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Feb 4, 2012 03:53 PM

Best Breakfast Ever - Your Favorites

I absolutely adore Blackbird; the ambiance, the service, and the food. I have never had anything less than a stellar breakfast.

I've been more than 2 dozen times (!!).

The regular menu is incredible...the oxtail hash eggs beni is out of this world. Everything, and I mean everything, is freshly made, and the detail to even the smallest side is amazing.

Today I had a special of eggs scrambled with black trumpet mushrooms and a "soffrito" of ham, onion, and peppers. Served alongside was an amazing corn pudding that came out in 3 layers: they put a bit of squash puree in it, so the bottom was dense and sweet, the middle was creamy, and the top a crispy bit of corn bread. To bring it all together was a deeply seared broccoli raab with garlic.


A few weeks ago I had a special that was similar, though the scramble had smoked pork and chanterelles, with a side of potato and gruyere cake, and seared kale.


Blackbird Cafe
3800 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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  1. Haven't made it to Blackbird yet and I do consider myself a bit of a breakfast/brunch connoisseur. As far as favorites, the top of my list are definitely Bon Vie, The Strip Club, Meritage, and Heidi's.

    1. Bon Vie's eggs benedict. Always and forever. 2nd, Magnolia's on the east side of St. Paul. Everything with a side of fried chicken.

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      1. re: Haricotsv2

        I've been a fan of Bon Vie's eggs benedict for years. But there's another contender across the street now and they might become my favorite. The Cheeky Monkey version is very nice with homemade English muffins, nicely smoked ham and a nice hollandaise. My only complaint is that I would like the muffin to be toasted a little more because it's a little thicker than usual.

      2. On Saturday mornings after the St. Paul Farmers Market, I love to go to breakfast at El Burrito Mercado. I love their chorizo and eggs. I usually have that with warm corn tortillas and a dollop of guacamole. I wish I had enough nerve to try their menudo as I see many folks come in for that.

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        1. re: shoo bee doo

          The Uptowner. Cafe on Grand for The Tex Mex or Cajun Breakfast.

        2. My favorite breakfasts in the Twin Cities in no particular order.

          1) Hell's Kitchen - Mahnomin porridge or Sausage Bread.
          2) Maria's - Corn Pancakes or Mango Pancakes
          3) Uptown Diner (or any of its siblings): Cajun breakfast or veggie Tex Mex
          4) Bad Waitress - pancakes
          5) Colossal Cafe - pancake
          6) Edina Grill (or its siblings): Killer Banana Waffle or Salmon Scramble

          These choices are for the food only. If we're talking the total experience, I'd throw in anything from Al's. I also just recently tried the Citizen Cafe for the first time and will have to explore its choices as well. Something from there may head into my personal top 10 list for breakfast.

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          1. re: bob s

            For pancakes, I'd take Al's Breakfast's pancakes over anywhere else's.....

            1. re: mtullius

              Of course you can't forget Al's!

              Has anyone tried the St. Paul outpost of Colassal Cafe yet? We tried to go and it was mobbed, so we had to (unfortunately) duck out and go elsewhere...


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I have been there twice - 2 weeks in a row!!!! I have not been the Minneapolis one but I really liked the atmosphere in there. I tried their flapper with the maple syrup and then last week their flapper sandwich with the egg & cheese. I really like the flavor of the flapper but find that their thickness makes them feel/taste undercooked in the middle - I took half of my egg/cheese flapper home because it was so huge and re-baked it the next day and found that it actually tasted better as it crisped up on the outside and cooked up through the center.

                Bottom line - I recommend it - check it out if you haven't gone. Both times, I went during the week -once around 7:30 and it was pretty quiet and the other time around 10am and it was crowded up I was able to get a table. Friendly service and the woman at the register is super nice.

              2. re: mtullius

                If I was eating Al's pancakes at any place other than Al's Breakfast, I'd think they were fine but not superior. As I said before, I love Al's for the total experience but like the other pancakes beter.

                1. re: mtullius

                  I really love Bon Vie's pancakes too. Actually, I don't think I've ever had a breakfast there that I didn't like. Oh, and I forgot to add Tilia to my aforementioned list. :)

              3. I heartily second Bon Vie's eggs benedict. They also have excellent quiche. But they have a chronic cold-toast problem.

                Citizen Cafe's eggs benedict beats Bon Vie's. The first time I had it there, it was so wonderful that I was afraid to try it again lest it not live up to its own standards. But it did. It's perfect.