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best breakfasts in/near minneapolis??

MarkG Aug 18, 2011 02:40 PM

need a quick rundown for a friend's visit

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    cvgpit Aug 18, 2011 03:21 PM

    Heres one
    I was at a convention in Minneapolis and stumbled onto this place called Hell's Kitchen on the first morning. I ended up eating breakfast there every morning. The maple bison sausage, the huevos rancheros, the lemon ricotta hotcakes and more. It was great. I was so surprised.

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

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    1. re: cvgpit
      nsxtasy Aug 20, 2011 04:59 PM

      I love Hell's Kitchen too. I love the food and I love the attitude (like the message on the wall above certain booths). My "don't miss" dishes were the Mahnomin porridge (made with wild rice and heavy cream) and the bread pudding. www.hellskitcheninc.com

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

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      stymie Aug 18, 2011 03:55 PM

      Had my first meal at Keys (Roseville). Great old style breakfast, home made sausage, good coffee, killer caramel roll and skin-on American fries. They have a place downtown. Read in the past that some of their stores are better than others

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        run2eat Aug 18, 2011 11:09 PM

        St Paul: Meritage, Heartland, Strip Club
        MPLS: Grand Cafe, Spoonriver, Birchwood Cafe

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

        750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

        410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

        The Strip Club
        378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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          mtullius Aug 19, 2011 06:56 AM

          Clarification: The Strip Club is only open for brunch on weekends. Same for Meritage and, I'd suspect, Heartland. I suppose it's a good bet that the OP is looking for a weekend destination, but just to be sure.... Should also check opening times if you're planning to go at a more breakfasty (as opposed to brunchy) hour.

          410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          The Strip Club
          378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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          eastlakovore Aug 19, 2011 10:48 AM

          I'll throw my voice in for a few of my favorites in Minneapolis

          Maria's Cafe - Huevos Pericos or their pancakes
          Colossal Cafe - Flappers or Biscuits
          Victor's 1959 - It's all good.
          and of course - Al's (but I've always gone solo - it's easier to get a seat, and well, I'm up well before Mrs. Lakovore)

          Al's Breakfast
          413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

          Victor's 1959 Cafe
          3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

          Maria's Cafe
          1113 E Franklin Ave Ste 102, Minneapolis, MN 55404

          Colossal Cafe
          1839 E 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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            MNLawGirl Aug 19, 2011 11:31 AM

            Sunday brunch buffet at Jax Cafe. Only available on Sunday from 10-2pm. You have to call in advance for a reservation. Price is steep, $20 per person but great for a special occasion.

            Jax Cafe
            1928 University Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55418

            1. Michael Florey Aug 19, 2011 12:06 PM

              Bon Vie on Selby in St. Paul.
              Butter Cafe on Grand in Minneapolis

              Bon Vie
              518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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                keithinmpls Aug 19, 2011 12:40 PM

                For me right now it's Tilia, hands down. I can't overstate how amazing their hash browns are. And they're not fancy - there's no truffle oil or sriracha or any other trendy ingredient. Just beautiful, buttery potatoes with a perfect crust on the outside.

                Not to say that the other options aren't stellar, as well. I love the cornbread waffle eggs bennie and also the soft eggs with Parmesan cream. They also have a very tasy pork shoulder cornbread "benedict" with a lovely poblano hollandaise. At least I think it's poblano. But between the pork and all that cornbread it's a lot of food. I've ordered it several times and I've never been able to finish it off.

                Maybe it's because I can't stop eating the damn hash browns :)

                1. moomon Aug 19, 2011 08:36 PM

                  Fat Nat's Eggs in New Hope or Brooklyn Park

                  R J Riches in Mounds View .. i just went there for the first time last week and i think ive just had the best EGgs Benedict.

                  Al's Breakfast .. well if you have a lot of time to wait for the seats.

                  Al's Breakfast
                  413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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                    rmitchel5 Aug 19, 2011 09:20 PM

                    I love Fat Nat's. Don't expect ambiance but the egg dishes are great and the portions are heaping. I don't live near either location but I travel from the lakes area to go eat at the Crystal location because I like it that much.
                    IMO - they do a great job with Mexican style breakfasts. Their spicy avocado verde sauce is SO good and actually HOT. Husband gets Huevos Rancheros Carnitas and I get Emily's Omelette. Would like to try other items, but I never do cause it is so good.

                    Fat Nats Eggs
                    8587 Edinburgh Center Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55443

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                      moomon Aug 19, 2011 09:46 PM

                      Oh yes .. their spicy avocado verde is really good. I think one reason I like Fat Nat's so much is because of their spicy avocado verde. It just makes the dish from plain ole good to oh my gawd soooo tasty!

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                        stymie Sep 19, 2011 05:29 AM

                        Made my second visit to Fat Nats, Saturday, mid morning, place was packed. I made a few special requests in my order. Even with the kitchen getting slammed my order came out perfect. Ten minute wait was perfect for my hardware errand. My only wish is that they would serve a better cup of coffee but that won't keep me from returning regularly

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                        Codetron Sep 27, 2011 07:52 AM

                        +1 for R J Riches and their perfect eggs bennie. Their hash browns also are very near the top of my list. To further confess, I like them so much that I have never been able to bring myself to try anything else on their very extensive menu.

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                          BigE Sep 27, 2011 02:40 PM

                          Riches is great, but beware the portions are enormous. Pancakes and omelets the size of truck tires. No joke, one pancake is a meal for most people. Luckily, they are delicious.

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                        shadowfax Sep 19, 2011 10:26 AM

                        I enjoyed the Good Day Cafe when I ate there a few weeks back. It's off 394 and Hwy 100 in Golden Valley. 5 minutes from Minneapolis. Everything was fresh and cooked very well.

                        Good Day Cafe
                        5410 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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                          gryffindor249 Sep 27, 2011 01:56 PM

                          Agreed...Good Day Cafe is wonderful. Watch out for waits on weekends though...

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                          kevin47 Sep 28, 2011 12:21 PM

                          Finally had the chance to try out V-44s day menu. The biscuits and gravy were very good, and were actually biscuits and gravy (with sausage patty and eggs), as opposed to the scare quotes, small plate thing they like to do.

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