A tradition that started in the 1800s, brunch is a late breakfast or early lunch eaten after one sleeps in a little later than usual. While brunch used to be comprised of buffet-style breakfast foods and omelette stations, it has evolved into a complete genre of dining out. Restaurants will be capitalizing on the need for a later breakfast after a late night on New Year’s Eve. Make reservations or just be spontaneous in 2015 and try one of these fantastic brunch venues.
825 S. Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
One of the best steakhouses in Minnesota is also one of the best places to go for brunch. Before you commit to your New Year’s resolution, make sure you splurge on a manly meal of steak, eggs, giant pancakes or whatever else you may want for your first brunch of the year. With fresh ingredients and high-quality beef, Manny’s lays down an amazing spread paired with fantastic service and a phenomenal beverage selection. Go nuts this year, or just for the first day, by brunching at Manny’s.
485 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Tucked in a corner of St. Paul, Bon Vie is a cult breakfast haven. With so many fantastic and homemade items on the menu, it’s always difficult to decide. One of the favorites is the Belgium waffles with fresh strawberry sauce, a delicious treat after a long night of drinking. Other selections are eclectic and traditional at the same time. Try a breakfast burrito or the Brussels sprout hash for something new or make a special request – Bon Vie would love to accommodate you. Enjoy this cute bistro for a great brunch before you go back home for a nap.
2803 W. 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
A neighborhood favorite for everyday brunches, Zumbro Cafe turns out meals that are delicious and not too heavy for breakfast. Many of its dishes are fresh and light, not your typical fare of greasy eggs and bacon. Enjoy the beautifully open establishment in the Linden Hills neighborhood and dine on fresh fruit, soups, salads and coffee with the locals. Heartier meals include eggs Benedict, pancakes, homemade pastries and creative sandwiches. Wake yourself up with some of the best espresso in town and relax at Zumbro. The cafe is also just blocks away from Lake Harriet so you can enjoy a walk after your meal as well.
410 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Not done celebrating from the night before? Enjoy bloody Mary and mimosa drink specials for New Year’s brunch at Meritage. Each year, the brunch menu is different and spectacular, with delicious and satisfying dishes to help nurse your hangover away. House-smoked bacon is always a favorite, served with seasonal ingredients and full of amazing flavors. Last year, the scrambled eggs and bone marrow were the biggest hit of the day. Feed yourself with rich food in hopes of a rich year ahead.
5401 Nicollet Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Open for brunch at 9 a.m., the Wise Acre Eatery caters to those who want it healthy and those who want it fried. Either way, the menu is full of fresh farm-to-table dishes and seasonal ingredients. Not ready to detox from your night of indulgence? Wise Acre Eatery has a clever craft beer selection on tap and a wine list that pairs well with the fresh food. Try the hash of the day or a lite cup of fruit to start your year.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.