Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in St. Paul and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Fabulous Fern's Bar and Grill thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Bread & Chocolate, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

10 Mickey's Diner
Open around the clock! Mickey's Art Deco red and cream-colored diner is located in an old railroad dining car and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mickey's own special batter makes the waffles and buttermilk pancakes an extra special treat. Hearty eaters will enjoy their pancakes with the potatoes O'Brien. The omelets are another of Mickey's specialties. Of course, the burgers and fries aren't bad either. (651-222-5633, 651- 698-0259)

9 Egg and I
Eggs any way you like them are featured here, including terrific, well-stuffed omelets. Skillet breakfasts, French toast and waffles also appear on the menu. If you're up for a hearty meal, look for the kamikaze pancakes — buttermilk, multigrain, sourdough, or buckwheat pancakes topped with bananas, blueberries and nuts. Egg and I is a friendly, welcoming place to start your day! (651-647-1292)

8 Keys Café & Bakery
Family-owned and -operated, Keys offers hefty portions of comfort food. Pancakes are so big they don't quite fit on the plate, and epic melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls (made once a day) tend to go "as fast as hotcakes." Breakfast is served all day long, much to the delight of regulars. This location is the original Keys Café & Bakery, but multiple locations can be found throughout the Twin Cities. (651-646-5756)

7 M ST. Cafe
Defined by curves, sturdy columns, and dark-wood furniture, this pale-hued dining room presents a refined setting for morning meals and lunchtime powwows. Breakfast options range from frittatas and quesadillas to smoked salmon hash or a fried egg sandwich. Pancakes, waffles, French toast, and eggs Benedict also satisfy. The brunch bounty includes similar items but also features fresh fish, shrimp, pastries, salads, prime rib, soups, and desserts. Prominent at lunch are salads and sandwiches. (651-228-3855)

6 Bread & Chocolate
Sister restaurant of the popular Cafe Latte, Bread & Chocolate has a loyal group of regulars of its own. This Victoria Square bakery specializes in everything that tickles your fancy— crescent rolls, brownies, fudge and all sorts of cookies. For those who like to eat a little something more than dessert at mealtimes, Bread & Chocolate also serves several excellent specialty sandwiches. (651-228-1017, 651-224-5687)

5 Highland Grill & Cafe
Highland Grill enjoys the loyal patronage of many regulars who appreciate made-from-scratch dishes and comfortable atmosphere. Specialties include panko-crusted grilled salmon, a monstrous Peter's Burger (with egg and caramelized onions), ratatouille with rice, and blue corn pancakes. At lunch, you'll want to mosey up to the counter and sample fish and chips or a burger named in honor of Elvis (it's got bacon and roasted garlic mayo!). (651-690-1173)

4 Fabulous Fern's Bar and Grill
The large bar at this popular grill stays packed during the week, accommodating business folks who come in after work and friends who hook up for drinks and good food. For a watering hole, Fabulous Fern's is fairly classy and is a great place to stop in if you want to enjoy a good imported beer or glass of wine over a game of trivia or while watching sports on the plasma screens. Plus, brunch is a popular affair, and the menu includes omelets, waffles, eggs benedict, salads, and a savory array of hot and cold items. If restricting yourself to an item or two is too difficult, take advantage of the buffet. (651-225-9414)

3 Copper Dome Restaurant
Walk into this neighborhood favorite any weekday morning, and you'll find reassuring signs: a swiftly-moving waitstaff, lines of locals waiting for a cozy booth, and of course, stacks and stacks of golden-brown pancakes dripping with butter and maple syrup. A glance at the menu confirms you've made a great choice for breakfast — the myriad of combinations and preparations of pancakes, eggs, meat, and hashbrowns guarantee that everyone's a.m. favorites can be enjoyed. Memorabilia from the city's once-booming flour industry lends character to the dining room. (651-690-0993)

2 St. Clair Broiler
Very few things on Earth can compare to a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes first thing in the morning, and even fewer things can compare when those pancakes are available all day. Luckily, the St. Clair Broiler serves breakfast all day. Classic breakfast items like steak and eggs, hash browns and seven varieties of omelets ensure that you can start your day off right - no matter what time of day it is! (651-698-7055)

1 Bon Vie Cafe
The large picture window and bright-colored walls are the perfect compliments to the fresh food at this neighborhood breakfast bistro. This cozy spot is a favorite among locals, and famous people are known to stop in from time to time, too. The creative menu changes twice monthly, but regulars can expect favorites like Mexican omelets and caramelized banana chocolate pancakes. Yes, life is good at Bon Vie. (651-287-0112)


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Mickey's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Egg and I 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: MIDWAY
COST: $
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Keys Café & Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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M ST. Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Catering, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Bread & Chocolate 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: GRAND AVENUE
COST: $
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Highland Grill & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: HIGHLAND
COST: $
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Fabulous Fern's Bar and Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL
COST: $
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Copper Dome Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MACALESTER
COST: $
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St. Clair Broiler 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: MACALESTER
COST: $
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Bon Vie Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL
COST: $
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