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Brunch cocktail at Spoon and Stable.
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9 Spectacular Brunches in the Twin Cities

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Brunch cocktail at Spoon and Stable.
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Breakfast is for amateurs. We are talking brunch here people. Brunch, as in “take up a table until well past lunch time, chug a couple of mimosas before nursing a bloody and put away enough calories to get through next week if there is a sudden shortage of, you know, food” type of brunch. Below are a dozen of the Twin Cities’ most essential morning spreads, the ones we go back to time and time again, the ones we are positive we could not get through a Sunday without. When you want to nurse last night’s hangover, or stoke up a new one, where do you head? Let us know in the comments below.

Restaurants are listed in geographic order.

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1. Tilia

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2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 354-2806
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By all accounts, James Beard Finalist Steven Brown’s first foray into restaurant ownership started the “good food is for everyone” revolution we now see in bistros across the city, with a top notch menu and above-and-beyond service usually reserved for the white table cloth spots, but at accessible prices. The long lines may have died down a bit now that Brown also serves French food with same exquisite attention to detail at St. Genevieve, but a brunch at Tilia is still as perfect as ever.

Waffle fans will want to add this one to the list.

2. The Kenwood

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825 Summit Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 374-8100
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The Kenwood actually serves its decadent brunch menu every day (except Monday, when they close to make more bacon, according to their website) and this tartan clad eatery by Lake of the Isles earned a spot on the list thanks to unforgettable dishes like huevos rancheros with braised pork a fried egg and kicky harissa, or the gorge-worthy Kenwood burger with pork belly, melty gruyere and, of course, a fried egg.

Watermelon radish adorned hash.
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3. Heyday

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2700 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 200-9369
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Everything Chef Jim Christiansen touches is glorious, and his brunch menu is no different. From ethereal eggs Benedict with Red Table mortadella to decadence house made pastries, dishes are simple and perfectly executed using local, hyper seasonal ingredients. The bar program is superb.

heyday int
Brunch fare prettier than a summer sunrise.
Katie Cannon

4. Borough

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730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 354-3135
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Remember those dark days of yesteryear when you could only get the Parlour Burger downstairs after 5 p.m.? In 2015 Borough started serving the burger for lunch, and now, wait for it, you can get it for breakfast. Royale style. That means two chuck, brisket and ribeye patties topped with pork belly and an egg. Don’t want a half a cow for breakfast? That’s cool. Try the crazy fluffy buttermilk pancakes with foie gras butter instead. Or with your burger.

Puffy pancakes serves with three different syrups.
Borough

5. Icehouse

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2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 276-6523
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You might not think of music as the antidote for a raging headache, but Icehouse’s cool interior is soothingly dark, the live music always at perfect volume, and the staff will whisper if you ask them nicely. Maybe not the last part, but all will be well once those tender chorizo empanadas are on the table and the infamous Bloody Homer and its mini donut crown is within reach.

Spectacular brunch and an epic bloody Mary.
Icehouse

6. Hola Arepa

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3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 345-5583
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In 2015, Food and Wine Magazine showcased Hola Arepa’s tostada chilaquiles on their cover, and the world discovered what we already knew: the sunny spot in Minneapolis offers one of the best brunches around. From fried chicken on a sweet corn pancake to a long list of those fluffy, tender arepas filled with all sorts of good stuff, the menu is just plain delightful, made even more so with the addition of a killer cocktail list. Don’t leave without trying the mini churro with chocolate coffee sauce.

Syrup is drizzled over fried chicken, an egg, and greens at Hola Arepa
Saucy, spicy, satisfying brunch at Hola Arepa.
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7. Hell's Kitchen

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 332-4700
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Hell’s Kitchen may be known for its Jacked Up Bloody Mary and Mimosas Bar, but the food menu is filled with iconic dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, Mahnomen wild rice Porridge and ultra Minnesotan Walleye Hash. On your way out, hobble into Angel Food Bakery upstairs for a to-go bag of donuts. You will probably be hungry in, like, 12 hours or so.

The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Have brunch in hell.
Hell’s Kitchen

8. Spoon and Stable

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211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 224-9850
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Two words: crepe cake. Actually, two more: Diane Yang. The pastry chef’s creations are the single best way to start a Sunday, from delicate pistachio croissants to muffins so moist they make you a bit weepy, Yang and her pastry team’s work is magic. The elegant, comfortable room is made for lingering, with streams of sunlight pouring through the skylights and the cheerful hum of activity coming from the open kitchen.

