Food & Drink

The 7 Best New Brunches in the Twin Cities

Published On 04/20/2015 Published On 04/20/2015

If there's one thing people in the Twin Cities love more than a great brunch, it's... well, these 25 things... but we also really like a great new brunch, so we scoured MSP, from some of the top restaurants to some more down to earth spots, and found seven sweet ones you should try this weekend. Feast your eyes...

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Tinto Cocina + Cantina

If you’re looking to get a side of brunch with your margarita, head on over to one of Lyn-Lake’s newer additions for a slurry of Mexican-themed in-between meal options. The Steak + Egg Torta is a total winner and comes with a jalapeño potato hash that’s certain to pry those tired little eyes wide open.

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One of our favorite new(ish) meatery is serving a variety of delicious weekend offerings, including special pancakes, beef-bacon BLT’s with house-made beef bacon, and salmon pastrami Benedicts. Oh, and let’s not forget about its selection of signature Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Red Wagon Pizza Company

Red Wagon Pizza Company

Pizza for brunch? Yes please! This Southwestern Minneapolis pizzeria is turning its wood-fired ovens over to the brunch gods not only on the weekends, but also on Mondays too, for all of you service industry folks who never get the chance to indulge. In addition to a variety of brunch-y pizza options, it's also serving its own delicious take on chilaquiles and an array of fresh baked pastries.


The Rabbit Hole

This one is the brunch you need to prepare for in advance because it’s only going down once a month, so mark your calendars if you plan on going to Chef Thomas Kim’s unique approach to your weekend favorites. Yeah, you can get the incredible poutine, which comes with a rich, porky gravy and a slow poached egg, or you can go for a hash with pork belly and kimchi. The choice is yours, but be sure to choose wisely because you’ll have to wait a while before you get the chance to make your next pick.

Brasserie Zentral

Downtown Minneapolis
European-style breakfasts get a thumbs up from us, so we couldn’t be happier about what the folks over at Zentral are up too! Featuring a delicious array of offerings like Belgian-style waffles, Dutch-style pancakes, and crispy schnitzel topped with a fried egg, this is guaranteed to be the way to kick off a Sunday morning good proper like.

Spoon and Stable

Spoon and Stable

North Loop
That crafty Gavin Kaysen is at it again, but this time he’s bringing brunch items ranging from Dill-Cured Salmon on “everything bagel” flatbread, and a fried egg sandwich with ham, arugula, and black truffle aioli, to his delicious smoked oysters and lush Bison Tartare. If you’re feeling particularly French-y, go with the Red Wine Poached Eggs with wild mushrooms.

Hola Arepa

Hola Arepa

Quite possibly the hottest brunch spot in all of Minneapolis at the moment, the South American-inspired cuisine at this food truck gone brick-and-mortar was destined for the brunch treatment with options like the Breakfast Arepa, which comes filled with a fried egg, black beans, tomatoes, and cheese, or the delicious Arepa Benedict with Spanish sausage, spicy hollandaise, and chicharrón. Let’s not forget about the cocktails either, because you know that you’re there for those just as much as you are for the food.

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1. Tinto Cocina & Cantina 901 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

This Mexican restaurant that actually has homemade tortillas. Offering a variety of small plate and large plate options along with cocktails, sangrias, and variety of craft taps, this could finally be the Mexican restaurant that Uptown has sorely needed.

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2. Libertine 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef, pork, and lamb hard, plus serving up some exotic cuts of meat in the process: lesser known chops like feather steaks, point steak, and onglets are on the menu here. But don’t worry veg-heads, they’ve got plenty to offer you too, like an entire section of the menu that's dedicated to vegetarian dishes.

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3. Red Wagon Pizza Company 5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (Southwest)

What started as a pizza food truck has evolved into a stylish brick-and-mortar in Armatage, where thin-crust pies and handmade pastas are the focus. The pizzas have an inevitable crispness that comes from being cooked in a wood-fired oven. The signature Red Wagon pie is topped with house-made cheese & sausage, soppressata, banana peppers, chili flakes, and fig balsamic. As for pastas, go with the fire-roasted meat lasagne.

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4. The Rabbit Hole Midtown Global Market, , Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Whittier)

From couple behind the culinary genius of The Left Handed Cook comes this graffiti-laden Midtown Global Market eatery. This is one of the best spots to stop in and grab some spicy Korean-inspired bar food and a cold cocktail. You’ll never go wrong with the Harold & Kumar poutine, a slew of house-cut fries, kimchee, onion, parmesan & cheddar cheese, poached egg, pork curry gravy, and, of course, chipotle aioli.

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5. Brasserie Zentral 505 S. Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The menu's full of dumpling and spätzle and other European comfort foods from Chef Klein's heritage.

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6. Spoon and Stable 211 North First St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

The crew puts a lot of work and effort into the array of exquisite dishes and cocktails at this Downtown/Northloop. While nabbing a reservation might still be a little difficult, walking into the bar hasn’t ever really been an issue -- and you can order the full menu there, or choose from the equally delectable bar-only menu. The pastries are a solid choice for brunch, and mix up your typical Sunday mimosa morning with a Coffee 43 cocktail, which features cold-press coffee, Licor 43, tequila, and cream.

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7. Hola Arepa 3501 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Downtown)

Originally a food truck, the brick and mortar incarnation has a menu is stuffed with long-braised meats, crumbly cheese and their fiery sauces. They've got a great drinks menu too.