WEEKEND BRUNCH...large restaurant with outside seating...right on Main Street by the historic Mississippi River...Leisurely weekend brunch can't get better than this.
LOCATION & ATMOSPHERE: Our group ordered the giant mimosas and settled in by the "British feeling" fireplace to wait for "late comers " of our group to show up. Very relaxing. Perhaps in addition to a giant image of Oscar Wilde hanging in a central place, the dark wood and squishy velour offer morning comfort and promise of a compfy breakfast experience. The upper dining room is darkish and filled with multiple levels of seating. Attached is also a bar area and bakery with a somewhat limited range of baked goodies..none particularly British...not even a shortbread.
But back to breakfast...once our large plates of scrambled eggs and generous "benes" arrived at the table, we knew this was going to be a great brunch experience... egg dishes were perfectly hot and sauced nicely, tossed greens... super cheesy potatoes and toast were offered as accompaniments...everything was crispy and fresh. Large mugs of steaming thick coffee balanced the weighty entrees. Many other small sides can be ordered extra from the moderate length menu to "fine tune" the basic breakfast offerings.
A "bit of sweet" is offered in the dessert menu, but really meats, salads and eggs are stars here. Oddly, few items echo the British theme of the restaurant's name.
SERVICE: Friendly but overstretched, service gets slower as morning wears on. Needs more staff here. But somehow we still got our food and drinks fairly quickly, and coffee refills regularly.
TIMING IS KEY HERE: This is not an "early" place and tables do not seem to fill up until 11 or so. No lines. A tablelist and hostess regulate seating, even by noon wait was only 15 minutes. Wide range of table types offers something for everyone. Not particularly set up for children except outside seating.
SUMMARY: The location cannot be beat. Parking not great but OK. After the heavy brunch, ample walking paths invite a stroll down to Father Hennepin Bluff Park, and tour of St Anthony waterfront. Information signs and historic plaques are also fun to follow after breakfast.
So here visitors have good food and great view by the historic center of Mpls AND a picturesque area to walkoff all those extra breakfast calories. Best season for walking the cobblestones and riverpaths is April to Nov.
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