamese pho too) It was about $4.50 for the beef noodle soup at United Noodles, and it was absolutely delicious, with great flavor.

                  We are looking for Asian bakeries too and will have to check out Trung Nam French Bakery, am hearing plenty of good things on here about them. Especially love moon cakes.

                  We'll check out Evergreen Chinese too- can't get enough of those dumplings!

                  Have a great Sunday everyone, and happy eating!

                  Trung Nam French Bakery
                  739 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

                  Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
                  2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

                  United Noodles
                  920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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                  1. re: chocolatemint

                    You're getting out to some great places. Just fyi, I love Trung Nam for their croissants, but I don't think I've ever seen moon cakes there. Bravo! Bakery on Grand Ave in St. Paul has moon cakes in season, if you pre-order. They have lovely desserts other times of the year (cream puffs! green tea cake!) and pretty good vegetarian food, too.


                  2. I think I just answered my own question and found an Asian bakery mentioned on Chowhound- Keefer Court Bakery. I just mentioned it to my husband, because we just drove back to the suburbs from Minneapolis- and he was like
                    "Oh, yeah, that was on the GPS- but I didn't think it was Asian-
                    Keefer Court doesn't sound Asian...." (argh!!!!!)

                    Until next weekend...........my sweet tooth will have to wait.

                    Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe
                    326 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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                    1. re: chocolatemint

                      You definitely need to get to Keefer Court. The owners are originally from Hong Kong, I think.

                      In addition to their great bakery items (I lLOVE LOVE LOVE the curry beef buns), they have very good "sit down" food for lunch and dinner. I really like the roast duck wonton noodle soup. (They roast the duck there, and also have chicken and Chinese-style barbecue pork.) I recommend everything on the "Chef's Specialities" section of the menu, especially the fish dishes and the green beans with mushrooms, pork, and dried shrimp.

                      Oh, now I need to go to Keefer Court for dinner tomorrow!


                      P.S. Keefer Court is very casual and EXTREMELY friendly to small children. The owners' tiny nieces, nephews, and/or grandchildren are often there. So don't hesitate to go with your daughter.