Brunch is the perfect hybrid of a meal and a social event. The menu includes breakfast and lunch choices both sweet and savory, so there's something to satisfy everyone. Thanks to the weekend midday hours, the atmosphere is relaxed and unrushed so you can linger with family and friends over a mimosa or two.
Clearly, residents of the Twin Cities and Rochester agree because there is a wide variety of delightful brunch places to choose from. We'll let you in on a few of our favorites.
Take a trip down to bayou country with Dixie's all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Southern comfort food favorites. Spice it up with jambalaya, red beans and rice, fried chicken, grits and other down-home dishes. You'll also find made-to-order omelettes and eggs Benedict, specialty entrées and a homemade dessert bar. Your first mimosa or champagne is on the house and refills are only 50¢.
Want to head even further south? The South American- and Spanish-influenced dishes at Sonora Grill earn it a regular mention on lists of the area's best brunches. Customers keep coming back for the chilaquiles, a crispy base of tortilla chips topped with salsa, onions, jalapeños, two eggs and your choice of meat. Sonora Grill has been so successful that they recently opened a second location in the Longfellow area.
Chef Landon Schoenefeld has been making a name for himself with his inventive takes on classic Midwestern cuisine, which carry over into the brunch menu at Haute Dish. Enjoy a nostalgic smoked bologna sandwich or try something new with breakfast potstickers made from egg yolk, maple, soy and spicy Chex. Pig in a Blanket is filled with smoked pork shoulder and pepper jack and topped with poblano gravy. Four versions of Bloody Marys are served with a Hop Rocket PBR back.
The brunch menu at Chester's is so extensive that you'll want to make return visits to try everything. Savory selections include prime rib hash and beer-battered walleye sandwich. Sweets lovers will be in seventh heaven with options like pancakes with roasted apples or fresh blueberries. The decadently delicious banana cream pie waffle is topped with banana custard, whipped cream and homemade caramel.
We all know how good pizza for breakfast can be, but how about a pizza that's actually designed to be eaten for breakfast? The Loop's brunch menu features a Southwest breakfast pizza with scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, cheddar jack, white sauce and jalapeños served with chipotle ranch. Want something a little lighter? Try the veggie scramble or potato pancakes.
Are you a fan of sweet or savory brunch dishes? Let us know in the comments!