Aster Cafe has new brunch items
|Photo by Aster Cafe|
|One of the most pleasant patios in Minneapolis|
If you haven't been to the Aster's patio, go quickly, at least for one drink, before the cold comes and stays for good. The patio is spacious and full of greenery. It's right on the river, on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, and has a glorious view of the skyline.
Here's what we found on the new menu.
We started with the Star Prairie smoked trout bagel ($6). The tanginess of the crumbled salmon and chive cream cheese was nicely mellowed out by the arugula. The pile of pickled onions were beautifully plated, but the quantity made for an overwhelming amount of onion in the first bite
The breakfast burrito ($7) is a decent-sized bundle of scrambled eggs, black bean and corn salsa, queso fresco, and chimichurri. The chimichurri gave every taste a warm, garlicky layer. The Aster's version of a breakfast burrito is a nice alternative to traditional heavy brunch fare--though next time we would definitely add the pulled pork ($2) to further jazz up the dish.
The first thing we noticed about the artichoke and brie sandwich ($8) was the beautiful crusty baguette. The bread gave a satisfying crunch that perfectly contrasted with the satisfying softness of the brie and sweet caramelized onions.
Still, the patio is a gem, and worth a visit before the season finally ends.