The 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs

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Courtesy of 3 Squares' Facebook
Chicken and waffles from 3 Squares
A few weeks ago, we highlighted the hashiest hash browns and bonniest Benedicts in St. Paul. Then we explored every syrup-soaked nook and cranny of the best pancakes and waffles in Minneapolis. But all you real-life Ron Swansons and Leslie Knopes weren't satisfied. You wanted the lowdown on even more spots serving solid daily breakfast, specifically ones that required us to get on the cloverleaf highways. So for this go-around we're counting down the 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs.

See also:
The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

Courtesy of Ze's Diner's Facebook
Ze's Diner has '50s diner flair

10. Ze's Diner, Eagan
This 1950s-themed restaurant serves consistently good diner classics like corned beef hash and Denver omelets, along with a few more modern favorites, like a Tex Mex burrito and a Cajun breakfast that's positively doused in spicy Hollandaise sauce. Unlike most of the other entries on this list, you won't feel like getting a "real" coffee after having breakfast at Ze's. They have a full list of espresso drinks and will even do you a morning malt or milkshake should the whole soda-shoppe vibe succeed in whisking you back to your high school production of Grease.

9. R.J. Riches, Mounds View
We don't know who R.J. is, but if we were forced to guess based on the food served at his restaurants, we would say he's likely a large man with a larger-than-life appetite. This is all to say that the portions at R.J. Riches Family Restaurant in Mounds View are insanely big. Chocolate chip pancakes are the size of a Christmas ham serving platter. The hash brown melts -- cheese, veggie, and egg-covered farmers breakfasts -- feel like a Man vs. Food-style challenge that only Paul Bunyan would take on. Fluffy three-egg omelets take up the entire plate and are stuffed with at least five ingredients apiece (the Italian sausage here is quite good, but does make you crave pizza). Oh, and speaking of pizza, the Hawaiian pancakes, made with ham and pineapple, are a weird and wonderful, sweet-and-salty all-in-one meal.

8. 3 Squares, Maple Grove
The spacious patio at 3 Squares is a major draw, especially if you're in the mood for a refreshing cocktail alongside your eggs. But since it's part of the Blue Plate group, this restaurant also has a certain comfort and familiarity about it, even if you've never before ventured into Maple Grove. Breakfast is one of the things 3 Squares does best, including lighter fare like Irish oatmeal and egg white scrambles or rib-sticking meatloaf hash and Cajun-spiced chicken and waffles to please diners who can't decide between breakfast and lunch. And the hash browns are seriously crispy.

7. Yum! Kitchen & Bakery, St. Louis Park
During the height of the cupcake craze, Yum, with its exemplary Swiss meringue frosting and spongy layer cakes, quickly became a destination for sweets-seekers. But most visitors missed out by overlooking the fuller menu. Next time you're there picking up cupcakes for the office, treat yourself to a little breakfast. Yum uses its own house-made English muffins and peppery sausage for tasty fried egg sandwiches; freshly baked shiny challah as a base for simple, slow-scrambled eggs with chives; and oily, herby, bouncy focaccia for the hearty summer sandwich, featuring a tangy red pepper aioli and thick-cut Neuske's bacon. No matter what dish you decide on for your main meal, be sure to take one of the caramel pull-aparts to cap it off.


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121 comments
Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

These places are missing a key brunch component...Bloody Mary's, anyone?

Helder Francisco Vieira Gomes
Helder Francisco Vieira Gomes

I see that cover picture here on Facebook, and I already know what that is. I had it this past October (I'm from Canada), and it was divine!

Victoria Johnson
Victoria Johnson

Junior's and Jensen's cafe beat Ze's leftover "specials" hands down.

Pepper Anderson
Pepper Anderson

Congrats Moody Arafa and family!!! Very proud of your success!!!!

Carol Berg
Carol Berg

4&5 in Eden Prairie is dreadfully overpriced for the quality and quantity of food they serve.

Resa Lehman
Resa Lehman

Love RJs Riches. Wish we still lived close. Glad it made this list.

Shelley Janos
Shelley Janos

I think the Buckboard in Lakeville should have made the top 10. The prospector is my personal favorite.

Julia White
Julia White

I was ready to post about the huge miss of Fat Nat's until I saw it all the way at #1! Good call!

Charles Nickels
Charles Nickels

Rascals Apple Valley has a bad ass breakfast Sunday's.

blueshirt
blueshirt

Taste of Scandinavia in Bloomington is awesome, too. Not sure why that was left out on #3


Justin Kirschman
Justin Kirschman

Good job, City Pages! You finally made it outside of the trendy Minneapolis/St Paul hot spots. Not saying those places aren't good, most are fantastic. It's just nice to see some staple suburban locations get some love. Well done.

Jeff E Powers
Jeff E Powers

Lariat Lanes in Richfield is closing for good May 10th stop in and say goodbye

David R Chapman
David R Chapman

Well deserved CONGRATULATIONS to my personal favorite breakfast joint! Delicious & friendly!

Kirk LaSota
Kirk LaSota

Right on, Fat Nat's is the best part of New Hope.

Kevin Christians
Kevin Christians

Key's is not on there. Therefore the list is invalid. ;-)

Marsha Deanne Stallings
Marsha Deanne Stallings

WELL.... Come visit New Prague, we have and eat at Flip Side, my breakfast was perfect... had special request... and the price is nice.... !!! COME visit New Prague.

Kris Lindberg
Kris Lindberg

None of the Keys Cafe restaurants are on the list? Weird!

Virginia Baptiste
Virginia Baptiste

The Original Pancake House in Plymouth. They always make me feel welcome The atmosphere feels like home The air is fresh The floor is clean The food is delicious and I always get what I ordered, how I ordered it The Best Pancakes, Home Fires and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice.

Justin Tha Realist
Justin Tha Realist

Where is flameburger? When I lived in Columbia height s I ate there damn near weekly best breakfast 4 ur $ they give u pancakes eggs hash browns bacon sausage n juice they fill u up

Nick Flack
Nick Flack

Love the Scandinavian place in north oaks. I think Key's in downtown St Paul has the best Benedict and American fries I've ever had!

Jesse Huff
Jesse Huff

Fat Nat's New Hope is phenomenal.

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