Best Brunch Places in the Twin Cities

Brunch is amazing. It takes two of  the best parts of the day--breakfast and lunch--and combines them into one glorious meal. Brunch is the perfect excuse to go out with your girls, pig out on some delicious food, and it’s one of the few times it’s appropriate to drink at 11 in the morning. Try out one of these great restaurants on your next brunch adventure.

Day by Day Cafe

This cafe is a classic spot for breakfast and lunch, and it’s one of my all time favorites. From pancakes to burgers, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love on Day by Day’s accommodating menu. Not only do they have delicious food, but the restaurant atmosphere is the perfect combination of comfy and quirky. There’s an outdoor patio filled with greenery and water fountains, eccentric decorations throughout the space and hundreds of books shelved on the walls for your enjoyment. If you’re looking for an affordable and no-frills place for brunch, check out this cozy cafe  on West 7th in St. Paul.

Feeling sweet? Try the Pig's Eye Porridge.

Looking for something savory? Get the Coop’s Special.

Hola Arepa

This Latin restaurant’s specialty is their Venezuelan stuffed arepas. These bad boys are fluffy cornmeal patties stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses and made-from-scratch salsas. Everything on Hola Arepa’s menu is so delicious,I recommend going with a large group and trying one of everything. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on their yuca fries.

Feeling sweet? Taste test a side of the yogurt flan.

Looking for something savory? Order the Breakfast Fried Egg Arepa. Your tastebuds will thank you.

Eat Street Social

Though this place is more like a bar than restaurant, Eat Street Social does have a small and refined brunch menu. There may not be many options to choose from, but the food that’s on their menu is there for a reason. While you’re enjoying their delicious food, make sure you check out their featured bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and many other cocktails that will make your brunch that much better.

Feeling sweet? Opt for the french toast–it’s made with their house cherry-almond bread.

Looking for something savory? Lobster and eggs. Enough said.

Hell’s Kitchen

This restaurant’s most notable feature is their weekend drink special. They have a 35 foot-long Bloody Mary bar with (literally) hundreds of hot sauces, rim salts and garnishes. If spicy isn’t your thing, opt for the equally impressive mimosa bar that features many different champagnes, juices and garnish options.

Feeling sweet? Try their famous lemon-ricotta hotcakes.

Looking for something savory? Hell’s Kitchen has labeled their walleye hash and eggs as a “MN Icon”.

Birchwood Cafe

Located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, Birchwood Cafe is a small and bustling restaurant, known for using local and sustainable ingredients. Their menu changes with the seasons, so there’s always something new and delicious to try. If you’re looking for a tasty brunch that isn’t too heavy, try out one of their many gluten-free or vegan dishes.

Feeling sweet? Their french toast with a side of fresh fruit is a winning combination.

Looking for something savory? Birchwood is known for their “Savory Waffle”. It has wild rice, feta cheese, bacon, parsley pistachio butter and more. YUM.


Al’s Breakfast

Al’s is a Dinkytown classic. It’s small, it’s cramped, and it’s oh-so-loveable. If you’re looking for a brunch spot to take your parents or out of town guests, Al’s is a great way to show of the U’s unique character. Though you may have to stand outside in line, the wait is worth it once you belly up to the counter and order some amazing comfort food.

Feeling sweet? BLUEBERRY PANCAKES. You will not regret this.

Looking for something savory? Their poached eggs served with the corned beef hash are out of this world.


Hi-Lo Diner

This retro diner is originally from Pennsylvania, and it found its new home on East Lake Street. Featuring a hip patio, vintage interior and quirky brunch items, you’ll definitely want to take a photo here to match your Instagram aesthetic. Hi-Lo is famous for their “Hi-Top” donuts and their specialty cocktails. Don’t mind if I do.

Feeling sweet? Try out the “Gary Cooper” Hi-Top. Fried chicken plus a glazed donut? It’s a yes from me.

Looking for something savory? Hi-Lo’s beef commercial is the definition of comfort food. It’s warm, filling and I think I could eat it every day.


The Twin Cities is home to so many amazing restaurants. These are only a few recommendations, so grab your girls, head out there, and get brunching!