One thing is for sure: Easter is a family affair, and the whole family needs to eat. You need brunch. You need big tables with a lot of food to accommodate everyone from grandma and grandpa to toddler nieces and nephews. You need to make a reservation at one of these local restaurants to celebrate Easter with brunch in the best possible way.
1624 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Family-style brunch at this accessibly upscale restaurant at the edge of downtown Minneapolis is sure to satisfy any pallet. For those looking for the classic eggs and hash browns breakfast, this is certainly the spot; Cafe Lurcat is elegant down to the smallest detail while still satisfying your hunger for hearty American breakfast. With a table dedicated to coloring Easter eggs and perhaps an Easter Bunny appearance, this brunch is sure satisfy the smallest diners in your party while the grownups enjoy what the kitchen has to offer.
276 Exchange St. S
St Paul, MN 55102
The extravagant (and haunted) mansion just outside of downtown St. Paul in the historic and beautiful Irvine Park neighborhood serves all the brunch classics with the type of panache you want to save for special days. Easter is one of those days. Having stepped up their game in the last few years to create an ultimate brunch experience, you’ll find large portions of delicious breakfast foods, french toast with fresh fruit, waffles and some of the best bacon in the Twin Cities. Also, be sure to let them know any dietary restrictions or allergies beforehand, and they will be happy to accommodate.
767 Raymond Ave.
St Paul, MN 55114
Key’s is that classic American diner serving large portions from recipes that have stood the test of time. If you want to kick back, relax, eat and then wash it all down with a tall glass of orange juice, go to Key’s. Whether you’re at the original location on Raymond Avenue in St. Paul or at any of the other metro locations, you’re guaranteed a brunch to make everyone smile.
The Copper Hen
2515 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
The use of local, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients is now less of a trend and more of a staple of new restaurants. This brunch, however, is truly farm-focused, as it brings all the wholesome goodness of the fields, prairies and barns and puts them on your plate in the most delicious way possible. Pure and simple, this is a great brunch for the family. From the Farmhouse Brunch, mixing eggs and hash with French toast and your choice of meat, to skillet scrambles, Benedicts and a “toast bar” that features every topping and style of toast you could hope for, this is the type of good eating that Minnesota was founded on with a modern twist.
The St. Paul Grill
350 Market St.
St Paul, MN 55102
The specialty Easter brunch menu also includes a colossal caramel roll that just might redefine the notion of sweets for breakfast; oozing with warm caramel, doughy and delicious, it’s an Easter treat in and of itself. But you’re not just coming here for caramel rolls; you’re coming here for the ultimate brunch experience, the brunch that is worth getting the whole family together for: steak and eggs cooked to perfection, Benedicts, pancakes and to-die-for sausage and bacon, all with live music in the background in a beautiful, historic setting.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.