Although I've been an extraordinarily negligent chronicler of the best brunch in the Twin Cities lately, fear not, breakfast lovers! I haven't sworn off the delights of boozing before noon and catching up with friends over brunch. Quite the contrary, in fact: since the last time I briefed anyone on my brunch quest (March 29th! Eek!), I've brunched it up hard. I'm going to continue, however, to be lazy and not write full recaps of the FIVE brunches I need to record here. Instead, we're going to do quick little rundowns, and call out the highlights, below. Loosen your waistbands, and, if you're hungry, go get a snack or come back later ;)
ONE. Al Vento, March 30th
Al Vento is a precious little hole in the wall in South Minneapolis with one of the best red sauces I've ever tasted, and their brunch buffet is (justifiably) famous around these parts. I joined Hannah, Sarah, and Katie for brunch on one of the first beautiful days the TC had after a long, nasty winter...it was heavenly! Highlights: the limitless buffet (so many options!), bottomless mimosas, and cute waiter... ;)
Check it out at http://www.alventorestaurant.com/.
TWO. French Meadow Bakery and Cafe, April 5th
My Notre Dame peeps and I snagged the best booth in the place (the round one, super-private, in the back with a view of the whole bar!) for mimosas and perfect quiche and catching up. The ambiance is fantastic--all wood beaming, gorgeous mosaic tiling and off-beat light fixtures--but their mimosas in all their pulpiness made me a little bit sad.
Visit yourself at http://www.frenchmeadowcafe.com/.
THREE. The St. Paul Hotel, April 27th
I absolutely ADORE the St. Paul Hotel. It embodies classic, old-world elegance and tradition from the top-hatted doormen to the cake-frosting crenellations at the top floor. I secretly think it's one of the prettiest places in the world. Their brunch is everything a brunch should be: the sleek, dark-marbled bar sets the mood, $3 mimosas are mixed right at the table, and their crab cake Benedict might just be the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. (You also get a giant plate of caramel rolls just for showing up. Um, hi.)
For major eye candy, head to https://www.saintpaulhotel.com/.
FOUR. The Edina Grill, June 14th
The Edina Grill, one of the members of the famed Twin Cities Blue Plate Restaurant Group, pleasantly surprised me. Alyssa, Steph and I met up for brunch before a girly day of manicures and wedding shopping, and the initial cramped wait had my expectations low. Once seated, however, service was excellent, and the sleek, cool atmosphere, delicious ginger-peach martini and toad-in-a-hole, a puff pastry-and-egg dish I haven't seen on a menu since I studied abroad in London, combined to completely offset the dreariness of a rainy Saturday.
See for yourself at http://www.edinagrill.com/.
FIVE. The Boneyard, June 28th
The Boneyard has quickly become one of Hannah's and my favorite Uptown destinations...she's currently studying for the CPA exam, and it's conveniently located near a plethora of coffee shops and the beautiful new Uptown Hennepin County Library. We tried it for brunch for the first time this weekend, and I seriously loved on the spacious, sunny patio and the "Paloma," a tequila-heavy, grapefruit-spiked beverage that was totally legitimate because, hello, it was on the brunch menu. Other standouts? The chipotle hollandaise on the pulled pork Benedict, and the whipped bourbon maple cream on the apple-granola pancakes. Yum.
Check it out at http://boneyarduptown.com/.
Well, campers, are you starving yet? More importantly, are you dying to join me next time? :)