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A Dozen Delicious Twin Cities Breakfasts for Under $10

It is the most important meal of the day.

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You won't believe what a Hamilton will buy.
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Breakfast is usually a budget-friendly affair, but with the onset of fine-dining brunch mania (every hip new restaurant opening adds a weekend menu) the prices have been creeping ever higher. Whether you're hankering eggs Benedict, a proper green chili sauce, farm-fresh, locally-sourced ingredients or a massive sweet roll, these places deliver without emptying your pockets.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sun Street Breads

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4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-3414
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The bread is heavenly, cookies delightful and the downtowner buns curl up on the plate like a cat on a radiator in January: there is much to love straight out of the oven at Sun Street Breads. However, the first meal of the day is packed with gorgeous plates of foods made from the best ingredients possible and served - almost entirely - for under $10.

2. Hell's Kitchen

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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If you want to dig into the cocktails and the lemon ricotta pancakes, you could work up to a decent bill at Hell's Kitchen. However, a cornmeal pancake will run you just $3.95, the mahnomin porridge is a paltry $6.75 for a cup of sustaining goodness and the sausage bread is a heart, bizarrely satisfying meal in itself for $6.95. Make liberal use of that house-made, addictive peanut butter. It might sound weird, but we are telling you, it's devilishly good.

3. Lucia's To Go

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1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-9800
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The speedy side of Lucia's restaurant string uses the same locally-sourced ingredients as the fine dining end, but served so much more quickly and easy to grab and go. A couple of bucks goes a long way when picking through the bakery case, but full breakfast is available to eat-in as well.

4. Mickey's Diner

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1950 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-8387
As much love as there is for the downtown diner car, we love a cheap meal at the other Mickey's just a little bit more. (It's further down West 7th, past 35E). The booths are plentiful and hash browns are every bit as crispy. Plus, if you want to order one of those killer milkshakes for breakfast, we promise not to judge. Open 24-7.

5. Our Kitchen

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813 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3718
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One egg and piece of toast is just $3.25 inside this cozy South Minneapolis restaurant. Prepare to wait for a seat on the weekends. The neighborhood knows and loves this little kitchen.

6. Ideal Diner

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1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-7630
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A classic diner with just a few seats and a mess of killer hash browns. Even the most expensive dish, the steak and eggs is under $10.

7. Keys Cafe & Bakery

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767 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(651) 646-5756
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Branches of this family-owned local chain can be found in neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities, but inside each location feels like a bit of home. The comforting food comes in serious portions and the cinnamon roll is the stuff of breakfast legend.

8. Band Box Diner

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729 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 332-0850
As tiny as this diner is, the portions are hefty and the bill is always tiny. The fare is simple, straightforward and full of classics.

9. Fat Nat's Eggs

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2700 39th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
If you leave hungry, you're doing it wrong. Believe what they say about the green chili. You would be wise to spend the extra buck and make liberal use of it.

10. Hi-Lo Diner

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4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hi-Lo is a new spot that has stolen our hearts by combining the traditional diner feel with refined, innovative twists to classics dishes. If lavender-crème brulee French toast isn’t enough magic already, try any of the sweet/savory fried dough creations called HI-TOPS. Limit the damage by splitting it with a pal – there’s more than enough! -Sarai Pak
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11. Maria's Cafe

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1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9842
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Come to Maria’s for a Colombian style breakfast made from scratch and leave with a deep and abiding love for the famous corn pancakes.

12. Shish Cafe

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1668 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-2212
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Not many would expect this little Mediterranean café to have such a great breakfast menu, but the Macalester and St. Thomas students in the neighborhood know this joint well. From simple crepes and decadent omelets to chaksuka (eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce), everything is under $9. - Sarai Pak

1. Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
The bread is heavenly, cookies delightful and the downtowner buns curl up on the plate like a cat on a radiator in January: there is much to love straight out of the oven at Sun Street Breads. However, the first meal of the day is packed with gorgeous plates of foods made from the best ingredients possible and served - almost entirely - for under $10.
4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. Hell's Kitchen

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
If you want to dig into the cocktails and the lemon ricotta pancakes, you could work up to a decent bill at Hell's Kitchen. However, a cornmeal pancake will run you just $3.95, the mahnomin porridge is a paltry $6.75 for a cup of sustaining goodness and the sausage bread is a heart, bizarrely satisfying meal in itself for $6.95. Make liberal use of that house-made, addictive peanut butter. It might sound weird, but we are telling you, it's devilishly good.
80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

3. Lucia's To Go

1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The speedy side of Lucia's restaurant string uses the same locally-sourced ingredients as the fine dining end, but served so much more quickly and easy to grab and go. A couple of bucks goes a long way when picking through the bakery case, but full breakfast is available to eat-in as well.
1432 W 31st St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Mickey's Diner

1950 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55116
As much love as there is for the downtown diner car, we love a cheap meal at the other Mickey's just a little bit more. (It's further down West 7th, past 35E). The booths are plentiful and hash browns are every bit as crispy. Plus, if you want to order one of those killer milkshakes for breakfast, we promise not to judge. Open 24-7.
1950 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55116

5. Our Kitchen

813 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
One egg and piece of toast is just $3.25 inside this cozy South Minneapolis restaurant. Prepare to wait for a seat on the weekends. The neighborhood knows and loves this little kitchen.
813 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

6. Ideal Diner

1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A classic diner with just a few seats and a mess of killer hash browns. Even the most expensive dish, the steak and eggs is under $10.
1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

7. Keys Cafe & Bakery

767 Raymond Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55114
Branches of this family-owned local chain can be found in neighborhoods all over the Twin Cities, but inside each location feels like a bit of home. The comforting food comes in serious portions and the cinnamon roll is the stuff of breakfast legend.
767 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55114

8. Band Box Diner

729 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
As tiny as this diner is, the portions are hefty and the bill is always tiny. The fare is simple, straightforward and full of classics.
729 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

9. Fat Nat's Eggs

2700 39th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421
If you leave hungry, you're doing it wrong. Believe what they say about the green chili. You would be wise to spend the extra buck and make liberal use of it.
2700 39th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421

10. Hi-Lo Diner

4020 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Amber Procaccini
Hi-Lo is a new spot that has stolen our hearts by combining the traditional diner feel with refined, innovative twists to classics dishes. If lavender-crème brulee French toast isn’t enough magic already, try any of the sweet/savory fried dough creations called HI-TOPS. Limit the damage by splitting it with a pal – there’s more than enough! -Sarai Pak
4020 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

11. Maria's Cafe

1113 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Come to Maria’s for a Colombian style breakfast made from scratch and leave with a deep and abiding love for the famous corn pancakes.
1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

12. Shish Cafe

1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Not many would expect this little Mediterranean café to have such a great breakfast menu, but the Macalester and St. Thomas students in the neighborhood know this joint well. From simple crepes and decadent omelets to chaksuka (eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce), everything is under $9. - Sarai Pak
1668 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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