Sunday, July 22, 2007

Big Al's Top Five Breakfasts

Occasionally, someone asks me where to eat breakfast in town. Not everyone knows that this blog exists, so they don't all know to just look here for my recommendations. Besides, there are so many reviews here, how can you tell at a glance what the best five restaurants are? OK, here they are: my personal top five places to eat breakfast in the Twin Cities.
  1. Barbette. It's always good, and I almost always get the Eggs Florentine. It comes with some fresh field greens, so you don't even have to feel bloated after breakfast. The atmosphere is comfortable, and we've been there often enough that we get slight nods of recognition from the wait staff.
  2. Town Talk. How can you argue with a restaurant that's only two miles from home, and has steak and eggs so good they make you want to cry? How can you fight the charms of the owners who want you to have a good time and the bartenders who will mix you a special drink? Maybe you can, but I can't.
  3. Maria's Cafe. She's the only one who makes that corn pancake, and the corn pancake is the only breakfast in town I literally crave if I haven't had one in a while. I can't write any more details, because it's been weeks, and I hate trying to wipe drool off of my keyboard.
  4. Day By Day Cafe. For traditional breakfast, it can't really be beat. Hash browns are unreliable, but you can't have everything, can you?
  5. A Baker's Wife. It's an upset, because it's just a bakery with no eggs, but there are certainly days when I just have pastry and coffee for breakfast, and on such days, I'm lucky if they come from A Baker's Wife.
Now, what about the rest of you? What are your top-five breakfasts in the Cities?


Anonymous said...

The Twin Cities are host to an embarassment of riches as far as breakfast goes, IMHO...

First, how can you title a post "Big Al's Top Five Breakfasts" and not mention...Al's Breakfast!

Two others:

Hell's Kitchen: pricey, but the food is really, really good.

Milda's Cafe: the prices seem stuck in the 60's, the food is great, and they close when the husband goes deer hunting. Super charming.

Alex said...

Oh, yes, Al's Breakfast. Well, we have six people, so Al's is almost impossible. I also don't think we'd be able to drag Judy ("Could I get some skim milk for my coffee?") there, though.

I've never heard of Milda's. I'll have to check it out.

Amadeus said...

I agree with Big Al. Unfortunately Al's Breakfast is out. Not only is our party too large, but most members of the club would not be able to deal with the idea of people standing directly behind them, waiting to take their seat. We don't like to feel rushed.

Where is Milda's??? I'm inerested...

Chuck Olsen said...

Good list.... I'd have to throw in Bryant-Lake Bowl myself.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on Maria's corn pancakes.

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Anonymous said...

Top 10:
(In no particular order/priority)

1. Hells Kitchen
2. Modern Cafe
3. Parkview (now closed)
4. Capitol View
5. Caps
6. Victors
7. St. Clair Broiler
8. Barbette
9. Jay's Cafe
10. Key's (Downtown)

(I am excluding Al's due to the inability to eat with a group: Al's is a solo mission)

Anonymous said...

I need to add a few more:

11. Day by Day
12. Sunny Side
13. Colossal Cafe
14. Hard Times
15. Mill City