As one-half of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis has supported an award-winning food scene. Restaurants in the city have been named in the list of best places for a meal. The city itself was once named “the next great American food city.” With that in mind, there are plenty of delicious places for breakfast or brunch to start the day off right. There are also many options for things to do in Minneapolis for those left waiting in line. Many of these spots are considered hot so it’s recommended to make a reservation if you can plan ahead.
1. Spoon and Stable
One year after opening, Spoon and Stable landed on Food and Wine Magazine’s list of the 2015 top restaurants of the year. The accolades only make sense, as the restaurant was the dream of owner Gavin Kaysen, a James Beard award-winning chef. Their brunch menu is organized by savory to sweet flavors. It starts with a cured superior herring and ends with a chestnut torte. Cocktails include their signature Bloody and the Salty Dog.
2. St. Genevieve
Head to St. Genevieve for a French twist to a classic brunch menu. The dishes are both a mix of traditional Parisian dishes and modern flavors. They also have champagne options that compliment the plates. Try their quiche a la Maison, with a crisp pork belly, or the creamy mushroom bisque. Drinks include the One Thousand Suns, with a grapefruit cordial and the Cocktail Au Champagne.
3. Victor’s 1959 Cafe
Victor’s 1959 Cafe offers a little slice of Havana in Minneapolis. This Cuban restaurant was once featured on the Food Network and voted “Best Breakfast” by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine. There is a breakfast happy hour Monday through Friday that includes $4 Bloody Marys and Tropical Mimosas. Their breakfast menu has two options, breakfast cubano or americano. The cubano side has options such as a Cuban hash, mango pancake and eggs Havana. The americano side has a Greek scrambler, French toast and banana scrambler.
4. Hazel’s Northeast
Hazel’s is a neighborhood spot that keeps a simple motto: Real Good Food. The restaurant gets its name from family matriarch Helen “Hazel” Sieve, who first made 60-cent pies at a diner before opening her own place. Their menu is rooted in American comfort food. Dishes are made from scratch, and the restaurant buys several locally sourced products. Their brunch menu includes a meat-infused waffle, smoked ham and Swiss sandwich and a homemade caramel pecan roll.
5. Hola Arepa
Hola Arepa first started as a food truck slinging Venezuelan stuffed arepas – a cornmeal cake that is filled with meat and cheese. Now, they have a storefront and made City Pages list of best brunches. The restaurant was also named by Bon Appétit Magazine as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America. Join them for brunch on either Saturday or Sunday and try the breakfast fried egg arepa. There is also the fried yucca hash, with a poached egg and house made chorizo, and the arroz verde bowl. Drinks include the colorfully named, Bees Who Brunch and the Breakfast of the Tiki Gods.
6. Birchwood Cafe
Birchwood Cafe serves an American-style brunch with several vegetarian and vegan options. The restaurant traces back to a dairy, which was converted into a grocery store in the 1940s, and finally the Cafe in 1995. Many of the ingredients are sources from farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Savory brunch dishes include the Tempeh Hash and Heirloom and Sweet Corn BLT. Other options include a vegetable quiche and the Birchwood Benedict. Drink options include a rhubarb mint mimosa and the sangria with house-made white wine.
Heyday is a casual American-style eatery located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. Chef Jim Christiansen leads the restaurant, and he keeps a focus on food that is both seasonal and light. Heyday first opened in 2014 and has since landed Christiansen on Best New Chef lists from both Food and Wine and a James Beard nomination. Their brunch is $29 and includes one dish from the first and second courses along with a coffee or brunch cocktail. Options include the shrimp and grits, yogurt pannacotta, and the lamb sausage and toast. Cocktails include the Scurvy Cure, and their version of a Bloody Mary called Not the Sunnyside.
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine describes Bellecour as “pure French bliss.” This restaurant comes from the same team behind Spoon and Stable, and it gets its name from the busy town center of Place Bellecour in Lyon, France. The restaurant got a lot of buzz in Minneapolis before it opened. Statistics from OpenTable show more than 1,000 people made a reservation in a single day. The menu is centered on simplicity. Brunch dishes include a confit de canard, buttermilk waffles and steak et oeufs (steak and eggs). Cocktails include the classic mimosa, La Colombe and Picnic in Provence.