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Five Breakfast Spots to Try Right Now in the Twin Cities

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Tiny Diner.
| Photo: Katie Cannon

Often overlooked in the morning rush, it can be hard to find a solid weekday breakfast option that goes beyond the standard scrambled eggs and coffee. Here are five spots that'll start your workday off right, with meals ranging from Korean pancakes and short ribs benedict to lavender doughnuts or bruleed grapefruit with mint.
—Joy Summers


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Birchwood Cafe

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3311 E 25th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-4474
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What has changed for diners inside Birchwood Cafe, the home of the savory waffle, is very little. Although the space was given a major overhaul, the expanded kitchen and airy seating only makes version 2.0 more Birchwoodier than it was before. The sense of community and commitment to their farmers remains intact. Owner Tracy Singleton and chef Marshall Paulsen continue to welcome new friends like family into the beautiful new digs. Grab a crew of friends, then order up some Peace coffees and a pile of locally sourced, sustainably raised, ethically handled and deliciously prepared breakfast.

2. Tiny Diner

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1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Kim Bartmann's latest project is part diner, part farm and another great step for eaters of all kind. TJ Rawitzer is behind the burners and comes to this part of Minneapolis as an alum of several of the top restaurants in town including Masu, La Belle Vie, and Sea Change, among others. The dishes are fresh takes on diner fare, and each month, the kitchen also features diner-inspired menu items from other states. This month, find Pennsylania scrapple around for a limited time. The bruleed grapefruit with mint will always remain on the menu and is always a perfect way to begin the day.

3. Bogart's Doughnut Co.

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904 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 259-7519
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It was once, not so long ago, that fried dough fans were forced to wait until Sunday when Anne Rucker would peddle her doughnuts at the neighborhood farmers market. She's moved her business into an adorable, fully functioning shop in South Minneapolis and now sweet-toothed citizens can get their vanilla cream-filled fix every day of the week! Now, the only problem is narrowing it down to your favorite dozen flavors. (Although, beware, they are closed Mondays). [Photo]

4. Verdant Tea Tasting Room & Tea Bar

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2111 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 223-8907
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What began as a pop-up partnership with Birchwood Cafe has become a permanent fixture inside Verdant Tea's Seward location. Begin with one of the carefully selected artisan teas, chais mixed on site, or refreshing kombuchas, then round out your first meal of the day with a little Chinese hash made with the otherworldly hoisin-glazed bacon.

5. Cook St. Paul

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1124 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Part of the revitalization of this stretch of St. Paul (which includes Tongue in Cheek and Ward 6), Cook has revamped the menu inside the one-time Serlin's Cafe and given the room a facelift. They specialize in all-American morning favorites like stacked buttermilk pancakes, three egg omelets, breakfast burritos, and Korean pancakes.

1. Birchwood Cafe

3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
What has changed for diners inside Birchwood Cafe, the home of the savory waffle, is very little. Although the space was given a major overhaul, the expanded kitchen and airy seating only makes version 2.0 more Birchwoodier than it was before. The sense of community and commitment to their farmers remains intact. Owner Tracy Singleton and chef Marshall Paulsen continue to welcome new friends like family into the beautiful new digs. Grab a crew of friends, then order up some Peace coffees and a pile of locally sourced, sustainably raised, ethically handled and deliciously prepared breakfast.
3311 E 25th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

2. Tiny Diner

1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Kim Bartmann's latest project is part diner, part farm and another great step for eaters of all kind. TJ Rawitzer is behind the burners and comes to this part of Minneapolis as an alum of several of the top restaurants in town including Masu, La Belle Vie, and Sea Change, among others. The dishes are fresh takes on diner fare, and each month, the kitchen also features diner-inspired menu items from other states. This month, find Pennsylania scrapple around for a limited time. The bruleed grapefruit with mint will always remain on the menu and is always a perfect way to begin the day.
1024 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

3. Bogart's Doughnut Co.

904 W. 36th St., Minneapolis, MN
It was once, not so long ago, that fried dough fans were forced to wait until Sunday when Anne Rucker would peddle her doughnuts at the neighborhood farmers market. She's moved her business into an adorable, fully functioning shop in South Minneapolis and now sweet-toothed citizens can get their vanilla cream-filled fix every day of the week! Now, the only problem is narrowing it down to your favorite dozen flavors. (Although, beware, they are closed Mondays). [Photo]
904 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN

4. Verdant Tea Tasting Room & Tea Bar

2111 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
What began as a pop-up partnership with Birchwood Cafe has become a permanent fixture inside Verdant Tea's Seward location. Begin with one of the carefully selected artisan teas, chais mixed on site, or refreshing kombuchas, then round out your first meal of the day with a little Chinese hash made with the otherworldly hoisin-glazed bacon.
2111 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

5. Cook St. Paul

1124 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130
Part of the revitalization of this stretch of St. Paul (which includes Tongue in Cheek and Ward 6), Cook has revamped the menu inside the one-time Serlin's Cafe and given the room a facelift. They specialize in all-American morning favorites like stacked buttermilk pancakes, three egg omelets, breakfast burritos, and Korean pancakes.
1124 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130

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