Brunch in Minneapolis
posted December 5, 2013 7:56 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat December 14 at 10:30 AM, The Lowry
2112 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Map & Directions)
Let's take the green screen live to brunch in Minneapolis! I'm a transplant to the Twin Cities and would like to get together with fellow mefites for a Sunday brunch.
Yelp recently published a Brunch Edition and Minneapolis ranked #2 for Top 5 Brunch Cities. *

Although Yelp has been shady about its advertising practices, I still browse reviews with 2-3 grains of salt.

* "...for brunch based on total number of highly-rated brunch spots, the proportion of total restaurants that serve brunch and percentage of brunch restaurants that are rated 4 stars or higher."
posted by mild deer to Meetup (36 comments total)

Pizza Luce in downtown has an absolutely mindblowing brunch. French toast full of brie and magic. Salmon benedict to die for. Breakfast pizza made of three entire pigs. Also, build your own bloody bar, if I remember correctly. That might just be the one in Richfield, though.
posted by cthuljew at 2:46 AM on December 6, 2013

I assume the sort of people who write brunch reviews on Yelp never set foot in Hard Times or the Seward Cafe, but they don't know what they're missing. Okay... Seward is a serious suggestion, except that it's pretty permanently crowded on weekends. Hard Times's biggest selling point might be that it's cheap.

Cthuljew has linked to the wrong thing (not that I would object to being magically transported to San Francisco, especially given the current temperature). This is the Pizza Luce brunch menu.
posted by hoyland at 6:38 AM on December 6, 2013

I would eat brunch! I would eat brunch at many places! Yes to Luce, yes to Seward, yes to pretty much whatever because yes, there are a plethora of tasty options in this town.
posted by antonymous at 6:44 AM on December 6, 2013

I am also a transplant and would love to meet up! My only stipulation for brunch is that you don't make fun of me for being very picky with my order and recording what I eat on my fitness app because I'm on a new diet. Some place relatively inexpensive would be great, too.
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:33 AM on December 6, 2013

I'm happy to see that others are interested!

Pizza Luce's brunch menu looks mindblowing indeed!

I have passed by Hard Times and Seward many times, but haven't tried either. And I have heard many good things about Seward Cafe!

Personally, I'd like to try Eat Street Social's brunch, but I can go with friends another time. Hazel's is a favorite standby for me -- I'm open if anyone else wants to go. Otherwise, I'd prefer to try something new.

We absolutely will not make fun of you TrishaLynn. Actually, I can't speak for others, butI know that I won't. :)

What are some good times for you ladies and gents?
posted by mild deer at 10:10 AM on December 6, 2013

I came in to suggest moto-i. Fantastic brunch and they do groups. I'd also be up for Luce or Seward :)
posted by cabingirl at 1:40 PM on December 6, 2013

Brunch. Yesssssss. Moto-i, Luce, and Seward are all brunches I want to eat.

Saturdays are preferable to Sundays for me and, I'm pretty sure, a few others.
posted by clavicle at 2:02 PM on December 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm in, and find Saturdays preferable to Sundays.
posted by dinty_moore at 2:13 PM on December 6, 2013

Oh, also, Bryant Lake Bowl has great food, for what it's worth. (Pretty sure this is the correct menu this time.)
posted by cthuljew at 4:43 PM on December 6, 2013

I'd be interested; I'd also prefer something relatively cheap. Moto-i is likely to be wonderful but on the pricey side.

My first thought would be Al's Breakfast, but it's not terribly conducive to conversation in a large group. The Uptown Diner is fairly good, but I've had some bad experiences with their hashbrowns lately.

I keep wanting to try Rye, though I've heard vaguely mixed reviews.

Last time we had a meetup, some folks were interested in having boardgames at the next meetup. mild deer, what do you think?
posted by jiawen at 8:47 PM on December 6, 2013

Um, yes please! I'm super new here, so I have no suggestions, but I would love to meet more Twin Cities MeFites.
posted by timetoevolve at 9:27 PM on December 6, 2013

Moto-i's brunch is actually surprisingly not pricey, in the sense that you have multiple $6 options (and an $8 options), plus tax and tip. However, the brunch is kind of eh on the vegetarian front (the things that are look easily vegetarian-able are the expensive items, aside from one of the $6 options), which is a pity since they're a non-sushi Japanese restaurant whose main menu is clear about what's vegetarian (and has multiple vegetarian items!), which makes it pretty much a unicorn.

If we break the places mentioned down by price, Hard Times has the least expensive options (you can get out of Hard Times for less than $5 if you need to), starting at $3 or $4 and up from there (to like $8 maybe). Though I suppose people will want to eliminate Hard Times because it's exclusively vegetarian and cash only. Next is Seward, where most of the menu is in the $6-$8 range (I want to say the big biscuits and gravy is $9 (and is enormous), as is the big egg/meat/whatever thing I've always ignored completely, but I may be kind of unreliable in my memory of the entire menu). After that is Bryant Lake Bowl (which looks really good to me, but is it too crowded?), which is looks slightly more expensive than Seward (though it maybe depends how much their coffee costs). Then there's a big clump around the $8-$10 mark of Pizza Luce, Rye, the Uptown Diner and Hazel's. Pizza Luce is the least expensive on average of those three. Uptown Diner and Hazel's tie for the least expensive going by the least expensive option. Moto-i and Eat Street Social are sort of weirdly straddling that clump--their least expensive options are in line with the Uptown Diner and Hazel's, but the high end is more like $13 (and Moto-i is like $6, $8 and then jump to $12). I'm sure everyone wanted that much detail.
posted by hoyland at 6:07 AM on December 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

We are forgetting The Egg & I, which has the best pancakes and iirc is fairly inexpensive. Hazel's is only steps away from my house. I can go if we do it after Christmas and it doesn't matter to me where we go.

