Manly Mornings

Meaty and massive are perhaps the two main characteristics of a morning meal that will satisfy a manly appetite. Not that that’s necessarily a gender thing.

Manly Mornings

The Strip Club

You Pennsylvania Dutchmen will go for the Scrapple, surely, because it’s hard to pass up pork scraps that have been pressed and pan-fried. And yet the Chef’s Loaded Burger will seductively call to you with melty cheddar cheese, thick bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, and two fried eggs as the breakfast dish you knew you always wanted. 378 Maria Ave., St. Paul, 651-793-6247, domeats.com


HauteDish

What would you expect for breakfast from King of Meats Landon Schoenefeld? How about pigs in a blanket in which smoked pork shoulder is wrapped in johnnycake, a Reuben benny with corned beef on a pumpernickel muffin, and of course a Portuguese-style blood sausage hash with harissa and kale. Naturally. 119 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-8484, haute-dish.com


The Kenwood

The dapper man need not make sucking sounds when he eats. In a refined hunt-club way, he might enjoy The Kenwood’s huevos rancheros with a right kick and healthy amount of braised pork, the shrimp ‘n’ grits with blue prawns and Andouille sausage, or the hanger steak that rides along some of the most beautifully soft scrambled eggs in town. 2115 W. 21st St., Mpls., 612-377-3695, thekenwoodrestaurant.com


JD Hoyt’s

If you have a stable of teenage boys, we gift you this moment of respite from cooking: JD’s family-style brunch is $15 for all you can eat of scrambled eggs, pork chops, ham, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, and beignets (yes, donuts). Remind them to breathe. 301 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-338-1560, jdhoyts.com


Manny’s Steakhouse

Yes, you can have steak for breakfast. And you can have a thick, fatty slab of Neuske’s bacon steak too. And you can have an omelet with prime rib, chicken sausage, bacon, and aged cheddar oozing over nubs of token asparagus. And you can have a decadent Benedict with braised Kobe short ribs, because, after all, this is Manny’s. 825 Marquette Ave., Mpls., 612-339-9900, mannyssteakhouse.com

ALSO VERY MANLY


Pancakes

Pancakes

Whether you call them cakes or flapjacks, there’s no denying the power of the pancake to deliver a gut-filling, heart-warming morning meal. Here's nine critic's picks.

Diners

Diners

Not many people order Adam and Eve on a Raft these days when they want eggs and toast, but there are still pockets of greasy griddle-top cooking that bring you back to simpler days and simpler eggs.

Eye-Openers: Breakfast Cocktails

Morning cocktail anyone? From bloody marys to coffees, these drinks will give you a mighty wake-up call. Sip on these ten critics' picks.

Egg Sandwiches

Egg Sandwiches

A complete dish in your hands, the egg is the perfect food, especially when joined by some melty cheese, perhaps a little salty breakfast meat, and a bit of cheffy bravado.

Coffee Loves Pastry

Coffee Loves Pastry

If you have to grab and go, make it meaningful with both caffeine and pastry groups representing.

Family-Friendly

Family-Friendly

These places know how to make it a good morning for you while keeping the kiddos entranced.

Donuts

Donuts

The humble hunk of sugary fried dough can be as simple as cake or as funky as chai these days. These five represent.

Reservations Required

Reservations Required

Easter and Mother’s Day are the biggest brunch days of the year. Here are the classic spots if you want to call early.

Ethnic

Ethnic

Morning is universal. You don’t have to stick with the same old eggs and cakes.

Late Night

Late Night

Tucking into a mess of eggs or stack of cakes at the end of an evening just seems to cap the revelry. Plus, it will carry you through until bloody mary time.

Don’t Diss the Buffet: 3 to Hit

Don’t Diss the Buffet: 3 to Hit

Three different spins on all-you-can eat brunch buffets.

Make the Drive: Worthy One-Offs

Make the Drive: Worthy One-Offs

These breakfast dishes make these dining spots a destination.

Andrew Zimmern: Make The Most of The Most Important Meal

Andrew Zimmern: Make The Most of The Most Important Meal

Three-egg omelets were fine when you filled up and headed outdoors to earn your living, but now we need more balance.

Beth Dooley: What’s So Special About Al’s Breakfast?

Beth Dooley: What’s So Special About Al’s Breakfast?

It has been six decades since the original Al—Al Bergstrom—started flipping hash in an 11-foot storage shed squeezed in the alley.

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