Being such a common part of breakfasts all over the world, it’s easy to take good eggs, and good egg dishes, for granted. But for those who appreciate a finer morning meal, a meal without runny omelets or overcooked yokes, know the difference. We’re taking custard with flaky crust, quiche that melts in your mouth and Benedicts that will have you praying to the breakfast gods. These are a few local options that take one of the staples of breakfast and elevate it into something better. For breakfast, brunch or until whenever they stop serving them, try one of these local egg dishes.
Omelet Du Jour at Meritage
412 Saint Peter St
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Brunch at Meritage seems like one of those things that should be saved for special occasions. It’s just that good. The Omelet du Jour is always simple and delicious, and often the best part. This is not a diner omelet. This is the fluffiest, most melt-in-your-mouth goodness you’re likely to find for breakfast. Filled with always-changing ingredients, like Gruyere cheese and white asparagus, this is the omelet that will convince people that yes, you can do fine dining for brunch.
Fat Nat’s Eggs
Three local locations including 3540 Winnetka Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Fan Nat’s Eggs does its name justice. From Eggs Benedict to Huevos Rancheros, you’ll get all the best egg dishes done right. Comfort food is one of those things that, no matter how many diets or health crazes kick in, everybody needs now and again. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hangover or just a hankering, places like Fat Nat’s serve a beautiful purpose in this world: to make us full, warm and happy. Next time you’re wondering where to go for your classic breakfast, check out the eggs at Fat Nat’s.
Quiche at Patisserie 46
4552 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Quiche is one of those things that if you haven’t had a good experience with it, you’ll wonder what all the hype is about. An egg-bake? What’s the big deal? Well for anyone you know that doesn’t love quiche, take them to Patisserie 46. The flakiest crust and the savory deliciousness of what is baked inside makes it so good. You can get the quiche with breakfast meat, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the animal-free option.
Soft Scramble at The Buttered Tin
237 7th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
The daily preparation of this scramble is always stuffed full of locally sourced, and even more importantly, delicious ingredients. Farmer’s Market veggies, from tomatoes, green onions, asparagus or whatever else is in season, make for a fresh, tasty breakfast and one of the best in St. Paul. You’ll be left wondering how The Buttered Tin gets its eggs so soft, so savory without being overly salty, and ultimately, so satisfying. Do leave yourself time when you’re going on the weekends, however, as you’ll be waiting for a table.
Breakfast Poutine at Ward 6
858 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Poutine made its way south from Canada and into restaurants around Minnesota a few years ago, and we have seen variations popping up, both upscale and casual, ever since. The Breakfast Poutine at Payne Avenue’s Ward 6 in St. Paul was brilliant enough to turn it into breakfast, adding a perfectly cooked egg on top of the usual fries and curds, and some of the most delicious sausage gravy you’ll find anywhere. There are other egg dishes at Ward 6 to try, including a fantastic quiche, but give this egg poutine a try next time you’re extra hungry.
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.