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18 Vital Twin Cities Breakfast Restaurants

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A stuffed breakfast torta with yucca fries and an all day sipper from Vivir
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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 cafe au laits, 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. Victor's 1959 Cafe

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3756 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 827-8948
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Victor's delivers all flavors and soul of Havanna starting early every day. Dive into a creamy, sweet café con leche before tearing into perfect comfort foods like long braised meats with rice and beans.

2. Sun Street Breads

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4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-3414
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Sun Street Breads has 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.

3. 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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4. Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

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515 N Washington Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 800-6033
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It’s a neighborhood restaurant that just happens to be one of the most popular, restaurant-dense parts of town. Slide into NOLO’s for breakfast fried rice, studded with breakfast meats and sesame kale all drizzled with a tangy sauce. Then finished with a malted waffle for breakfast dessert.

Exterior shot of NOLO’s Kitchen
A full North Loop breakfast is found inside
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5. 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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6. Maria's Cafe

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1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9842
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The words “corn pancakes,” are a savory sweet trigger to anyone who has ever tasted one at Maria’s Cafe. A sweet little neighborhood gathering spot, the menu has plenty of other eye-opener options, but those pancakes are non-negotiable.

7. ViV!R

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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This is the stop breakfast burrito fans have been looking forward to hitting. Vivir’s take on this classic dish is a proper large flour tortilla stuffed with tender braised beef, rice, beans, pico de gallo, and scrambled eggs. Best to plan a day that involves a nap after this one.

A giant burrito has been crisped on the grill and sliced in half to show the interior with tons of beef, rice, and scrambled eggs
In a town with a lot of hearty breakfast options, Vivir’s burrito stands out as an exceptional way to kick off the day
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8. 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.

9. Ideal Diner

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1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-7630
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An icon of Northeast, this tiny diner serves all the classics including eggs that are made just right and a slice of home made pie.

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. Come with a voracious appetite and tuck into a massive egg sandwich with bacon, tomato, and blue cheese on grilled sourdough.

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 irresistible 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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On Grand Avenue the yeasty flappers and hearty biscuits and gravy continue to beguile diners, but there are also plenty of savory options to choose from as well. Grab something from the bakery case to nibble on later.

Giant pancakes topped with slices of brie Photo courtesy Colossal Cafe

14. Highland Grill

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771 Cleveland Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 690-1173
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Modern comforts dominate the extensive menu at Highland Grill. Classics are done so well, with fluffy pancakes served alongside smoky-sweet maple syrup. Try the sweet potato hash with spicy hunks of Italian sausage, mellow kale, and kicky peppers.

Two fluffy pancakes with golden crust are topped with a scoop of butter, melting. On the side is a small silver pitcher.
Classics at a modern all-day diner
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15. Rose Street Patisserie

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171 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 556-4488
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This upscale bakery on the corner Snelling and Selby has a sour cream coffee cake loaf that demands an old fashioned Midwestern coffee date. For those that lean savory, the BLT is made with fresh heirloom tomatoes, thick and crispy bacon, all on a baguette that’s the best hunk of bread to be found this side of Paris.

Poppyseed studded croissants stuffed with ham and cheese
Savory croissants
Rose Street Patisserie

16. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

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272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 300-1503
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First off, pie is a perfectly acceptable breakfast food and no one here will deny it. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit is also a fantastic purveyor of biscuits, as the name would imply. Take one out for a spin on the perfectly proportioned breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, and bacon or sausage.

Three biscuit breakfasts, one with gravy, one as a sandwich with bacon and cheese, another sliced with a side of jam
Fresh, hot biscuits for breakfast
Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

17. Mickey's By Willy

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1950 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-8387

This under sung West 7th Street gem has all the feel of a 1960s diner, with giant windows overlooking the busy street. Stop in for classics like eggs over easy and giant shreds of crispy, fresh hash browns.

18. 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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1. Victor's 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Victor's delivers all flavors and soul of Havanna starting early every day. Dive into a creamy, sweet café con leche before tearing into perfect comfort foods like long braised meats with rice and beans.

3756 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409

2. Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Sun Street Breads has 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

3. 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

4. Nolo's Kitchen & Bar

515 N Washington Ave #100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Exterior shot of NOLO’s Kitchen
A full North Loop breakfast is found inside
Rebecca Slater / Eater Twin Cities

It’s a neighborhood restaurant that just happens to be one of the most popular, restaurant-dense parts of town. Slide into NOLO’s for breakfast fried rice, studded with breakfast meats and sesame kale all drizzled with a tangy sauce. Then finished with a malted waffle for breakfast dessert.

515 N Washington Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401

5. 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

6. Maria's Cafe

1113 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

The words “corn pancakes,” are a savory sweet trigger to anyone who has ever tasted one at Maria’s Cafe. A sweet little neighborhood gathering spot, the menu has plenty of other eye-opener options, but those pancakes are non-negotiable.

1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

7. ViV!R

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A giant burrito has been crisped on the grill and sliced in half to show the interior with tons of beef, rice, and scrambled eggs
In a town with a lot of hearty breakfast options, Vivir’s burrito stands out as an exceptional way to kick off the day
Vivir/Facebook

This is the stop breakfast burrito fans have been looking forward to hitting. Vivir’s take on this classic dish is a proper large flour tortilla stuffed with tender braised beef, rice, beans, pico de gallo, and scrambled eggs. Best to plan a day that involves a nap after this one.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. 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

9. Ideal Diner

1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

An icon of Northeast, this tiny diner serves all the classics including eggs that are made just right and a slice of home made pie.

1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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. Come with a voracious appetite and tuck into a massive egg sandwich with bacon, tomato, and blue cheese on grilled sourdough.

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 irresistible 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
Giant pancakes topped with slices of brie Photo courtesy Colossal Cafe

On Grand Avenue the yeasty flappers and hearty biscuits and gravy continue to beguile diners, but there are also plenty of savory options to choose from as well. Grab something from the bakery case to nibble on later.

2315 Como Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108

14. Highland Grill

771 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116
Two fluffy pancakes with golden crust are topped with a scoop of butter, melting. On the side is a small silver pitcher.
Classics at a modern all-day diner
Highland Grill [Official]

Modern comforts dominate the extensive menu at Highland Grill. Classics are done so well, with fluffy pancakes served alongside smoky-sweet maple syrup. Try the sweet potato hash with spicy hunks of Italian sausage, mellow kale, and kicky peppers.

771 Cleveland Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

15. Rose Street Patisserie

171 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104
Poppyseed studded croissants stuffed with ham and cheese
Savory croissants
Rose Street Patisserie

This upscale bakery on the corner Snelling and Selby has a sour cream coffee cake loaf that demands an old fashioned Midwestern coffee date. For those that lean savory, the BLT is made with fresh heirloom tomatoes, thick and crispy bacon, all on a baguette that’s the best hunk of bread to be found this side of Paris.

171 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

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16. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100, St Paul, MN 55105
Three biscuit breakfasts, one with gravy, one as a sandwich with bacon and cheese, another sliced with a side of jam
Fresh, hot biscuits for breakfast
Rebecca Slater/Eater Twin Cities

First off, pie is a perfectly acceptable breakfast food and no one here will deny it. Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit is also a fantastic purveyor of biscuits, as the name would imply. Take one out for a spin on the perfectly proportioned breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, and bacon or sausage.

272 Snelling Ave S Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55105

17. Mickey's By Willy

1950 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55116

This under sung West 7th Street gem has all the feel of a 1960s diner, with giant windows overlooking the busy street. Stop in for classics like eggs over easy and giant shreds of crispy, fresh hash browns.

1950 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55116

18. 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

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