Top Breakfast Spots

Alex at Twin Cities Breakfast Club breaks down his top-5 breakfast spots with:

1. Barbette
2. Town Talk
3. Maria’s Cafe
4. Day by Day Cafe
5. A Baker’s Wife

Seems like a solid list to me. Personally, I’d find a way to get Birchwood Cafe into the mix, and I’d be willing to bump Day by Day or A Baker’s Wife to make it happen. Day by Day is top-10 but not top-5 material. I’d put a Blue Plate restaurant in the top-5 as well. Probably the Longfellow Grill based on their breakfast burrito.

Anyone up for breakfast tomorrow?

Fireroast Mountain Cafe Breakfast Burrito

Fireroast Mountain Cafe Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito from the Fireroast Mountain Cafe is a top-5 breakfast burrito in town along with the French Meadow Bakery and Longfellow Grill to name two others. If I had to round out the top-5, I’d add the Louisiana Cafe and Trotter’s for their Tortilla Lucia, which isn’t technically a breakfast burrito but would compare favorably on a DNA test.

Hippies Don’t Bus Tables

Alex, of the Twin Cities Breakfast Club says what needed to be said in the comments of the Trotter’s visit by said club:

The Twin Cities Breakfast Club Blog: Hippie food for breakfast?

Um. Yes. The bark and twigs. The lack of grease. The having to serve yourself and do your own clean-up. I do believe you have captured the essence of Trotters. Why go out to eat if you are just going to have granola, anyway? I have granola in my own cupboard, and I occassionally even have milk fresh enough to pour on top of it. And I have to bus my own table at home, too. I know the analogies section of the SAT is dead, but here’s one for you: Trotters is to going out to eat as going to work is to being on vacation. In fact, the only reason to go is to socialize with the other club members (and to gripe to them about the counter service), which is of course worth it in its own right.

Seriously, what is it with healthy breakfast spots and minimal service. Why does there appear to be a correlation between homemade granola and waiting in line? Between organic eggs and no table busing?

Healthy Breakfasts in the Twin Cities has a great breakdown of healthy Twin Cities breakfast options via Peter Kastler of

Breakfast special: Hold the grease! –

But if you are looking for a healthier start to the morning, there are several options around the Twin Cities that will fill you up without toppling your nutritional pyramid. Here are a few that are worth a visit.

Trotters, Birchwood, Moose & Sadie’s, of course. I’d rank them Birchwood, Trotters

My only disappointment is that I’d already discovered almost every place on the list. I was hoping there were more gems out fitting into this category.

Which of the restaurants mentioned is your favorite place for a healthy breakfast?


Rice Krispie Bar Breakfast

Rice Krispie Bar Breakfast, originally uploaded by edkohler.

Breakfast of champions at Tillie’s Bean.

I suggested to one of the barristas that the green tea pairing balances this out. She responded, “Life is a balancing act.”