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.

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.

Cosmos

With high style and refined food that still manages to be comforting, this holiday brunch ranks at the top. Special menus for each holiday usually include a coursed menu option. 601 1st Ave. N., Mpls., 612-312-1168, cosmosrestaurant.com


Nicollet Island Inn

Besides the regular menu, there’s a brunch tasting menu with five chef-driven courses that change seasonally and hit savory to sweet. 95 Merriam St., Mpls., 612-331-1800, nicolletislandinn.com


Enjoy! Restaurant

South suburbanites count this as a Sunday standard. With multiple rooms and tons of seating, this is a large family-function brunch destination. 15435 Founders Ln., Apple Valley, 952-891-6569, enjoy-dining.com


Tria Restaurant

In a country farmhouse setting, big platters of hearty food pass between friends and family. This brunch goes till 4 pm, which may befit your leisurely day. 5959 Centerville Rd., North Oaks, 651-426-9222, triarestaurant.com


Original Pancake House

OK, it doesn’t take weekend reservations, and it is usually packed, but you can call ahead and get on the waitlist. Peanut butter pancakes, apple pancakes, Dutch babies, oh my! Four metro locations, ophmn.com


Jax Cafe

Dress up, because you’ll want to look your retro old-school best. Jax is all classy and classic with dueling tables of hot and cold items: eggs Benedict vs. poached salmon. 1928 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-789-7297, jaxcafe.com


Kozlak’s Royal Oak Restaurant

The signature New Orleans Jazz Brunch includes a monster salad bar with more than 30 offerings, jambalaya, and other Cajun specialties, and a bit of live jazz to go with the unlimited bloody mary bar. 4785 Hodgson Rd., Shoreview, 651-484-8484, kozlaks.com


Jimmy’s Food & Cocktails

Choose from the stylish menu plates or go for the refillable big platter of eggs, cakes, sausage, bacon, and potatoes served family-style. 11000 Red Circle Dr., Minnetonka, 952-224-5858, jimmysfoodandcocktails.com


FireLake

Telling a Midwestern story with local ingredients, it may be the last bastion of the apple pannekoeken. 31 S. 7th St., Mpls., 612-216-3473, firelakerestaurant.com


St. Paul Grill

Classic all the way, unless you count the vanilla bourbon French toast and the savory bacon/cheddar malted waffle, which are all kinds of love that seem fresh and new. 350 Market St., St. Paul, 651-224-7455, stpaulgrill.com


WA Frost

Forget the patio and nestle into a fire-lit room while you tuck into a menu that is redolent with sausage and bacon. 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, wafrost.com


Lake Elmo Inn

The king of east metro brunch, the buffet stretches for days and is piled with all the standards (including two tables dedicated to sweets!). 3442 Lake Elmo Ave. N., Lake Elmo, 651-777-8495, lakeelmoinn.com


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.

Manly Mornings

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.

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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