Brunch is one of my favorite meals to indulge in when going out. What I love about brunch is that this is a leisurely way to enjoy a Sunday morning. Besides, who doesn’t love the idea that you could want pancakes and can go out with someone who craves a steak. Minnesotans love to get out for brunch. What I love most about brunch is that this can be a family gathering, a romantic interlude, or great girlfriend catch-up.
Here Is My Top Five Twin Cities Brunch Spots:
Original Pancake House 3501 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435 (952) 920-4444
Known by the regulars as “OPH,” Original Pancake House is my personal favorite Brunch Spot. Originally a breakfast spot during the day and deep dish pizza at night, it is now just the hottest breakfast spot in town. They take pride in serving fresh organic and local products. The organic Kona coffee, the thick-cut bacon and the freshly squeezed orange juice is one of the main reasons people return in droves.
The Coconut pancakes are fabulous, as are the Pumpkin and the Pecan pancakes. If you wish, you can add Pecans to the Pumpkin pancakes. Are you looking for something a bit spicy, the Santa Fe Omelet is filled with veggies and jalapenos and a homemade salsa. The Swedish pancakes are authentic with Lingonberries and cream. And do not forget the Hash Browns-a Roesti-style potato that is crispy on the outside, and melt-in-your-mouth buttery on the inside!
They also take pride in making customers happy. Do you want two totally different menu items? They can find the best way to make sure you are happy? Do you want a half order? No problem. I personally will order an omelette with a specialty pancake and pay extra-and take half of the omelette home. The portions are plentiful and make for excellent leftovers.
This is a favorite girlfriend hangout, although my husband will actually wake up early to indulge in brunch at OPH. The wait can be long, so make sure that you phone ahead and give them your name to save time. Just check in when you arrive and you are set.
Hell’s Kitchen 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 332-4700
Originally, Hell’s Kitchen was in a basement. It has soon moved to bigger, more decadent digs, but the food remains stellar. Here, you can find bison bacon or sausage, organic eggs, salads, steak and some local crafted beer to boot. My personal fav is the delicious Huevos Rancheros and the Lemon-Ricotta Hotcakes. And no one can leave without trying the incredible Toasted Sausage Bread made of sausage, black currents, spices and coffee. This combo sounds curious, but the taste is incredible.
This is a great place for foodies. Very comfortable, this is both a casual and dressy brunch. Pals and couples are scattered throughout the restaurant.
Nicollet Island Inn 95 Merriam St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 331-1800
Going to this historic Inn and Restaurant is a bit like time travel. The elegant restaurant is romantic spot and a mecca for foodies. Enjoy a Mimosa or a glass of fine wine as you soak in the atmosphere. As for food, the multi-coursed meals are delectable. The Creme Brule French Toast is a favorite and Nic’s Benedict, an Eggs Benedict variation with house-smoked salmon or ham is scrumptious. And best of all, there is al fresco dining in the picturesque patio.
This is a great family place to dress up and go out.
Good Day Cafe 5410 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis MN 55416 (763) 544-0205
Five delicious varieties of Eggs Benedict, gorgeous Souffle Omelets, and authentic French Omelets,and the most amazing Beignets outside of New Orleans awaits you at the Good Day Cafe. Their bakery is absolutely scrumptious!They have a great coffee bar with dozens of specialty drinks, fresh, healthy juices and made-to-order smoothies, as well as a huge selection of wines and spirits. And do not forget that they have the best Steak and Eggs in the Twin Cities. Get there early, as this place fills up fast.
Casual and comfortable, this is a great place for couples and families.
Key’s Cafe 767 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN (651) 646-5756
Key’s Cafe is a family-run cafe with eight different Twin Cities locations. They are an old-style diner that specializes in the traditional breakfast that grandpa and grandma grew up with. The food selection is traditional, featuring meat and eggs, waffles, omelettes and delicious bakery goods. Wash it down with a cup a joe as you enjoy reading the paper. This is what a leisurely brunch is all about!
Take the family and jump into the car-everyone will feel at home here!