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5 Beyond the Norm New Years Day Brunches in the Twin Cities

Our picks to start 2016 off right.

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Not your average New Year's brunches
Not your average New Year's brunches
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Smack Shack

Smack Shack [Official]

Since most folks start New Year’s Day well after the clock strikes Noon, Smack Shack offers its brunch all day long on January 1st. A portion of the proceeds that day will be donated to Sharing & Caring Hands. They will also donate a $1 for every photo posted with #ShackGivesBack. Those lobstah rolls are very photogenic, so snap away.

Image credit: Smack Shack Facebook page


Tongue in Cheek

Stumble in for Tongue in Cheek’s #BrunchLikeYouMeanIt package, which includes an Eye Opener cocktail like the Espresso Martini, two teasers (their adorable, tiny appetizers,) an entree and a coffee for $25. Service industry folks will receive a complimentary shot of Jameson as a thank you for busting their hineys during the holiday season.

Image credit: Tongue in Cheek Facebook page


Hell's Kitchen

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen Hell’s Kitchen [Official]

Spend the first day of 2016 in hell, or at least, its kitchen. There’ll be live music and the infamous Jacked Up bloody Mary bar to help you start the new year off with a bang. No one does brunch like Hell and with the recent loss of chef/owner Mitch Omer, we are extra thankful for all that they do down here.

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Lake Elmo Inn

The long reigning queen of brunch, the Lake Elmo Inn will, serve their grand brunch buffet, along with duck and prime rib, on New Year’s Day for $27.95. The buffet includes an endless glass of champagne along with caramel rolls delivered at the table. With most of the buffet dedicated to award winning mini desserts like cheesecakes, tarts and chocolate mousse, it’s no wonder Lake Elmo Inn’s brunch is a long-standing favorite.

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There is nothing better than a piping hot bowl of ramen to sooth your tummy and your soul. Moto I has you covered with an extensive menu of the beloved noodle dish, including the complex Red Coconut Beef Curry Ramen with beef tenderloin, scallion, bean sprout, radish, green cabbage, poached egg, togarashi all in a spicy red coconut curry broth. Moto-i will also offer $2 Sake bloodys and mimosas, as well as $4 brunch cocktails and shots.

Image credit: Photo courtesy Moto-i

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