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Best breakfasts: Minneapolis

Start your day at one of these brunch spots and you’ll set yourself up for brewery-hopping success.
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fried chicken & cachapas dish

Hola Arepa’s Fried Chicken & Cachapas // Photo by Matt Lien

You could easily spend all your time in Minneapolis wandering from taproom to taproom. Start your day at one of these brunch spots and you’ll set yourself up for brewery-hopping success.

Hola Arepa
The modern food truck-to-mortar success story of Hola Arepa hinges on the humble arepa, a griddled cornmeal cake and the best of what can be stuffed inside it: chorizo and egg done classically or Benedict-style with hollandaise, plus guava for a bright twist. You can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu, but you might find a favorite in the Silver Dollar Cachapas, mini sweet corn pancakes layered with smoke and spice thanks to bacon and jalapeño. The spot is vibrant and playful, with a standout cocktail list and a sunny patio to sip them on.
3501 Nicollet Ave., holaarepa.com

Nighthawks
What if your favorite diner made everything from scratch? Named for the Edward Hopper painting, Nighthawks’ menu looks approachable (breakfast sandwiches are diner standbys), and even their breads are made in-house. Counter stools give you front-row seats to the action, where the flat top sizzles straight through dinner service. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the fluffy plate-sized chorizo, cheddar and corn pancakes and Minneapolis’ favorite squishy double cheeseburger, but it won’t be difficult leaving totally, happily, stuffed.
3753 Nicollet Ave. S., nighthawksmpls.com

Burch Steak and Pizza Bar
Burch reinvented the steakhouse when it opened its doors, offering offbeat beef cuts, plenty of vegetarian options and a sleek basement pizza bar. Its brunch is equally inspired, with a menu that runs the gamut from rice pudding to a lobster-gruyere croquet madame. Everything is executed with simple, earthy goodness, but some of the best dishes lie in the a la carte section: potato cakes are cheffy stand-ins for McDonald’s hash browns, zucchini fritters make a case for vegetables before noon, and fried taleggio skins with chimichurri are puffed hangover-curing delights.
1933 Colfax Ave. S., burchrestaurant.com

Late-night bite: Masu Sushi & Robata
Serving cold sake and hot ramen to hungry bar crawlers until midnight, this lively corner izakaya also features sushi and grilled meat and veggie skewers. Snack on steamed bao buns filled with pork belly and bacon-wrapped quail eggs between rounds at the gleaming wall of pachinko machines.
330 E. Hennepin Ave., masusushiandrobata.com

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