by Erika Schmidt, junior writing coach
During school we all tend to skip the “most important meal of the day” a few times too many. So as winter break approaches and the opportunity to sleep in and eat a real breakfast is nearing, chances are you will be looking for the perfect breakfast place. I have taken the time to narrow down your breakfast and brunch options to five that you absolutely cannot go wrong with!
1. Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room
5635 Manitou Rd, Minnetrista, MN 55331
Hazellewood has a fantastic selection of breakfast items and is perfect for a family brunch. Their popovers are to die for and fortunately come with every order. Their menu has a large variety of options to choose from and they also offer healthy and gluten free options! However if this is your breakfast plan I highly recommend getting a reservation because it can fill up very quickly.
2. yum! Kitchen and Bakery
6001 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55343 or 4127, 4000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Admittedly I have only ever been to yum! for dinner but they have many breakfast options and their bakery is fantastic. I don’t even like cake but their cakes are amazing – my favorite is their coconut cake. Everything I have eaten from this restaurant has been absolutely sensational and it has proven to be one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Also, they tend to change their menu from time to time so every couple of weeks you might find a new favorite dish!
739 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
This French restaurant and bakery is an amazing experience. Bellecour’s food is fantastic and with their many brunch options you are sure to find something you will love. If you want to sit down for brunch I do recommend grabbing a reservation because this place is a hit! However, my favorite part of Bellecour has to be the little bakery to the side which has a variety of traditional French items including macarons, scones, and of course, croissants. Many of their bakery items come with a gluten free option as well!
4. School of the Wise
1750 Tower Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386
This cozy little restaurant in the booming center of Victoria, Minnesota is a fantastic stop to get some avocado toast, waffles, or an acai bowl. The environment is warm and friendly and the service is great. It’s a little bit quirky and a lot of fun. They have coffee and bakery items as well so you can kick back on their free WiFi and relax.
5. Isles Bun & Coffee
Isles Bun & Coffee, 1424 W 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
I am not exaggerating when I say this little bakery produces cinnamon rolls, buttercream frosting, and coffee as close to the ambrosia and nectar of the Greek gods as humanity will ever get. Isles Bun & Coffee may be a little bit out of the way and you may have to park at a meter but I promise you it is worth it! The recent expansion also gives plenty of room to sit and enjoy. Take it from somebody who has bought their “puppy dog tails” (not made from real puppies don’t worry) for years- this place is absolutely marvelous!
I hope these five options have inspired you to find your perfect breakfast spot. If you do end up going to one these places feel free to tell me how it was. I would love to hear your review!