Most people that know me know that I'm a breakfast person. A morning person, really. If I had to choose between a fancy dinner, drinks or brunch, I'd pick brunch, hands down. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite spots to while away the late morning/early afternoon hours:
1. The Copper Hen Kitchen & Cakery
The other weekend, I met two close friends at a new place I'd heard about on Nicollet. You know the place. The cheerful, loft-style space with lighting that doesn't require an Instagram filter.
We ordered a round of coffees and debated the menu for a good 20 minutes. In the end, we all had the same order: the Farmer's Brunch. For 12 dollars, you get cheesy eggs, root vegetable hash, French toast, and a cup of coffee or OJ. Not bad!
As if all that wasn't enough, we ordered a pumpkin spice cupcake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. So worth it. I'll be back to try their mason jar cakes...
2. The Grand Café
There is no shortage of restaurants in town that offer a great burger, and this place is no exception. You can't go wrong with the Grand Burger, but I can never resist their seasonal brioche French toast.
3. Victor's 1959 Café
Mango. Waffles. What more could you want?! The people that work here are some of the friendliest I've ever met. Their dedication to outdoor seating is admirable and appreciated. It might be 50 degrees out and there might still be snow on the ground, but Minnesotans will sit outside, if given the option. Especially after a long winter. The wait you will undoubtedly encounter on a Saturday or Sunday is completely worth it.
4. The Bachelor Farmer
Any place that has a pastry cart, making it socially acceptable to order a brownie at 9 am, is more than okay in my book. The Swedish décor is more homey than minimalist, which gives it a cozy vibe. The menu has plenty of fresh, seasonally-inspired menu items.
5. Tandem Bagels
Okay, so this one is a bit outside of Minneapolis. But if you happen to find yourself in Mankato, in search of a good bagel, this is it. I went here on a recent visit to see my sister (one of the biggest bagel fans I know). They offer a variety of bagels freshly baked in-house each day. Try the 'The Kitchen Sink' (everything bagel) with their housemade bacon scallion cream cheese. For a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with the chocolate chip bagel and Nutella.