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Nov 14, 2012 10:30 AM

St. Paul Breakfast

There was an older post by the same name from 2008, but I'm sure a lot has changed (or maybe hasn't) in the realm of good St. Paul breakfasts. I'm meeting a friend on Saturday morning, and we're trying to figure out where to eat. I would love to hear everyone's favorite place and dish. And.... go!

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  1. Since 2008, Colossal Cafe has opened a second location in St. Paul. That is certainly worthy of a recommendation. Also, although I haven't tried it yet, Foxy Falafelis now serving breakfast (recently reviewed on

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      Agreed - Colossal has some great things going on; I've been happy each visit. In particular, I've liked their sandwiches (their biscuits and bread are great) and omelettes but the thing that I keep coming back to is the biscuits and gravy (their home made sausage is great, unless you have an aversion to sage). The cinnamon rolls are very tasty, too.

      1. re: wpodonnell

        How crowded is the St. Paul Colossal Cafe? I was tempted to go there the other weekend with friends, but was worried about long waits.

        So our second choice was Foxy Falafel, because it was supposedly their "opening weekend" for breakfast/brunch, but the web site said they were closed and they weren't answering their phone.

        So we ended up at Maria's. Not new, but still great.

        1. re: AnneInMpls

          Too crowded to wait with an active toddler! I can't say for sure, but it does seem there is a "reserved" table in the back for a group. It can't hurt to call and ask what the deal is...


          1. re: AnneInMpls

            It can get pretty busy, but it seems like it's a late (for me) rush - we've been there a couple times at about 8:30 - 9:00 on a weekend and haven't had a wait. By the tail end of our meal, it's usually much busier.

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Anne, the last time I was at Maria's for a weekend brunch, maybe 1-2 years ago (?), it was empty and REALLY dirty. I posted about it here and took a LOT of flak for it....

              So now it is great again? That would be a good thing, as we used to love it....

        2. Tops on my St Paul list is Shish. Gotta have the chaksuka.

          If you would rather have a full service restaurant, Bon Vie. Eggs Benedict is my go to dish there. If you are interested in helping out a brand new place, The French Hen Cafe. They opened this week in the old Bon Vie space. I've only had the Creole hash; it was quite nice.

          1. Also, here's a thread from just a year ago. I'm sure most of it is still relevant.


            1. I love brunch at Meritage if you can wait until 10:30, but there's lots new to explore on the St. Paul breakfast scene as indicated by previous posters.


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              1. I highly recommend Foxy. Every Sunday morning we started our day with falafel from Foxy at Kingfield farmers market, usually the stoplight which has the Foxy (green herbs), curry (think turmeric color and awesome flavor) and beet (deep red and served with a preserved lemon/goat cheese sauce that is awesome). Add in some of the best hummus and great cabbage slaw and you have a really good and healthy meal.