Here are five Breakfast Restaurants that are definitely worth the drive.
After a long night touring the town, regular human instinct will kick in the next morning. Hunger will prevail, and the age-old question will finally come to you, what’s a good place to get breakfast in Saint Paul?
Here is a list of some of the best places to satisfy your morning cravings. Whether you’re a plain bacon lover or a fancy “need to enjoy my breakfast on a floating bed”-type of person, you’ll soon find out that you’ve ended up at the right place.
If you find yourself nearby The Buttered Tin in Lowertown,you are surely in for a treat. The first time I visited, I was recommended what was to be my favorite meal of all time – the Huevos Rancheros Benedict. When served with ranchero sauce, jalapeno cornbread, avocado, cilantro-lime sour cream, and poached eggs, the meal is simply mind-blowing. Confectionery addiction? Go ahead and quench that sweet tooth. Grab the Bananas Foster French Toast, flavored with rum-flamed bananas, maple pecans, and topped off with whipped cream. Sit out on the porch, and have a look at the open kitchen. Grab one of the daily special pastries, because they run out quick, and with good reason.
No trip to St. Paul would be complete without a morning stop at Mickey’s Diner. Not only has it been listed on the national register of historic places, but it’s also been featured in several books and movies (Prairie Home Companion, Jingle All the Way and The Mighty Ducks, to name a few). Unlike most other eateries, Mickey’s Diner has a little more charm to it. A feature they particularly impressed me with was the music they allow you to individually choose and play.
They’ve been serving phenomenal breakfasts for more than 70 years, so you when I say their burgers are delicious, you know just what I mean. What they achieve better than anyone is creating a friendly, hospitable environment that feels more like home than anything else. While there, have a friendly conversation with one of the chefs, they have generations of memories worth sharing.
Perhaps the most visited place on the whole list, this breakfast nook was voted Best Neighborhood Café, 2015 in Saint Paul. I highly recommend it as your go-to breakfast joint, for several reasons, including a beautiful koi pond, and the most comfortable patio in the whole of Saint Paul. The Day By Day Café is many things, but what it achieves above all is being curiously beautiful. You couldn’t possibly miss its bright purple frontage, or the intricately variegated murals and plastic figurines it features as you walk inside this quirky, booth-filled restaurant.
The menu may at first strike you as somewhat peculiar. They are named after locals who left their mark in the town and are tasty enough to be memorably enjoyable.
The Covington Inn is probably the most unique restaurant on the list. It is one of America’s few floating bed and breakfasts, floating humbly on the Mississippi River, permanently anchored within the reflection of Saint Paul’s downtown towering skyline, giving a breathtaking view to its customers. Let alone its elegance, don’t let the historic vessel scare you – with the constant stream of executives and VIPs, they offer top class service, and the crew is there to make your meal as private or as sociable as you like.
The meals are cooked in the boat’s gallery and delivered to you either privately or in the salon, a place I found rather comfortable and hospitable. It’s more than perfect for all breakfasting needs, regardless of whether you’re a small meal kind of person or the kind that hits the morning grounds running. They pamper the strictest of epicurean tastes with gourmet meals so refined they are enough to fuel a day’s worth of exploration. With a beautiful view of the river through windows and portals ingeniously engineered to draw light into each room, they are the perfect picture of holistic.
If the name isn’t enticing enough, you’ll be glad to hear that Bread and Chocolate have coffee and sandwiches so good you will thank the lucky stars you made the trip. Just like their name suggests, they offer some of the best fudge bars, brownies, and cookies you will ever taste. After your morning escapades, make sure you don’t pass up their wide selection of delicately made croissants.
Bread and Chocolate are especially for you if you are the kind who’s usually in a hurry and can only grab a light breakfast and be on your way. They serve freshly baked muffins, caramel rolls and cinnamon rolls early in the morning. As a side note, Bread and Chocolate is considered perhaps the most popular breakfast joint in Saint Paul.