The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

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Last week we took a tour of the best breakfasts in St. Paul, and after all the comments claiming that we "missed" restaurants that are actually in Minneapolis (ahem), we decided that yes, we needed to make things right with the world. So this week we're hopping across the river to give St. Paul's sister city the same morning meal treatment. It should be noted that we only selected places that serve daily breakfast and not just weekend brunch. That's another top 10 list entirely. 

And now that we've cleared up all the details, let's get down to the nitty gritty. Here are our 10 favorite breakfast restaurants in Minneapolis. 

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Tony Nelson
You'll find nothing but breakfast basics at Milda's in the Near North area of Minneapolis. But everything is done with the pancake-flipping confidence of a place that's been around for decades. Grits are creamy, French toast is lacy at the edges and custardy in the center, and Kielbasa is one of the side sausage options, which really should be available at more restaurants. You might walk in thinking you're the first to discover Milda's, but regulars keep lining up for the affordable prices, enormous, fluffy-soft caramel and iced cinnamon rolls, and general lack of pretense. If you don't fill up on eggs and hash browns at breakfast, come back at dinner for simple, well-seasoned broasted chicken and Milda's famous Iron Range-style pasties.

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Katy Meeks
Is Al's still worth the wait and the cramped conditions? Devotees will tell you it's all part of the charm. There are times when the environment is a hindrance, but we do tend to agree that when you're hankering for an Al's pancake (get the blueberry or blackberry ones when they're available), there is truly no substitute. To maximize your chances of having an ideal Al's experience, come early on a weekday, with an empty bladder (no bathroom), cash in hand, and know what you're going to order as soon as a seat frees up. If it sounds like a lot of work, just repeat this mantra to yourself: bacon waffle bacon waffle bacon waffle bacon waffle...

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Alma Guzman
Going out for breakfast with a mixed bag of dietary needs? Make a beeline for Modern Times Cafe in Powderhorn. This grungy but great breakfast and lunch spot accommodates the needs of carnivores, omnivores, locavores, and the gluten-averse with a whole host of delicious dishes like the Mexican migas with textured vegetable protein chorizo and poblano sour cream; an earthy hash of roasted beets, goat cheese, eggs, and bacon called the Beet Up; and a couple of hearty, savory fried brown rice bowls, loaded with veggies, eggs, herbs, and all kinds of satisfying textures. Lest you think this is only a place for the virtuous to dine, there is the Croque John Paul, essentially a Frankenstein's monster of eggs Benedict and a Croque Monsieur sandwich. 

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Kate N.G. Somers
We've said it before and we'll probably say it again: God bless Victor's for making the concept of breakfast happy hour socially acceptable. If you can snag a spot outside on the lovely patio and manage to decide between the mango pancakes or the weird-sounding but totally delicious Cuban hash with olives, raisins, capers, and sweet plantains, you'll be feeling about as tropical as one can in the middle of Minneapolis. On the more Gringo side of the menu, the pressed breakfast sandwich and wild rice porridge are also top-notch.


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64 comments
Sarah Lawrence-Lupton
Sarah Lawrence-Lupton

Totally disagree with many of these choices. If you like mediocre overpriced food and cramped spaces then this is the list for you

Jen Sauer
Jen Sauer

You never come to MSP so I guess you are missing out!

Tom Gilbert
Tom Gilbert

Spencer Mayne We will be in the city in two weeks. We all should hit one or a few of these places up!

Joel Ericson
Joel Ericson

Modern Times has been around a long time

Jamie Rae
Jamie Rae

Ummmmm, Pizza Luce?!?!? Where are you on this list? Such a great brunch!

Tucker Benjamin
Tucker Benjamin

I don't care if it's not some high class place, I love uptown diner

Ondine Baird
Ondine Baird

How is Keys or Hells Kitchen or Ike's not on this list? Not to diss anyone on the list - I'm sure all are well deserved!

Ross Ackerman
Ross Ackerman

I agree Lisa, Fat Nat's should've at least gotten honorable mention.

Summer Cline
Summer Cline

It's not on the list but the Louisiana cafe in St. Paul is awesome!

Bryan Jorgenson
Bryan Jorgenson

no Keys?? no Day by Day??? no Capitol View Cafe??? Swede Hollow Cafe????

dgrahn
dgrahn

What? No *fat nats

Andrew MacGuffie
Andrew MacGuffie

Way to go Tracy!! I still think there should be more Diesel truck parking!?

Steve Wallace
Steve Wallace

What idiot wrote this? Definitely got a couple correct. But Fat Nats, Keys, Monte Carlo and if the Uptown Bar & Cafe weren't a Columbia Sports store it would kick all their asses.

Nik Papazois
Nik Papazois

I am officially convinced now that City Pages only considers venues that carry their paper for these. Bias much?

Mary Gould
Mary Gould

Old pancake house has the best breakfast I think in minneapolis, there is one in south dale and one in eden prairie .

Leah Zapolski
Leah Zapolski

Blackbird should NOT make any best of list - waste of money, a 10 year old could make better at home! But Hazels, Hells and Butter Bakery Cafe SHOULD have been on the list!

MarcelloErnetti
MarcelloErnetti

PANNEKOEKEN FOREVER! BEST BEST OF EARTH. FUCK HUMANITY

Derek McMorrow
Derek McMorrow

Wise Acre didn't make this list... You fail city pages, go home.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Went to Zumbro Cafe on the recommend of this article and was most disappointed. Collasal Cafe was a let down as well. Gigi's and French Meadow would have been safer bets, I think.

mapcrack
mapcrack

Modern times is not in powderhorn, brah. 

emily.weiss
emily.weiss

Next time I do a Top 10 list I'll make sure to include places that have been closed for years. Monte Carlo doesn't do daily breakfast (part of this list's criteria) and it sounds like many share your woes about Key's, but I think we have so many other interesting spots to explore! Thanks for the tip on Fat Nat's though.

emily.weiss
emily.weiss

I can assure you it is never part of my research or consideration.

Joey
Joey

It's on the border of Central and Powderhorn Park, which are both in the Powderhorn Community area.

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