- Sarah Russek
Minneapolis and St Paul, make up a metropolitan area is known as the Twin Cities. The two zones pose a real juxtaposition: St. Paul consists of late-Victorian architecture whereas Minneapolis is more modern with skyscrapers. Located in Minnesota, the area is situated near the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Below, we’ve listed the top ten restaurants to be found here.
Located in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s trendy uptown area, brunch enthusiasts can catch a late breakfast at Heyday between 10am and 1pm. Here, guests can find the usual traditional breakfast with eggs, sourdough bread with sausages or bacon, or get a more unique taste with menu items like muffuletta, which consists of cured meats, olive relish, and white cheddar. Alternatively, there’s the Croque Heyday, which comes with pastrami, gruyere, brioche, and salad.
2700 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +612 200 9369
In Longfellow, Sonora Grill fuses South American and Spanish flavors for a spicy combination and has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Enjoy the huevos rancheros, (fried corn tortillas, over easy egg, tomato safrito, turkey chorizo), a Spanish tradition, or tortillas Españolas (Spanish-style quiche, potatoes, onion, jalapeno and choice of meat). Diners can complement this with a hand-crafted Bloody Mary. Items are on rotation for brunch, so there will always be something new to try.
3300 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 722 2500
Don’t be alarmed by the name, Hell’s Kitchen has earned a hearty reputation for good reason. Weekend brunch there is taken very seriously, there are four renditions of egg benedict. Try the bison benedict, crab cake benedict, or portobello benedict. For special diets, their extensive menu includes well thought out vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options that are clearly marked. Book your reservation well in advance; word has spread about this great venue and it’s incredibly popular.
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 332 4700
Hen House Eatery
Some people don’t like sticking to a regular schedule and for those people, Hen House Eatery is perfect, serving breakfast and brunch all day. Using locally sourced ingredients, you know you’re getting a quality start (or end) to your day as well as fresh tastes. Farm-friendly build-your-own omelets are available as well as classics such as eggs florentine and biscuits and gravy.
114 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 345 4664
World Street Kitchen
For a creative spin on your usual favorites, check out World Street Kitchen. In a laid-back environment, that encourages people to walk in with no reservations, they serve up creations like peanut butter and jelly French toast, the southside (caramelized lamb belly with cheesy hash browns, a secret sauce, basil and basted eggs) or stick to the boring breakfast (eggs, cheesy hash browns, homemade mirqaz-beef and lamb-sausage), and a specially curated brunch cocktail menu with the delicious WSK Mimosa (caramelized orange juice, vanilla, sparkling wine and bittercubes).
2743 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 424 8855
With a resumé of awards Victor’s 1959 Café has impressed food critics with their self-proclaimed revolutionary Cuban food. This southern Minneapolis restaurant is independently and locally owned and loved by a loyal clientele. Some of the Cuban dishes include bistec criollo (thinly sliced steak marinated in lime juice and garlic, sautéed green peppers, two eggs with yuca frita and toast). Not to be missed.
3756 Grand Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 827 8948
For brunch European style, try the extensive French menu at Meritage in St. Paul. Brunch alone is quite the thing with oysters, lobster and shrimp on the menu, perfect for those who want to try something different for brunch. If you can’t choose, sample the le Meritage plateaux, which consists of 12 oysters, six shrimps, clams along with a market-fresh assortment. If you still love the classic breakfast traditions, try them with a French twist here; there’s the croque madame and monsieur both worth a try.
420 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, +1 651 222 5670
The main attraction of Happy Gnome is the well respected 77 craft beers currently on tap in the restaurant and the wonderful food that accompanies it. Made from local ingredients designed to suit the mid-westerner’s palate, a Sunday brunch here aims to make everyone a happy gnome. The appropriately named ‘gnome hot brown’ is a favorite and it consists of sriracha, bacon, turkey, cheddar, prosciutto, tomatoes, eggs sunny-side-up, surly furious bread and mixed greens. Try it out alongside a Bloody Mary with house-infused vodka and a beer chaser.
498 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, +1 651 287 2018
Sitting two-storeys-tall, the Ice House is chic meets industrial. Previously a loading dock for Cedar Fuel and Ice, they’re now serving up hot brunch creations sure to warm you during the cold monotony of a Minnesota winter. With everything from a vegetarian benedict (mushroom and grain patty with braised greens) to duck brioche (seared foie gras, roasted chile gravy with eggs sunny-side-up), it’s a trendy spot for everyone.
2528 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota, +1 612 276 6523