The 10 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities suburbs
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.
Courtesy of 3 Squares' Facebook Chicken and waffles from 3 Squares
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.