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I need to plan a brunch for a group of 8 in the next few weeks. The last time that I went to brunch was at Famous Dave's in 2002 (quite good). I'm not looking for anything fancy but just good, hearty food. I also don't want to be shoulder-to-shoulder because it's the new "it" place to be. What are some of your favorite brunch spots that have a good buffet or menu selection?

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  1. here is a question to answer your question. anyone tried brunch at stanley's?

    http://www.stanleysbarroom.com/food/b...

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    1. re: zfwp

      Just brunch or brunch buffets? I love brunch. In St Paul, I like Bon Vie (quiches, eggs benedict) and W.A. Frost.

      In Mpls, I like the Grand Cafe, decent but not outstanding is Cafe Twenty-Eight, Hot Plate (there are some hit or misses - Lingonberry pancakes, the huevos rancheros, the salmon scramble are better bets).

      I'm not totally sold on Hell's Kitchen in Mpls like a lot of other people are-but it's a popular destination & large enough that you probably don't have to wait long.

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      Hell's Kitchen
      80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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

      Hot Plate
      5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417

      Bon Vie
      518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      1. re: snoboardbabe77

        Blackbird Cafe is doing Brunch again.

        Ngon Bistro has an interesting brunch menu.

      2. re: zfwp

        ok i will respond to my question... i tried Stanley's. it was good for a tavern. i had the smoked brisket breakfast fajitas. nicely done. potential danger alert!!! the 99 cent bloody mary's are very good.

        http://www.stanleysbarroom.com/food/b...

      3. In South Minneapolis, Al Vento does an excellent brunch buffet. Can't remember the cost, but I remember thinking that given the quality of the food, the price was very reasonable.

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        Al Vento
        5001 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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        1. re: foreverhungry

          Yes foreverhungry, I second Al Vento. $14 buffet, including bottomless mimosas. I love that I live in the neighborhood, so I can walk over there, eat and drink to my heart's content, and then walk home and nap it off. However, brunch is Sunday only, 10-2. Totally worth it. Eggs bendict, mini-belgian waffles, lox, cheeses, prosciutto, usually a potato, green salad, their house-made meatballs. Seriuosly never had a more delish brunch buffet. But don't tell everyone- its not that busy :)

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          Al Vento
          5001 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        2. My favorite in St. Paul is Meritage.
          Top two in MPLS are Red Stag and Barbette.

          All three are ala carte versus buffet style, and all could easily handle a party of eight.

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          Meritage
          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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          1. re: run2eat

            Love Meritage for brunch!

            ~TDQ

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            Meritage
            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          2. The Creekside Cafe in the Radisson Hotel (3131 Campus Drive, Plymouth) has a very nice buffet brunch--I think weekends only.

            1. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm intrigued by the Red Stag. What did you like about their brunch?

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              1. re: GutGrease

                Red Stag has great baked goods and house made jam, fun breakfast cocktails and juice drinks, and some creative twists on breakfast classics. Great biscuits and gravy too!

              2. Jax in NE has an amazing Brunch Buffet!

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                Jax Cafe
                1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

                1. Has anyone eaten the brunch at Fabulous Ferns?

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                  1. re: GutGrease

                    Yes. It's fine, but if you're on Selby Avenue, Bon Vie is much better and no more expensive.

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                    Bon Vie
                    518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

                    1. re: Michael Florey

                      Agreed. I've eaten at Fab Fern's plenty of times-and for brunch. The brunch is pretty typical - fruit, mini cinnamon rolls/caramel rolls, eggs, bacon, etc. but for the price, Bon Vie is much much better (no buffet there but the items are better quality) ....so unless you're set on having a Bloody Mary or something, Bon Vie is much better

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                      Bon Vie
                      518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102