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GutGrease Nov 22, 2010 07:57 AM

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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    zfwp RE: GutGrease Nov 22, 2010 10:22 AM

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

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

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      snoboardbabe77 RE: zfwp Nov 23, 2010 06:33 AM

      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

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        semanticantics RE: snoboardbabe77 Nov 23, 2010 07:58 AM

        Blackbird Cafe is doing Brunch again.

        Ngon Bistro has an interesting brunch menu.

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        zfwp RE: zfwp Nov 28, 2010 03:24 PM

        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...

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        foreverhungry RE: GutGrease Nov 23, 2010 08:42 AM

        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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          daniellempls RE: foreverhungry Dec 1, 2010 01:42 PM

          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

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          run2eat RE: GutGrease Nov 24, 2010 05:26 AM

          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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            The Dairy Queen RE: run2eat Nov 27, 2010 02:51 PM

            Love Meritage for brunch!

            ~TDQ

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            Meritage
            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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            Enso RE: GutGrease Nov 24, 2010 11:26 AM

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

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              GutGrease RE: GutGrease Nov 27, 2010 11:30 AM

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

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                run2eat RE: GutGrease Nov 28, 2010 12:50 PM

                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!

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                mnlakesman30 RE: GutGrease Nov 30, 2010 05:36 AM

                Jax in NE has an amazing Brunch Buffet!

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                Jax Cafe
                1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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                  GutGrease RE: GutGrease Dec 2, 2010 07:42 AM

                  Has anyone eaten the brunch at Fabulous Ferns?

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                    Michael Florey RE: GutGrease Dec 2, 2010 08:49 AM

                    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

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                      snoboardbabe77 RE: Michael Florey Dec 2, 2010 09:28 AM

                      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

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