Doesn't French Meadow how some good veggie options? May be a little more spendy though. It's been awhile since I've been there.
posted by triggerfinger at 9:33 AM on December 7, 2013

Also, it might be controversial to call it a "brunch" spot, but I've had lots of Saturday brunches at the very awesome Quang's which I think otherwise ticks all of our veggie/price boxes.
posted by triggerfinger at 9:40 AM on December 7, 2013

Getting in a group for French Meadow's brunch seems like a daunting task, and yeah, it's on the pricier side of things.

Bryant Lake Bowl would be doable if it were six people or fewer, but I wouldn't try for more than that.

Despite living within walking distance of the Egg and I for years, I don't think I ever have actually make it in? There are too many delicious options close to me, I guess.

I love Hazel's for dinner, but haven't been there for brunch before. I'm more than willing to try (and then pop down to Crafty Planet afterwards, as is required).
posted by dinty_moore at 1:23 PM on December 7, 2013

I'd be there for a Saturday brunch, but I don't think I'd male it on a Sunday. I do really like this idea - it's really just logistics for me.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 10:54 AM on December 9, 2013

I was going to say let's meet at Pizza Luce. I liked the decent range of prices, it seems comfy for large groups, central location, and offered vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options. But I noticed that brunch is only served at Downtown Mpls, St. Paul, Hopkins, Richfield and Duluth locations. Maybe another time?

For this group, I was looking at mid-range-priced menu items, location, and cozyness level for a large group. So let me propose The Lowry. (I can't seem to access the breakfast menu on their official website.)

I can make reservations for this Saturday Dec 14...tentatively at 10:30 AM. Please let me know if you're interested by this Friday at 4:00 PM. :)
posted by mild deer at 9:57 AM on December 11, 2013

I'm down. We had a dinner/drinks meetup at the Lowry a while back and it was swell.
posted by clavicle at 1:00 PM on December 11, 2013

I have a conflict and can't attend. Have fun!
posted by paper chromatographologist at 5:42 PM on December 11, 2013

I have a time and money conflict. Sorry! I hope to make the next meet-up.
posted by jiawen at 5:57 AM on December 12, 2013

I'll be there.
posted by cthuljew at 8:06 AM on December 12, 2013

Now I'm convinced MetaFilter is just a front for The Lowry. Considering it's still so darn close to my place, I'm in.
posted by antonymous at 1:19 PM on December 12, 2013 [2 favorites]

Can't go wrong with a fireplace, flirty servers, a thoughtful menu, and...a huge-ass parking lot. If it's nice out (i.e., above 15F), I think I'll walk there. ;)
posted by mild deer at 1:50 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

IN. come to the Lowry and adore me, Mefites!
posted by padraigin at 8:58 PM on December 12, 2013

For those coming, I will be hold a plain sheet of green construction paper in my hand, just inside the entrance. :)
posted by mild deer at 4:29 PM on December 13, 2013

If I'm late, it's because I just opened another bottle of wine. I'll find you guys!
posted by padraigin at 8:31 PM on December 13, 2013

If I'm late, it's because the fire department just evacuated my entire building and my apartment is filled with smoke (fire started in apartment below me). Fortunately it's warm out so I've got all my windows open, though my cat isn't too happy about the situation.
posted by antonymous at 8:46 PM on December 13, 2013

If I'm late, it's because the 2 has not been having the best week and I'll be debating whether to say screw it and walk or keep waiting for the bus.

But yay for your apartment not burning down, antonymous.
posted by hoyland at 5:25 AM on December 14, 2013

I can't make it, but will keep an eye out for future meetups. Has there really not been one since that highland park one? i thought one of us was more responsible and social than that. For shame, mostly strangers.
posted by Think_Long at 8:27 AM on December 14, 2013

I'm late because it is cold out. Will be there shortly.
posted by dinty_moore at 8:38 AM on December 14, 2013

We're in first booth to left of door
posted by antonymous at 8:54 AM on December 14, 2013

Inbound on the 4!
posted by clavicle at 9:03 AM on December 14, 2013

It was nice to see/meet you all! We must have another meetup before it gets warmer to discuss optimal sidewalk ice-cracking locations and strategies for maximum enjoyment.
posted by antonymous at 11:03 AM on December 14, 2013 [2 favorites]

Aw, I totally forgot about this! I hope everyone had a great time.
posted by TrishaLynn at 11:40 AM on December 14, 2013

I had fun meeting everyone! I pass on next meetup-arranging duties to cthuljew!
posted by mild deer at 3:32 PM on December 14, 2013

Missed you, Trisha! Was great to meet you, mild deer, and I look forward to hugging you again in the future.

Next time let's talk more seriously about that ice-cracking location map.

Good to see all of you.
posted by padraigin at 9:05 PM on December 14, 2013

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