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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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 ThaRealist
Justin ThaRealist

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.

Lara Zimberoff
Lara Zimberoff

The secret to the deliciousness of Fat Nat's pancakes is actually the syrup. nom nom nom nonmmmmmmm

Kyuss23
Kyuss23

OPH and Good Day Café rule. Food at Fat Nat's is indeed great, but last time I was there I walked out thanks to surly, argumentative staff, and won't be returning.

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

Fat Nats is that biz! Green Chile sauce with Steak and Eggs!

Dawei Lo
Dawei Lo

IHOP and Perkins for me any day...

Michelle Bigelow
Michelle Bigelow

If you are off your diet, Fat Nat's is the best and huge variety.

Karen Wills
Karen Wills

#3 Taste of Scandinavia is in Bloomington, too, at 98th & Lyndale.

Good Ol' Steve
Good Ol' Steve

Maggie's in wayzata didn't even make the list? Wow, man.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

#6 is my place. Been eating there my entire life!

Amy Sullivan
Amy Sullivan

Awesome, I need to make a trip, I lovvvv to eat;)

Mike Olsen
Mike Olsen

Fat Nats bacon avocado eggs Benedict! The rest is not even close to the same level this dish is on. Case Closed!

Jodee Michelle
Jodee Michelle

Good Day Cafe is amazing. There's a long wait even with a reservation.

Ray Young
Ray Young

Fat Nat's Eggs.... Nuff said! Look it up!

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

This list ain't even close you forgot Keys Cafe, Flameburger and Spring Street Tavern

Jen Nalls
Jen Nalls

We've been to Pegs multiple times, it's great!

Nancy Newcomb
Nancy Newcomb

Duffys Bar and Grill in Osseo. Best breakfast..always perfect!

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