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17 Vital Twin Cities Breakfast Restaurants

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No one loves a breakfast like a Midwesterner. There's something in our DNA that demands hearty, satisfying grub first thing the morning. Maybe it's our salt of the earth attitude, or perhaps it's just that we'd like to put off work a little longer. In any case, the weekday morning menu is never limited: whether looking for savory waffles, sourdough pancakes, sausage bread, or Montreal-style bagels, there's a spot in town to suit our needs.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order from West to East.

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1. The Kenwood

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2115 W 21st St
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-3695
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Chef Don Saunders restaurant makes a beautiful breakfast daily beginning at 8 a.m. (Except for Mondays when its closed.) There's also a daily brunch menu available beginning at 10 a.m. with huevos rancheros that are prettier than it has a right to be. Tuck into the cozy country club vibes, surrounded by tartan wallpaper and giant windows to let the sun stream in through.

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  • 2. Meyvn

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    901 W Lake St
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    (612) 315-4608
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    This buzzed about new addition to Uptown is firing bagels much to the delight of the neighborhood. Top one with schmear, fried bologna or get a dozen to cheer up officemates. The open space feels almost coastal with the with enamel trimmed with blue trays.

    One of the great bagels of Minneapolis
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    3. Victor's 1959 Cafe

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    3756 Grand Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55409
    (612) 827-8948
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    There's a criminal shortage of Cuban restaurants in our fair cities, but luckily Victor's delivers all flavors and soul of Havanna starting early every day. Dive into a creamy, sweet café con leche and dig all the graffiti-covered walls before tearing into perfect, humble, comfort foods.

    4. Sun Street Breads

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    4600 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
    (612) 354-3414
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    Sun Street Breads has biscuits unlike anything else found north of the Mason-Dixon line and gorgeously fresh baked goods from award-winning bakery Solveig Tofte in this sunny room with cartoony cute walls. This little restaurant/bakery is delight personified.

    5. Wise Acre Eatery

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    5401 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
    (612) 354-2577
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    Start with the famous bacon and go from there. The farm-fresh ingredients (harvested from the restaurant's actual farm) make for hearty, high-quality meals every single day of the week. The restaurant owners also operate the garden center next door, which means the room is lush with greenery and life even in the dead of winter.

    Even on the dreariest day, this room feels sunny
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    6. Al's Breakfast

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    413 14th Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    (612) 331-9991
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    A Dinkytown classic for anyone who loves a giant pancake and lovably gruff service. The restaurant is a tiny alley. So, queue up and be patient waiting for a diner stool.

    You’ll likely need to wait for a seat, but it’s worth it

    7. Hell's Kitchen

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    80 S 9th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    (612) 332-4700
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    An icon of downtown Minneapolis' early morning dining, the lemon ricotta pancakes, mahnomen porridge and oddball beloved sausage bread show that Hell's Kitchen doesn't bother with the expected and follows its own blissful tune to great breakfast. The Ralph Stedman art and gothic basement interior makes mornings in hell a killer kick off to the week.

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    8. The Bachelor Farmer Cafe

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    200 N 1st St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Exquisite baked goods and morning lighting that makes everyone at least 35% more attractive, this dazzler from the Dayton Brother's also pours one of the best cups of coffee in town.

    9. Alma Cafe

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    528 University Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    (612) 379-4909

    Alma's mellow cafe serves glittering baked goods from its pastry case and all kinds of hearty, middle-america approved breakfast options daily. If there is babka, start there.

    10. Hazel's Northeast

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    2859 Johnson St NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418
    (612) 788-4778
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    This undersung neighborhood joint is killing it in the breakfast game with scratch made fare that converts fans one after another. The Belgian malted waffles is a favorite.

    11. Birchwood Cafe

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    3311 E 25th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    (612) 722-4474
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    Birchwood's savory waffles have a cult following. There's also excellent Peace coffee and plenty of other fresh from the farm vegetable and egg based ways to start a day. The civically minded cafe is a popular neighborhood gathering place for families, bike enthusiasts, activists, and anyone who appreciates eating organic.

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    12. Hi-Lo Diner

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    4020 E Lake St
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    This vintage diner car is churning out modern takes on classic roadside breakfast fare. Always order one of the signature Hi Tops, either for the table to share (breakfast dessert is a thing) or for decadent solo enjoyment. The doughnut mashup is topped with sweet and savory mixes like the irrisistible Gary Coop-er, fried chicken and maple syrup and gravy.

    13. Colossal Cafe

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    2315 Como Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55108
    (651) 797-4027
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    With two locations to scratch our breakfast itch, the yeasty flappers and hearty biscuits and gravy continue to beguile just as they did at the original location.

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    14. Groundswell

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    1342 Thomas Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55104
    (651) 645-6466
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    This sweet little coffee shop turned cafe has something for everyone: from caramel rolls oozing goodness to gluten-free goodies to deliciously brewed coffee.

    15. Mickey's Diner

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    36 7th St W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    (651) 698-0259
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    An historic 1930’s diner car that operates all day every day, it’s a gathering point for all of Saint Paul’s denizens, from those who need a meal that’s an attainable expense or well-heeled office workers that appreciate perfect hashbrowns.

    This spot is a classic for a reason
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    16. The Buttered Tin

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    237 7th St E
    Saint Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 224-2300
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    The second these doors opened in Lowertown, The Buttered Tin became an instant classic. Old school breakfast favorites were given new life and the bakery case is brimming with sweet treats you so richly deserve. You made it to Monday. You deserve a cupcake.

