If you’re someone who likes to brunch (and who isn’t?), then you’re living in the right place. The Twin Cities are a brunch heaven. Every neighborhood seems to have at least one or two truly exceptional brunch spots, each with unique character and charm. An exhaustive list of great places to brunch in the Twin Cities would take you months to work your way through, so we’ve put together a list of our top four favorite restaurants for brunch in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In no particular order, because that really would be asking the impossible.
Tilia, Linden Hills, Minneapolis
Nestled in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood, a residential area adjacent to Lake Harriet characterized by tree-lined streets and quaint boutiques, Tilia earned several “Best Brunch” accolades in its first year of business in 2011. Tilia elevates brunch classics to the level of innovation with dishes such as French toast prepared with custard dipped sweet potato brioche, kimchi soft-scrambled eggs, and yogurt crème brulée. In a dining room where the head chef Steven Brown himself will deliver your meal, it feels like you’re brunching in the home of a close friend who happens to be a wizard in the kitchen.
The Buttered Tin, Lowertown, St. Paul
If you arrive at The Buttered Tin during peak brunching hours, you can expect there to be a bit of a wait—but it’s worth it. The bakery restaurant specializes in hearty American breakfast favorites with a twist, such as a soft scramble with seasonal ingredients like roasted sweet potato, caramelized union, smoked cheddar, and red watercress. Or buttermilk pancakes served with salted maple bacon butter to spread on top. Order a cupcake to go from The Buttered Tin’s delectable selection of baked goods.
The Copper Hen, Whittier, Minneapolis
At The Copper Hen, a Bloody Mary is served with a mini bacon and blueberry breakfast cupcake as garnish, which should tell you everything you need to know about how they approach brunch. The Copper Hen’s chic rustic dining room is packed every Saturday and Sunday morning with friends and families catching up over plates of bread pudding French toast, root vegetable hash, and buttermilk biscuits with maple sausage gravy. If you still have room when you’re finished, indulge in one of their signature “boozy cakes” – individual sized cakes baked in glass mason jars and served with a pipette of liqueur.
Spoon and Stable, North Loop, Minneapolis
For a gourmet brunch experience, look no further than Spoon and Stable. Considered one of Minneapolis’ finest dining spots, brunch is a more casual way to experience this James Beard Award-nominated restaurant. The stunning design of the restaurant’s dining room is exceeded only by the stunning display of pastries baked fresh every day by Spoon and Stable’s talented house pastry chef. Brunchers are encouraged to peruse the display before making their selections. We suggest ordering several to share. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for the exceptional entrees. Reservations are recommended, but can be acquired easily online or by phone.