There are brunches with high cuisine, brunches with glorious pastries, and brunches mainly consisting of mimosas. And then there’s Ike’s. Great service, bottomless bacon, and a caramel roll the size of my head. Note: I have a very large head.
Those enormous, gooey, are-you-kidding-me, caramel rolls. They’re cooked in a giant pan so it almost becomes a caramel roll cake topped with pecans and slathered with butter. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra caramel—you deserve it. You’re not counting calories today.
IT’S MOSTLY FAMILY STYLE
Choose your egg style: the breakfast quesadilla is very nice, the benedict is traditional and well-executed, and you can’t go wrong with the omelet bar. Then you’re swiftly delivered a platter with hash browns (crispy and greasy as they should be), bacon, pattied sausage, and pancakes (does anyone have room for pancakes?). All of the family-style items are bottomless, so you can eat as much bacon, sausage, hash browns, and pancakes as you can handle. It's $18.
The service was Sunday-morning-steakhouse-brunch friendly. You know what I mean? With a server who’s been doing this for years, knows how to joke with you, and knows when to walk away. When we asked for more hash browns, they appeared almost immediately.
THE BLOODY MARY
It’s so good the name is trademarked: The Weekender™ Bloody Mary. It’s a flavorful, not-too-spicy mix of tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. The garnish is epic: celery, pickled asparagus spear, pepperoncini, black olive, green olive, cocktail onion, pickle, giant cube of creamy American cheese. Plus a skewer of shrimp and a summer sausage stick. Yes.
The only disappointment. It was pretty thin and flavorless.
Ike’s brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. If you don’t want to go all-in, you can order off of the lunch menu featuring the perfect chopped salad and a well-regarded burger.
To me, brunch is all about the conversation and the comfort level—and Ike’s had both. We brunched with friends, but it was the kind of meal I’d take my parents to.
Ike’s Food & Cocktails, 50 S. 6th St., Mpls., ilikeikes.com