It's official. Brunch is big, and captures the yuppie, Millennial zeitgeist of this phase of life in a particularly delicious, appropriate manner. (Use of the word "zeitgeist" alone might capture it. Yikes, pretentious snob over here much?) In my eyes, one of the best possible ways to spend a morning includes booze, a patio, breakfast, and best friends. Brunch manages to feel both uniquely civilized and hedonistic...nothing like a socially-acceptable excuse to get buzzed before noon.
With my newfound passion for the lunch-breakfast lovechild, I spent a little time bonding with the Google and discovered that, apparently, the Twin Cities and surrounding area are a top-five brunch zone for the US!
How could this fail to spur on my wild and crazy love and appreciation for the not-a-morning-person's breakfast? I immediately started Googling, Open Tabling, and Heavy Tabling like a fiend. Anywhere that was called out as brunch-worthy was scrawled on a legal pad. I started with old standards and places I'd been before, but the list quickly ballooned to include a hundred diners, cafes, restaurants and grills. Yikes. Bring on the Bellinis.
My (hugely ambitious, utterly frivolous, likely unachievable) goal/plan/idea is to try to visit as many of these hotspots and classic favorites as possible, chronicling each for your enjoyment and gastronomic temptation here. Here's to many, many Sundays of madcap mimosa magic. (If that alliteration didn't make you want to be my best friend, nothing will.)
Care to join me? Have any suggestions? Notice any glaring omissions? Let me know!
THE MINNEAPOLIZ SUNDAY BRUNCH CHALLENGE
4 Bells--visited 5/8/16. Review here.
Al Vento--visited 3/30/14. Review here.
Amsterdam Bar--visited 2/28/16. Review here.
Aster Café--visited 9/20/15. Review here.
Bachelor Farmer Café--visited 2/26/16. Review here.
The Bad Waitress
Barbette--visited 6/7/15. Review here.
Betty Danger's Country Club
Black Coffee & Waffle Bar--visited 5/17/15. Review here.
Boneyard Kitchen & Bar (CLOSED)--visited 6/28/14. Review here.
Bryant-Lake Bowl--visited 7/5/14. Review here.
The Buttered Tin
Cook St. Paul
Copper Hen Cakery and Kitchen--visited 8/3/14. Review here.
Eat Street Social
Edina Grill--visited 6/14/14. Review here.
The Freehouse--visited 9/13/15. Review here.
French Meadow--visited 4/5/14. Review here.
Good Day Café--visited 12/28/13. Review here.
Good Earth Edina--visited 11/22/14. Review here.
The Happy Gnome
Harriet Brasserie--visited 4/5/15. Review here.
Haute Dish--visited 2/28/15. Review here.
Hell's Kitchen--visited 12/12/15. Review here.
Hen House Eatery
Hi-Lo Diner--visited 5/6/16.
Highland Grill--visited 3/22/15. Review here.
Hola Arepa--visited 2/7/16. Review here.
Ike's--visited 2/21/16. Review here.
Libertine--visited 9/13/14. Review here.
Loring Kitchen & Bar (CLOSED)--visited 10/27/13. Review here.
Louie's Wine Dive (CLOSED)--visited 1/1/15. Review here.
The Lowry--visited 3/16/14. Review here.
Lucia's--visited 7/26/15. Review here.
The Mill Northeast
Mill Valley Kitchen
Modern Times Café
Moose & Sadie's--visited 7/10/16. Review Here.
Nicollet Island Inn
Patrick's--visited 12/7/14. Review here.
The Red Cow--visited 8/22/15. Review here.
Red Stag Supper Club
Saint Genevieve--visited 11/29/16.
Salut--visited 3/8/14. Review here.
The Sample Room
The Smack Shack
Spill the Wine (CLOSED)--visited 8/16/14. Review here.
Spoon & Stable--visited 2/5/16, 3/27/16, 4/17/16, 7/24/16.
The St. Paul Grill--visited 4/27/14. Review here.
Sun Street Breads--visited 8/30/15. Review here.
The Third Bird
Tongue in Cheek
Union Rooftop--visited 4/26/15. Review here.
Wise Acre Eatery
World Street Kitchen