Breakfast dishes for all occasions.
Common wisdom tells us we’d all be better off eating breakfast every day. For early risers, that might mean a simple morning special like eggs, toast and hash browns, eaten as the rooster crows. Guess what? We’ve got a café recommendation for that. Maybe eggs Benedict on a leisurely weekend morning is more your style. Yep, we’ve got restaurants for that, too. Even if you’re on the lookout for a light and healthy breakfast like yogurt, granola and fruit, Plymouth’s got you covered. One thing is certain: Our guide to area breakfast and brunch spots leaves no excuse for not starting the morning off right.
Chef Mark Stankey describes himself as a “simple eggs and hash browns type of guy” when it comes to breakfast. Hence, he recommends the breakfast special: two eggs any style, hash browns and your choice of Old Smokehouse bacon, ham or sausage, offered daily on the breakfast menu at Woody’s ($8.25). The Johnny D., served with all of the above plus pancakes, is suited for heartier appetites, or step it up and try the Woody’s Benedict with ham, asparagus and homemade hollandaise. You’ll also find omelets, pancakes, a yogurt parfait, steel-cut oats and more served weekdays from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The same menu runs for weekend breakfast from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but is augmented with a section of lunch items that includes soups, pizza, sandwiches and pasta. 220 Carlson Pkwy. N.; 763.476.1011
Eggs Bacon Avocado Benedict
When asked to single out a breakfast specialty at Fat Nat’s, owner Jeff Nat responds, “We’ve got a lot of them.” That’s no surprise for a place this focused on eggs—it opens bright and early at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. on weekends) and closes right after lunch at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. weekends). When pressed, Nat zeroes in on the bacon avocado Bennie, a twist on the standard eggs Benedict using bacon, a slice of tomato and a spicy avocado verde, then smothered with hollandaise ($7.95). For spendthrifts, there’s an early-bird special offered until 9 a.m. daily. Fat Nat’s is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if you haven’t been there in awhile, note that it recently moved to a bigger space 55 feet down the road from the old one. 3540 Winnetka Ave. N., New Hope; 763.540.0234
Grand Brunch Buffet
Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Creekside Café lines up a daily breakfast buffet ($9.99) that’s perfect for travelers, but it’ll satisfy locals as well for an early morning start (6:30–10 a.m. Monday–Friday and 7–11 a.m. Saturday). Get your fill of eggs, meat, potatoes, waffles, and pancakes or French toast. The buffet is ramped up on Sundays with a garden-fresh omelet station, fruit display, and biscuits and gravy served 7 a.m.–12:30 p.m., and on holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day there’s a grand brunch buffet. While the all-you-can-eat option is by far the most popular, there’s also an a la carte menu offering omelets, eggs Benedict, breakfast wraps and lighter fare like granola with yogurt or oatmeal and raisins. 3131 Campus Dr.; 763.559.6288
Prime Rib Hash
There are just five items on the Sunday brunch menu at Axel’s Bonfire (served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), but flavorful combinations like the prime rib hash ($11.95) make each dish really count. It’s made with diced prime rib, onions, peppers, locally grown potatoes and your choice of egg, and finished with Cajun hollandaise drizzled on top. The drink specials make the deal even sweeter, with $4 screwdrivers and homemade bloody marys, and 99 cent mimosas. On special days like Easter and Mother’s Day, there’s an elaborate buffet. Make reservations to enjoy your fill of breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch items, as well as a dessert table. 3000 Harbor Ln.; 763.398.7408
Granny’s Country Omelet
One of the best things about Perkins’ famous Granny’s country omelet ($9.19) is that you can get it anytime—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Made with ham, a garden mix of onions, peppers and celery, hash browns and American cheese, it’s a satisfying breakfast in its own right, but it also comes with fruit, toast or pancakes to boot. Meanwhile, the Perkins pancake also has garnered a loyal fan base. Specials are offered on holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day. 2945 Empire Ln. N.; 763.559.0270
It’s not just about pastrami on rye at Mort’s. The Bubby’s Benedict, served on challah bread with corned beef, a poached egg and homemade hollandaise and accompanied by hand-sliced hash browns, has become a morning favorite ($7.99). It’s served during the weekend breakfast, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Some breakfast items, like omelets and corned beef hash, are served through the dinner hour. Chef specials are offered on holidays, and changes to the menu are scheduled for this season, including an expanded menu of salads and fruits. 525 Winnetka Ave. N., Golden Valley; 763.544.2900
With less than a year under its belt, BLVD Kitchen and Bar has established itself as a crowd-pleasing favorite for those living in the western ’burbs, especially for the after-work scene and game-watching crowd. But Sunday brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the complimentary monkey bread, served warm and topped with cream cheese frosting, is a pretty fabulous start. Follow it up with the house favorite, a brioche French toast served with berry compote. The bustling eatery also tends to whoop it up during holidays with decorations and special menus (think fancier breakfast fare like a lobster eggs Benedict), so add it to your list of potential candidates for Easter and Mother’s Day brunch. 11544 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka; 763.398.3200