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    17. Cook St. Paul

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    1124 Payne Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55130

    This charming diner on Payne Avenue has built a rabid following for hearty breakfasts that are mostly All-American, but with a few Korean twists. Start every meal with an Eddie Wu: like an Arnold Palmer, but with Gray Duck Chai and lemonade (named for the diner's clever owner who invented the drink.) Follow with anything that acts as a vehicle for the addictive house hot sauce and don't forget to save room for a cinnamon roll for breakfast/dessert.

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    1. The Kenwood

    2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405

    2. Meyvn

    901 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
    One of the great bagels of Minneapolis
    The Restaurant Project/Meyvn Eats

    This buzzed about new addition to Uptown is firing bagels much to the delight of the neighborhood. Top one with schmear, fried bologna or get a dozen to cheer up officemates. The open space feels almost coastal with the with enamel trimmed with blue trays.

    901 W Lake St
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    3. Victor's 1959 Cafe

    3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

    There's a criminal shortage of Cuban restaurants in our fair cities, but luckily Victor's delivers all flavors and soul of Havanna starting early every day. Dive into a creamy, sweet café con leche and dig all the graffiti-covered walls before tearing into perfect, humble, comfort foods.

    3756 Grand Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55409

    4. Sun Street Breads

    4600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

    Sun Street Breads has biscuits unlike anything else found north of the Mason-Dixon line and gorgeously fresh baked goods from award-winning bakery Solveig Tofte in this sunny room with cartoony cute walls. This little restaurant/bakery is delight personified.

    4600 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55419

    5. Wise Acre Eatery

    5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
    Even on the dreariest day, this room feels sunny
    Wise Acre Eater/Facebook

    Start with the famous bacon and go from there. The farm-fresh ingredients (harvested from the restaurant's actual farm) make for hearty, high-quality meals every single day of the week. The restaurant owners also operate the garden center next door, which means the room is lush with greenery and life even in the dead of winter.

    5401 Nicollet Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55419

    6. Al's Breakfast

    413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    You’ll likely need to wait for a seat, but it’s worth it

    A Dinkytown classic for anyone who loves a giant pancake and lovably gruff service. The restaurant is a tiny alley. So, queue up and be patient waiting for a diner stool.

    413 14th Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    7. Hell's Kitchen

    80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Hell's Kitchen/Facebook

    An icon of downtown Minneapolis' early morning dining, the lemon ricotta pancakes, mahnomen porridge and oddball beloved sausage bread show that Hell's Kitchen doesn't bother with the expected and follows its own blissful tune to great breakfast. The Ralph Stedman art and gothic basement interior makes mornings in hell a killer kick off to the week.

    80 S 9th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    8. The Bachelor Farmer Cafe

    200 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Exquisite baked goods and morning lighting that makes everyone at least 35% more attractive, this dazzler from the Dayton Brother's also pours one of the best cups of coffee in town.

    200 N 1st St
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    9. Alma Cafe

    528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Alma's mellow cafe serves glittering baked goods from its pastry case and all kinds of hearty, middle-america approved breakfast options daily. If there is babka, start there.

    528 University Ave SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    10. Hazel's Northeast

    2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

    This undersung neighborhood joint is killing it in the breakfast game with scratch made fare that converts fans one after another. The Belgian malted waffles is a favorite.

    2859 Johnson St NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418

    11. Birchwood Cafe

    3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Birchwood Cafe / Facebook

    Birchwood's savory waffles have a cult following. There's also excellent Peace coffee and plenty of other fresh from the farm vegetable and egg based ways to start a day. The civically minded cafe is a popular neighborhood gathering place for families, bike enthusiasts, activists, and anyone who appreciates eating organic.

    3311 E 25th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    12. Hi-Lo Diner

    4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    This vintage diner car is churning out modern takes on classic roadside breakfast fare. Always order one of the signature Hi Tops, either for the table to share (breakfast dessert is a thing) or for decadent solo enjoyment. The doughnut mashup is topped with sweet and savory mixes like the irrisistible Gary Coop-er, fried chicken and maple syrup and gravy.

    4020 E Lake St
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    13. Colossal Cafe

    2315 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Photo courtesy Colossal Cafe

    With two locations to scratch our breakfast itch, the yeasty flappers and hearty biscuits and gravy continue to beguile just as they did at the original location.

    2315 Como Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55108

    14. Groundswell

    1342 Thomas Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

    This sweet little coffee shop turned cafe has something for everyone: from caramel rolls oozing goodness to gluten-free goodies to deliciously brewed coffee.

    1342 Thomas Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    15. Mickey's Diner

    36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
    This spot is a classic for a reason
    Mickey’s [Official]

    An historic 1930’s diner car that operates all day every day, it’s a gathering point for all of Saint Paul’s denizens, from those who need a meal that’s an attainable expense or well-heeled office workers that appreciate perfect hashbrowns.

    36 7th St W
    St Paul, MN 55102

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    16. The Buttered Tin

    237 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101
    Katie Cannon

    The second these doors opened in Lowertown, The Buttered Tin became an instant classic. Old school breakfast favorites were given new life and the bakery case is brimming with sweet treats you so richly deserve. You made it to Monday. You deserve a cupcake.

    237 7th St E
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

    17. Cook St. Paul

    1124 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130

    This charming diner on Payne Avenue has built a rabid following for hearty breakfasts that are mostly All-American, but with a few Korean twists. Start every meal with an Eddie Wu: like an Arnold Palmer, but with Gray Duck Chai and lemonade (named for the diner's clever owner who invented the drink.) Follow with anything that acts as a vehicle for the addictive house hot sauce and don't forget to save room for a cinnamon roll for breakfast/dessert.

    1124 Payne Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55130

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