5 best breakfast spots in St. Paul

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Want to start your day the St. Paul way?
If you roll out of bed in the Saintly City, you'll find several spots to tickle your tastebuds first thing in the morning. Sampling our way from biscuits covered in milk gravy to crispy cured bacon, we've scoured St. Paul and rounded up the very best places to go for breakfast.

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Bree McGee
A European-styled treasure in St. Anthony Park
5. Finnish Bistro, 2264 Como Ave.
This picturesque cafe in St. Anthony Park will make you double check the address to be sure you're still in Minnesota and not some quaint European town. The Bistro was founded in 2004 by Soile Anderson and was sold to longtime family friend Sandra Weise a year ago. Weise retained all the cafe's favorites, including oatcakes spiced with cardamom, slathered with cinnamon butter, and buried under a thick blanket of real maple syrup; lefse that makes a Minnesotan's heart rejoice, folded with scrambled eggs and slices of crispy bacon; and a bakery case stocked with treats you can wrap up in white paper and tuck into your hands as a little something to carry you through the day.

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Joy Summers
A right proper biscuits and gravy
4. The French Hen, 518 Selby Ave.
Surrounding yourself in the perfume of a flower shop isn't a bad way to start the day. Head over to Cathedral Hill and pop into the sweet little French Hen for a filling breakfast and an added bonus of floral therapy. (To get to the French Hen, diners enter through the doorway the restaurant shares with Fleur de Lis flower shop.) Since opening, the French Hen has earned a reputation for its beloved biscuits and gravy. The sturdy biscuits and sausage-studded, scratch-made milk gravy are simply wonderful. But if B&G isn't your thing, try the crustless quiche: A bowl is lined with hash browns and topped with an egg and spinach mixture that's cooked to a custard-like consistency. It's a fabulous breakfast dish that also happens to be gluten-free. 


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Sean Gibbons
Sean Gibbons

No Mickeys diner,coffee cup if your really hungry food could be a little more home cooked I only eat certain things that are not pre made

Jeremiah Welter
Jeremiah Welter

Coffee Cup is not on Dale, it's on Rice Street. Coffee Cup, Magnolias, and Keys are real good Saint Paul breakfast joints. Interested in trying Ward 6 but them other hipster holes, no way!

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

???? what?? i'm not from minnesota, never been there....

Kyla Megan
Kyla Megan

The Neighborhood Cafe on Selby and Snelling !!

Jennifer Caswell
Jennifer Caswell

Very insulting, Jake. I don't live in St. Paul but many of my ancestors came as immigrants to St. Paul and built a life and it was not easy. Many of my relatives still live in St. Paul. If you are in need of a more partying atmosphere then, yes, please stay away.

Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan

Poor, Jake. Demonstrating his lack of mental health again. Sad.

Calvin Woody
Calvin Woody

Finnish Bistro was good.. Colossal Cafe was bland, The Buttered Tin was way contemporary... I'm gonna have to check out Ward 6 but honestly I cannot see how they are better than Magnolias Restaurant

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

How could they not include the Cup of Coffee? Oh yeah, that place as not "hip." Whatever!

Lori Herbst
Lori Herbst

Sent this to Ally, maybe we'll try one next time I stay with her!

Kristin Hopkins
Kristin Hopkins

Awesome article! When my son comes home from school, we are going to use this list as a summer feast, pallet project!

Gloria Kiffmeyer
Gloria Kiffmeyer

So when are we meeting for breakfast at one of these places? Yum!

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

Isn't this the same exact list you guys posted a couple days ago (but with pictures)? You're missing better places and once again, focusing mainly on one area that boarders Minneapolis.

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

I don't agree with the list at all, there are far better spots. Like Copper Dome for example. Plus the list should cover the city, not majorly one area of the city.

Laura Domyancich
Laura Domyancich

Glad those of us that live in and love Saint Paul can keep the best places to ourselves.

City of Saint Paul, Most unlivable city in America
City of Saint Paul, Most unlivable city in America

Saint Paul Public School SPPS posts "Glaring omission: Saint Paul Public Schools! HELLO!!" Funny (not really) but I thought our tax dollars paid the public schools to educate our youth. Not feed them. No wonder our property taxes are so high. The SPPS think it's their main mission to provide free gourmet food to all the youth.

Jillian Bridges
Jillian Bridges

Buttered Tin was really bad. I don't want a side salad with my biscuits and gravy. And I wasn't raised in the south, I was raised in Portland, Ore.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Do you go to these places yourself, or just go by other's recommends? Also, why would you include Colossal Cafe as we are all familiar with the original across the river? You could have replaced it with any of the gems the commentors are name dropping.

btwftw
btwftw

For Real No Copper Dome? Have you ever even been to St. Paul? It's a God Damn institution! Also, heard of Keys, Day By Day Cafe or the brunch at Fabulous Ferns? You really dropped the ball by not mentioning any of these places.

Jerrod Tibor
Jerrod Tibor

How can you do a list like this & not mention Copper Dome in Highland Park, or the almighty Keys Cafe'? Criminal!

clem
clem

Neighborhood Café - Selby & Snelling.

Frado Garcia
Frado Garcia

Capital view cafe ... Saint Paul's Westside ....

jarriola
jarriola

What about the old standards? Keys, Capital View Grill and Day by Day?

simonlebon
simonlebon

Happy to worship that most wondrous breakfast item and the very best pancakes in town, but I prefer to do it at the "altar." Unless I'm in an 'alter'nate town like Minneapolis.

alexisf1209
alexisf1209

I agree that SPPS's post was stupid, especially when what they actually serve to kids is not very good, regardless. But you should know that no one can educate anyone while distracted by hunger... I can assure you that the only meal (with any nutritional value) many of our St. Paul children eat is what is made available at schools.

btwftw
btwftw

I'm glad that there is people like you who don't care about Saint Paul. That means you and your kind will never come to our awesome city and we can keep it all for ourselves. Stay in Minneapolis and never experience anything on the other side of the river.

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