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Quiet, healthy breakfast spot for early riser

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Hi all!

I love reading these discussions and they are always super helpful. I'm still searching for that perfect breakfast spot. I am moving away from the farm-style greasy breakfasts and would like fresh fruits, veggies, leaner fare. (you know, a place where you don't feel awful/greasy after eating there)
A quiet place (we love going to breakfast EARLY, so that's not a problem) Also, would love a place with either a bright cheery decor or a beautiful view from inside (maybe overlooking a river, something beautiful) Also reasonably-priced would be a plus, but not absolutely necessary.

I know that's a tall order, but I would appreciate any suggestions and please let me know specifically what kind of breakfasts they have, that would help me out.

Thanks so much Chowhounds, I love hearing your recommendations and descriptions!

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  1. I really love Bon Vie on Selby Avenue.

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    Bon Vie
    518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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    1. re: shoo bee doo

      We are Bon Vie regulars too, but I don't know that I'd say they have particularly healthy options.

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      Bon Vie
      518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    2. The place that springs to my mind when reading your request is the Birchwood Cafe.

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      Birchwood Cafe
      3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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      1. re: mtullius

        I love breakfasts at the Birchwood - especially the great oatmeal (or multigrain cereal) and fruit-and-yogurt. The interior is cheery and bright, they're 3 blocks from the river, and they open at 7am on weekdays (8 on Sat, 9 on Sun). But the place can be quite noisy, especially when they make espresso (which is almost all the time in the morning).

        Nothing's perfect, is it? But you'll forgive the noise when you taste their oatmeal.

        Anne

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        Birchwood Cafe
        3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

      2. Two places I go to in the Excelsior area are the Bayside Grille on Excelsior Bay, Lake Minnetonka...

        http://www.bayviewevent.com/bayside_g...

        You can download the breakfast menu and check it out. Open for breakfast weekends only at 8 AM and great in the summer.

        ...and the other, Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room in Tonka Bay

        http://www.hazellewoodgrill.com/pages...

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        Bayside Grille
        687 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331

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        1. re: Davydd

          Zumbro in LInden Hills.

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

        2. I had a really great bowl of oatmeal this morning at People's Organic Cafe in the Galleria. They have 3 different varieties and an assortment of toppings. The coconut marmlade was awesome. I also saw they have a variety of other breakfast options, quiche, sandwiches and regular egg entrees. They open at 6 am on weekdays. Not sure about the weekend. But if you park on the north side near Crate and Barrel, you can get in and out without having to go in the mall.

          1. The Downtowner on W. 7th in St. Paul has great breakfast. They have many heavy options, but my favorite breakfast there is a lighter Greek egg scramble; scrambled eggs (you can substitute whites I believe) , spinach, roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta. It's all sorta melts together into something amazing and full of flavor. Their chicken omelette is also REALLY good.

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            Downtowner Woodfire Grill
            253 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

            1. Hi everyone!

              Thanks so much for the suggestions, these are awesome, we are going to check out as many of these places as we can. We ended up going to Birchwood Cafe Saturday and absolutely adored the food, it was exactly what I wanted. However, it was very busy, but how could it not be right? I will post a review about Birchwood later, I guess I am not supposed to on this thread since it would be considered a review of a specific place and not a general discussion of the original question. Thanks again for your feedback, I am adding all of these to my list in search of that perfect go-to breakfast spot.

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              Birchwood Cafe
              3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406