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ten top MSP breakfasts

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not counting Als and the keys

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    1. re: ChancesR

      Buttered Tin has renewed my love affair with pancakes. Bacon Butter.

        1. re: drew13000

          ^ This. Plus Hot Plate and El Burrito Mercado. Need to get to Kenwood for breakfast--have heard great things.

            1. Buttered Tin and Bon Vie top my list, but I also love The Kenwood, Blackbird, Tilia and the now departed Lynn on Bryant... I'm going to cry over those baked pancakes forever. :(

              1. Victor's 1959

                1. Meritage

                  I recently tried Sonora Grill's (Longfellow location) new brunch. Limited menu but based on a visit of once, pretty good!

                  Sad that Hell's Kitchen no longer makes the list when this question comes up. I still really love those lemon ricotta hotcakes, though.


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                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Hell's Kitchen still makes MY list! We had a great brunch there on Mother's Day.

                    The Twin Cities are blessed with a multitude of great breakfast spots -- more so than most cities I've experienced.

                    Some of my favorites -- and I won't call them a top ten, just good ones that stick out in my mind -- include the aforementioned HK, Al's Breakfast, Craftsman, the Birchwood, Butter Bakery, French Meadow, Sun Street Breads, Bon Vie, Barbette, the Kenwood, Hot Plate, Good Day Cafe, Edina Grill, Mickey's Diner, Meritage … I'd best stop!

                      1. re: Jordan

                        Barbette makes good eggs and the quiche is fabu. The hash however, blows.

                        1. re: MplsM ary

                          Barbette's is a good choice for those who like their eggs and toast cold.

                            1. re: MplsM ary

                              Aren't you lucky. Every time I've been there, it's been like that. Maybe it's because it was on a Saturday?

                              1. re: kuan

                                No such bold move.I think the serveuse was just too busy, I could always see my food sitting in the window.

                      2. Meritage, Kenwood, Blackbird, Lucia's, Barbette...

                          1. re: chartreauxx

                            How kid-friendly would you say their brunches are?


                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              oooh with kids? i hadn't thought about it. yelp says no, but at least one reviewer reports their children loving brunch there. it's definitely a kind of dark, steak house/clubby vibe, far from the open, airy bachelor farmer (but with significantly better food and service). i'd probably just call or email them and ask - they were very responsive on email when i made an inquiry about gluten intolerance in our group.

                              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                We've been going to brunch with our kid since she was a baby. She's five now. She loves it, we love it, the staff love her, it's a love fest all around. Brunch at TSC is a hidden gem (prices are easier to stomach, generally not crowded, the view from the window tables is to die for)....

                              2. re: chartreauxx

                                Yes! Forgot about TSC. Love them for brunch too!

                              3. Blackbird, Sunstreet, Kenwood, Corner Table.

                                1. For the experience Al's Breakfast is unique and cannot be beat. It is not only a Minnesota icon, it is an American icon.

                                  Mickey's Diner, Hell's Kitchen and Al's Breakfast are all well known destination places for out of town foodies. Good or bad, in your opinion, they do offer that "it" factor most seek for a breakfast that you can rarely find.

                                  If you want classic seat yourself neighborhood atmosphere and a belly satisfying breakfast then you should try Maggie's in Wayzata. That's my recommendation.

                                  1. Hell's Kitchen. Definitely. Where else can you get their Mahnomin porridge (or even pancakes made from it), or a cornmeal waffle, etc? I love that place! www.hellskitcheninc.com

                                    Although it's ironic to call them a "top" breakfast place when their location and their theme are both below ground. :)

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                                    1. re: nsxtasy

                                      Maria's Cafe on Franklin with their amazing sweet corn pancakes. Mmmmh...

                                      1. Bon Vie, Buttered Tin, Magnolias.

                                        1. Otra Cocina is my newest favorite.

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                                            1. re: sandylc

                                              I had the chilaquiles breakfast which included two perfectly cooked eggs, a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, a bowl of fresh fruit (pineapple that day), and coffee, all for just under $10. Very reasonable.

                                              Additionally, the owners are very pleasant and the dining area is very clean and tastefully decorated.

                                              1. re: ChillyDog

                                                Sounds like a winner. On the list.

                                          1. The French Hen on Selby was fantastic. I'm a biscuits and gravy snob and I think theirs top my list.

                                            I also love the Buttered Tin (B&G were good but overly sagey IMO).

                                            I am also a huge fan of the breakfast at the Highland Grill.

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                                            1. re: emilieinstpaul

                                              Sage is the main ingredient in correctly made southern breakfast sausage, and usually sorely lacking in sausage here in the great white north.

                                              What herbs/seasonings are in your ideal B&G, if I might ask?