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Heatmap: Where to Eat Brunch in the Twin Cities, Nov '13

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With the help of the Eater 18 and the Eater Heatmaps, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby. Now it's just as easy to find which restaurants feature the hot new (or newish) brunches in town. Thus, we offer the Eater Brunch Heatmap, which includes both brand new spots serving up brunch and some known favorites that have recently added brunch service to their repertoire.

So, without further ado, and listed in roughly geographic order, here are the 9 places to eat brunch in the Twin Cities right now, bringing you everything from sweet, savory, breakfasty, and lunchy all on one menu.

Happy brunching, and as always, feel free to tell us where the new spots are and who has a new brunch menu either in the comments or by emailing the tipline.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Mill Northeast

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The Mill NE opened just last week in former Porky’s location in, you guessed it, Northeast. Former Mill City Café owner Mandy Zechmeister, along with chefs Matt Kempf and Tommy Begnaud have developed a new menu and a new atmosphere. The brunch menu has soups, salads, and sandwiches including butternut squash soup and a wild boar grinder. You can also choose from the "Eggs & Stuff" portion of the menu with options like lobster eggs benedict and cinnamon wild rice pancakes. And of course they offer brunch cocktails. Brunch is available everyday 10am to 3pm.

Umami Dim Sum

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The once pop-up restaurant, Umami: by Travail is now Umami Dim Sum and has added all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch as of last week. Choose from items on dim sum carts like octopus croquettes, avocado and soft-boiled eggs, and kombu and cucumber salad. Pair your bao with brunchy drinks including bloody marys, mimosas, or, you know, a sake bomb. The all-you-can-eat brunch is available Saturday and Sunday and tickets for seating times must be purchased in advance, however walk ins may be accepted if you're feeling lucky.

Honey & Rye Bakehouse

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Opened just earlier this month, the bake house serves up breads, cakes, and pastries baked daily that are largely comprised of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients which highlight flavors of the changing seasons. They don't have a brunch menu exactly (and no brunch cocktails), but it is a casual weekend breakfast/lunch spot with cookies, tea, homemade soup, sandwiches, and quiche. Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 7am–6pm, Saturday: 8am–4pm, Sunday: 8am–3pm.

Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

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This Uptown spot opened Monday and is led by brotherly duo Chris and Andrew Ikeda. They're serving up fare evolved around American food with global flavors and they do a weekend brunch. One of the brunch menu item is the open-faced Kalua pork torta. The brother's dishes focus on local ingredients, featuring bread from Patisserie 46. The brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm.

World Street Kitchen

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Earlier this month Sameh Wadi's Uptown restaurant announced via Twitter that they were starting weekend brunch service. Brunch menu items include the Moroccan chicken and waffle with cumin honey and whipped butter, and PB&J french toast. They also have sweet or savory scones like kimchi and blue cheese, or raspberry, apricot, and pistachio. The menu includes a handful of brunch cocktails, too. Available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm.

Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

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Eat Street Buddha Kitchen's East Meets West Brunch has been a staple since they opened at the end of September. The menu consists of eggy dishes, fancy french toasts, or items like the Zen Breakfast which comes with Thai sausage patties and house-made kimchi. They also have small plate offerings like cranberry wontons, (sound familiar?) and a big, separate brunch cocktail menu. Available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm.

Republic

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Republic is obviously not a new spot but there are some new things going on at both locations. They recently brought in Chef Matt Paulsen, formerly of The Sample Room, to collaborate with Kevin Kvalsten on their menus. Brunch menu items include vegetarian breakfast tacos, grass-fed steak and eggs, and recently added peanut butter banana stuffed french toast and lemon-ricotta pancakes with raspberry syrup. They have a $5 build-your-own bloody bar at both locations. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm.

Groundswell

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The Hamline-Midway neighborhood spot is not entirely new, however the space was recently expanded and revamped and then re-opened this past June. Groundswell has bakery goods including chai cinnamon rolls and a full coffee bar not to mention a recently rolled out fall/winter brunch menu with a sweet and savory waffle sandwich (apple and fig jam, candied bacon and pecan cream cheese, and yes, more slabs of bacon). Available Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm.

