A meal out for lunch or dinner with friends or a hot date (read: my fabulous and fun bf) is not so unique for me. Obviously, as evidenced by my extensive list of restaurants visited around the Twin Cities area. A breakfast out though…now that’s something special!
Over the last couple months I’ve gone out to breakfast not once, but twice! IT’S A RECORD!
My first breakfast out was at the Uptown Diner.
Uptown Diner is – you guessed it – a staple of Uptown. It serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Wednesday and then stays open all night long Thursday-Sunday. Read: it gets the brunch crowd and the bar-close crowd. Because who doesn’t want a juicy burger and fries and a malt after bar-close? Really though, I wouldn’t know.
I do know, however, know that their hash browns are bomb.
As is the veggie omelette with fruit:
And the french toast with fruit and nuts that my friend got looked superb:
If you want large portions and hearty food, this is a good bet for any meal of the day.
The second breakfast out I enjoyed was at Hazel’s Northeast.
Another restaurant with a neighborhood association, Hazel’s is an icon of the Northeast neighborhood, and weekend waits can climb to close to two hours. Luckily we went on a weekday and avoided a rush (but the restaurant was still almost full!).
We were seated near the open kitchen and were immediately overwhelmed by the multitude of good-looking options presented by the menu:
The choice was made for hot cocoa, pico omelette, and drunken banana french toast (warm bananas, rum soaked raisins, caramel, and toasted pecans).
Both of these locations are top-notch breakfast eateries, and the lines out the door prove it. If you go on a weekend, go early or expect to wait.