New breakfasts and brunches around the Twin Cities

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Clancey’s Meat & Fish

This popular south Minneapolis deli recently relocated to a brand new location on Grand Avenue, expanding its menu and adding indoor seating. The sun-drenched space — formerly Chef Jamie Malone’s Grand Café — now serves breakfast. Drop by on a chilly morning for breakfast sandwiches featuring Japanese milk buns from Patisserie 46, homemade caramel buns and coffee from Coffee and Tea Ltd. to enjoy. Keep an eye out for classic “church basement” frittatas and stratas hitting the market in the coming weeks.

Clancey’s caramel buns.
Mary Quinn McCallum

Earl Giles Restaurant and Distillery

Earl Giles is the latest addition to the Quincy Street scene: after opening this summer, pausing briefly and then reopening, it has added brunch service in recent weeks. The space is stunning, filled to the rafters with plants and sunshine. After brunch, lounge on the leather sofas with a rabbit kick in hand—this cocktail tastes like a carrot-infused Dreamsicle. Earl Giles’ brunch menu includes breakfast pizzas and burritos.

The Butcher Story

The Butcher’s Tale has always been a favorite spot for indulgent dining, and the new brunch menu stays on topic, with banana French toast, crab and lobster cakes Benedict, a decadent Wagyu burger, and a robust brunch cocktail list on the bourbon. Order a portion of Nueske’s Bacon and add a fried egg to the burger. Brunch service starts on November 20th – the lush beer garden setting is even open all winter long.

Mara in the Four Seasons

In the Mediterranean, it’s not uncommon to start the day with a helping of creamy hummus and freshly chopped veggies. Settle into a cozy booth at Mara, Gavin Kaysen’s newest venture at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, and enjoy brunch with rich shakshuka, silky hummus, or a “croiffle,” a fluffy mix of croissant and waffle . Kaysen’s affinity for Mediterranean cuisine is also evident in dishes like the Mara Benedict, topped with snow crab and spicy harissa, or a light, tart labneh parfait with roasted apples and wild rice granola.

A waffle cone with berries and flowers on a white plate with dollops of berry sauce.

The Kriffs of Mara.
Elizabeth Blarney

Nicollet Diner and Roxy’s Cabaret

The new Nicollet Diner is now serving its famous 24/7 breakfast menu — reminiscent of the all-day egg-and-hash platters of mid-century diners — in downtown Minneapolis’ legendary former Ichiban area. The menu is as classic as it gets, with steak and egg platters, omelettes, and pancakes. Come Sunday for the Beauties and Bubbles drag brunch event at Roxy’s Cabaret. After the show, head to the upstairs lounge for a cocktail and mingle.

Centro on Eat Street

The former wedge table on Nicollet Avenue is now home to local Mexican favorite Centro. The massive space has the same colorful, lively vibe as Centro’s original northeast Minneapolis spot, and has a concise brunch cocktail menu along with classic dishes like huevos rancheros and avocado toast. At Mexican bakery Vivir (which has also moved to Eat Street), the guava glitter roll with cinnamon, guava paste, and icing is a dazzler. Search for a St. Paul Centro location shortly.

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