Ok, we’ll admit, these are not healthy choices. But darn it, they’re good and every once in a while, you deserve a treat. Add a few more steps, walk to the store, add a few more minutes to the workout, slip into an extra Yoga class, do what you have to do. You work hard, sometimes it’s OK to just say “I want the French Toast”.
We’ve covered many breakfast and brunch places on “Off the Menu” with Dara and this time she’s mining the sugary and indulgent menus for her Top 5 Sweet-Tooth Breakfasts!
Butter Bakery Café – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
3700 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
It starts with some homemade cinnamon swirl bread that’s prepared in classic French Toast style. Add fresh fruit, Minnesota Maple Syrup, the amazingly good Hope Creamery Butter and you have turned the corner into indulgent breakfast fare that is as properly done as can be expected around the Twin Cities. The cinnamon swirl bread is what really makes this excellent. There’s nothing fancy about the food at Butter Bakery Cafe but you can expect made from scratch food prepared perfectly.
Zumbro Café- French Toast with Sour Cherry Rhubarb Compote
2803 W 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Another place that you can count on simple, good, high quality food is Zumbro, in the quiet and upscale southwest Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills. Their french toast is a plump and wholesome tasting bread with the unique twist of a sour-cherry, rhubarb compote that gives it a perfect edge of sweet and sour. A great spot for a lazy weekend brunch, especially if you’re looking to spend a nice day around Lake Harriet which is just up the street.
Good Day Café- Almond Crusted Brioche
5410 Wayzata Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Always busy, Good Day Café is a hopping spot off 394 and highway 100. Their breakfast menu is packed with items including several that could make this list. They include banana and blueberry syrup brioche French toast, some kid-favorite crepes, plain brioche french toast and the one that makes Dara’s list here. It’s an almond crusted brioche with strawberry compote and a very rich scoop of sour cream to balance the sweet. Rich, indulgent, and perfect for the sweet-tooth list!
Buttered Tin- Banana Foster French Toast
237 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
Think of this one as French Toast gone glam. Buttered Tin in St. Paul starts with a classic French baguette which makes this a little more dense right from the start. They pile it up with the classic banana foster sauce (rum-flamed bananas and plenty of butter), caramel, pecans and deliver it to your table while you drool in anticipation. It’s New Orleans or Paris on a plate. Don’t forget pancakes here either with an amazing salted maple bacon butter (ummmm, yes please!) and real maple syrup.
Nicollet Island Inn- Crème Brulee French Toast
95 Merriam St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Located in the most picturesque little spot on Nicollet Island with majestic views of downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River, the Nicollet Island Inn never lacks for romance and luxury. The food generally matches these qualities, especially the breakfast. And the French toast. Oh my. It’s crazy good. Plump Challah bread is soaked in so many eggs and cream it almost becomes a pudding. It’s then dropped on the flat-top, seared crispy and covered with fresh raspberry sauce, chocolate drizzle and a slightly sweet Mascarpone cream. It needs to be tasted to be believed. Amazing.