The Buttered Tin

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The Buttered Tin at 7th and Sibley in Lowertown has been open since June but is still getting lots of buzz around town. The breakfast/lunch bakery and cafe highlights American breakfast classics like the breakfast hot dish or soft scramble and comforting farm food including a beef short rib reuben. Don't forget to check out the bakery case with their homemade versions of ho hos and twinkies. Open daily from 7am-3pm.

The Mill Northeast

The Mill NE opened just last week in former Porky’s location in, you guessed it, Northeast. Former Mill City Café owner Mandy Zechmeister, along with chefs Matt Kempf and Tommy Begnaud have developed a new menu and a new atmosphere. The brunch menu has soups, salads, and sandwiches including butternut squash soup and a wild boar grinder. You can also choose from the "Eggs & Stuff" portion of the menu with options like lobster eggs benedict and cinnamon wild rice pancakes. And of course they offer brunch cocktails. Brunch is available everyday 10am to 3pm.

Umami Dim Sum

The once pop-up restaurant, Umami: by Travail is now Umami Dim Sum and has added all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch as of last week. Choose from items on dim sum carts like octopus croquettes, avocado and soft-boiled eggs, and kombu and cucumber salad. Pair your bao with brunchy drinks including bloody marys, mimosas, or, you know, a sake bomb. The all-you-can-eat brunch is available Saturday and Sunday and tickets for seating times must be purchased in advance, however walk ins may be accepted if you're feeling lucky.

Honey & Rye Bakehouse

Opened just earlier this month, the bake house serves up breads, cakes, and pastries baked daily that are largely comprised of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients which highlight flavors of the changing seasons. They don't have a brunch menu exactly (and no brunch cocktails), but it is a casual weekend breakfast/lunch spot with cookies, tea, homemade soup, sandwiches, and quiche. Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 7am–6pm, Saturday: 8am–4pm, Sunday: 8am–3pm.

Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar

This Uptown spot opened Monday and is led by brotherly duo Chris and Andrew Ikeda. They're serving up fare evolved around American food with global flavors and they do a weekend brunch. One of the brunch menu item is the open-faced Kalua pork torta. The brother's dishes focus on local ingredients, featuring bread from Patisserie 46. The brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm.

World Street Kitchen

Earlier this month Sameh Wadi's Uptown restaurant announced via Twitter that they were starting weekend brunch service. Brunch menu items include the Moroccan chicken and waffle with cumin honey and whipped butter, and PB&J french toast. They also have sweet or savory scones like kimchi and blue cheese, or raspberry, apricot, and pistachio. The menu includes a handful of brunch cocktails, too. Available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm.

Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge

Eat Street Buddha Kitchen's East Meets West Brunch has been a staple since they opened at the end of September. The menu consists of eggy dishes, fancy french toasts, or items like the Zen Breakfast which comes with Thai sausage patties and house-made kimchi. They also have small plate offerings like cranberry wontons, (sound familiar?) and a big, separate brunch cocktail menu. Available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm.

Republic

Republic is obviously not a new spot but there are some new things going on at both locations. They recently brought in Chef Matt Paulsen, formerly of The Sample Room, to collaborate with Kevin Kvalsten on their menus. Brunch menu items include vegetarian breakfast tacos, grass-fed steak and eggs, and recently added peanut butter banana stuffed french toast and lemon-ricotta pancakes with raspberry syrup. They have a $5 build-your-own bloody bar at both locations. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm.

Groundswell

The Hamline-Midway neighborhood spot is not entirely new, however the space was recently expanded and revamped and then re-opened this past June. Groundswell has bakery goods including chai cinnamon rolls and a full coffee bar not to mention a recently rolled out fall/winter brunch menu with a sweet and savory waffle sandwich (apple and fig jam, candied bacon and pecan cream cheese, and yes, more slabs of bacon). Available Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm.

The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin at 7th and Sibley in Lowertown has been open since June but is still getting lots of buzz around town. The breakfast/lunch bakery and cafe highlights American breakfast classics like the breakfast hot dish or soft scramble and comforting farm food including a beef short rib reuben. Don't forget to check out the bakery case with their homemade versions of ho hos and twinkies. Open daily from 7am-3pm.

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