Gavin Kaysen inside the bar at Spoon and Stable.
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9. Lake Elmo Inn

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3442 Lake Elmo Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN
(651) 777-8495
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This award winning restaurant has been around for over three decades, and for good reason. The classic menu is well executed by Chef/Owner John Schiltz, who started out as a dishwasher at the restaurant. The Sunday brunch buffet includes all-you-can-drink champagne and caramel rolls at the table. Save room for the seemingly endless dessert table.

Just a few sips at Lake Elmo Inn.
Lake Elmo Inn

1. Tilia

2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN
Waffle fans will want to add this one to the list.

By all accounts, James Beard Finalist Steven Brown’s first foray into restaurant ownership started the “good food is for everyone” revolution we now see in bistros across the city, with a top notch menu and above-and-beyond service usually reserved for the white table cloth spots, but at accessible prices. The long lines may have died down a bit now that Brown also serves French food with same exquisite attention to detail at St. Genevieve, but a brunch at Tilia is still as perfect as ever.

2726 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN

2. The Kenwood

825 Summit Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Watermelon radish adorned hash.
Joy Summers

The Kenwood actually serves its decadent brunch menu every day (except Monday, when they close to make more bacon, according to their website) and this tartan clad eatery by Lake of the Isles earned a spot on the list thanks to unforgettable dishes like huevos rancheros with braised pork a fried egg and kicky harissa, or the gorge-worthy Kenwood burger with pork belly, melty gruyere and, of course, a fried egg.

825 Summit Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

3. Heyday

2700 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
heyday int
Brunch fare prettier than a summer sunrise.
Katie Cannon

Everything Chef Jim Christiansen touches is glorious, and his brunch menu is no different. From ethereal eggs Benedict with Red Table mortadella to decadence house made pastries, dishes are simple and perfectly executed using local, hyper seasonal ingredients. The bar program is superb.

2700 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

4. Borough

730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
Puffy pancakes serves with three different syrups.
Borough

Remember those dark days of yesteryear when you could only get the Parlour Burger downstairs after 5 p.m.? In 2015 Borough started serving the burger for lunch, and now, wait for it, you can get it for breakfast. Royale style. That means two chuck, brisket and ribeye patties topped with pork belly and an egg. Don’t want a half a cow for breakfast? That’s cool. Try the crazy fluffy buttermilk pancakes with foie gras butter instead. Or with your burger.

730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN

5. Icehouse

2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Spectacular brunch and an epic bloody Mary.
Icehouse

You might not think of music as the antidote for a raging headache, but Icehouse’s cool interior is soothingly dark, the live music always at perfect volume, and the staff will whisper if you ask them nicely. Maybe not the last part, but all will be well once those tender chorizo empanadas are on the table and the infamous Bloody Homer and its mini donut crown is within reach.

2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN

6. Hola Arepa

3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Syrup is drizzled over fried chicken, an egg, and greens at Hola Arepa
Saucy, spicy, satisfying brunch at Hola Arepa.
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In 2015, Food and Wine Magazine showcased Hola Arepa’s tostada chilaquiles on their cover, and the world discovered what we already knew: the sunny spot in Minneapolis offers one of the best brunches around. From fried chicken on a sweet corn pancake to a long list of those fluffy, tender arepas filled with all sorts of good stuff, the menu is just plain delightful, made even more so with the addition of a killer cocktail list. Don’t leave without trying the mini churro with chocolate coffee sauce.

3501 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN

7. Hell's Kitchen

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN
The exterior of Hell’s Kitchen
Have brunch in hell.
Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen may be known for its Jacked Up Bloody Mary and Mimosas Bar, but the food menu is filled with iconic dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes, Mahnomen wild rice Porridge and ultra Minnesotan Walleye Hash. On your way out, hobble into Angel Food Bakery upstairs for a to-go bag of donuts. You will probably be hungry in, like, 12 hours or so.

80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN

8. Spoon and Stable

211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN
Gavin Kaysen inside the bar at Spoon and Stable.
Katie Cannon

Two words: crepe cake. Actually, two more: Diane Yang. The pastry chef’s creations are the single best way to start a Sunday, from delicate pistachio croissants to muffins so moist they make you a bit weepy, Yang and her pastry team’s work is magic. The elegant, comfortable room is made for lingering, with streams of sunlight pouring through the skylights and the cheerful hum of activity coming from the open kitchen.

211 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN

9. Lake Elmo Inn

3442 Lake Elmo Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN
Just a few sips at Lake Elmo Inn.
Lake Elmo Inn

This award winning restaurant has been around for over three decades, and for good reason. The classic menu is well executed by Chef/Owner John Schiltz, who started out as a dishwasher at the restaurant. The Sunday brunch buffet includes all-you-can-drink champagne and caramel rolls at the table. Save room for the seemingly endless dessert table.

3442 Lake Elmo Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN

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