Breakfast/Brunch in Minneapolis, MN
Nicollet Island Inn is one of those Twin Cities gems that repeatedly makes the “best of” list including most romantic, best hotel dining and best brunch. Sunday's Champagne Sunday Brunch is the ultimate gourmet experience. The fact that's it's called a five-course dining extravaganza is no surprise with the freshly made pastries to dreamy desserts. Nicollet Island Inn is perfect for gabbing with a girlfriend or a romantic morning with your sweetheart. Monday thru Friday breakfast menu isn't too shabby either with quiche de jour, Irish oatmeal, and Duck Confit and Sweet Potato Hash. Whatever the case, you can't go wrong here.
The Historic Afton House Inn ambiance is everything a dreamy romantic date getaway should be, but even if you don't stay the night at this charming inn, breakfast is a lovely way to relax and enjoy the surroundings. On weekends and holidays brunch is served in CURRENT’s restaurant which boasts being fresh, healthy with 100% natural or free range products and a constant goal of supporting independent, locally owned farms and businesses. Expect assorted domestic cheese and crackers, fresh fruits and berries, fresh vegetables, smoked salmon, pasta salads, eggs, potatoes O'Brien, apple stuffed pancakes and the ultimate, Afton House Eggs Benedict.
Sunset’s Restaurant has week-long breakfasts and weekend bunch and you can't go wrong with either. Kick off your morning with their fun beverage menu which includes Sunset's bloody marys, mimosas, Redbull and cappuccinos. Menu items include traditional eggs Benedict, Florentine Benedict, blueberry oatmeal pancakes and JJ Hills Bennie which is homemade biscuits with eggs and cheese topped with sausage gravy -- served with Gouda augratins. When weekends roll around, be sure to show up hungry. Here are a few brunch items to get your mouth watering -- beef burgundy, au gratin potatoes, shrimp Creole, tortellini, fresh salmon, blackened pork loin, and Belgian waffles -- and that's just a start!
If a bloody mary bar and jukebox strikes your fancy make plans to visit Spring Street Tavern on a Saturday or Sunday. Locals frequently vouch for this location to have the best breakfast in town. Morning meals include classics such as ham and cheese omelets, eggs, bacon and toast to massive breakfast burritos topped with a dollop of sour cream and everything in between like French toast, bacon, vegetarian black beans, homemade buttermilk pancakes. The Early Bird Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with $4 bloody marys or screwdrivers. The fun part… a game of pull tabs offer a 1-3 chance for a dollar drink until 10:00 a.m.
Let's face it, Minnesota is about as far from the Mexico border as you can get. And while this northern state doesn't exactly have a reputation for bringing the heat, El Burrito Mercadoplace is your best bet for a flavorful south of the border breakfast. Located in St. Paul's Latino community, Del Sol, this sit-down restaurant greets guest with the traditional chips and salsa... even at breakfast. Menu items include huevos rancheros, egg burritos, and tamales. If you're in a hurry the adjacent deli offers to-go or sit down items. You'll also find this to be a family-friendly restaurant with kids selections. After breakfast stop at the attached neighborhood marketplace to browse the large assortment of Mexican goods. The best part is the variety of 20 salsas that you can take home.