Blackbird Cafe

On this gloriously sunny Saturday morning, my extraordinarily hungry self was ready for breakfast. After seeing Blackbird mentioned on several other Minnesota breakfast blogs and hearing positive recommendations from several friends, my breakfast companion and I decided this would be a logical next breakfast tour choice.

After a fantastically short drive to Minneapolis, we arrived and entered the trendy venue, which features a spacious dining area and bar. The hostess took our name and encouraged us to grab a seat while we waited for an open table. As we chilled on a wooden bench topped with plush carpet squares, I smiled at the comfortable hustle and bustle of this place. They were busy, but the staff was cool and calm, looking as though they were genuinely enjoying serving this fine group of people. I immediately decided I wanted to befriend all of them.

After waiting just five minutes in the entry area, which offered a basket of children’s books to pass the time, we were escorted to a small table in the middle of the restaurant. I was pleased to be seated right next to an old-fashioned television that had been converted into a fish tank and was filled with goldfish. That is now officially a piece of my dream home decor. A too-trendy-for-me waiter quickly appeared, took my coffee order and reappeared with one of the most delicious cups of coffee I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. I was also overjoyed to see a waitress who apparently had the sole job of refilling nearing-empty coffee cups. She visited our table a lot.

We briefly perused their menu, deciding on our choices quickly. Their Saturday-Sunday brunch menu offers an awesome variety. There are diverse options, including traditional choices and opportunities to try something more unique. I selected their Hot Cereal ($6.00), which was a mix of steel cut oats, quinoa, and polenta. My friend went with the Classic Eggs ($10.00).

blackbird oatmeal

My grumbling belly was pleased to receive our meals quite quickly, despite the crowdedness of the venue. My hot cereal looked divine. It came with a small pitcher of steamed milk and was topped with Door County dried cherries & toasted walnuts, adding a necessary sweetness to the dish. The steel cut oats-quinoa combo was really delicious. Quinoa is literally one of my favorite foods and I love having an excuse to eat it at breakfast. The combo was thick and creamy, but lacked the natural sweetness that usual oats possess. I was thankful for the healthful cherries and walnuts but could have used a touch of brown sugar or maple syrup to perfect the dish.

blackbird bacon

My friend’s breakfast satisfied as well. Her meal came with two eggs, hash browns, toast and bacon (from your choice of homemade sausage links, bacon, ham or fruit cup). Her meal looked amazing – each and every traditional breakfast item looking how it looks when you imagine a traditional breakfast in your head. The bacon was finely crisped and the hash browns offered a good crispy to soft ratio. The toast, overwhelmingly thick and slathered with butter, was deliciously crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. As far as traditional breakfasts go, Blackbird nailed it.

This morning, Blackbird just made me happy. We only waited a few minutes for our table, the coffee was fantastic, the staff was attentive and too cool for school, and my meal was uniquely tasty. I’ll certainly be back to enjoy another breakfast and to visit all of my new too-cool-for-me breakfast friends.

The Ratings
Coffee Quality: 10
Food Quality: 8
Quality of Service: 10
Cost: 9
Menu Variety: 9
Overall Satisfaction: 8
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 9.0

blackbird cafe

Have you been to Blackbird? Share your experience with me below!
OR…want to experience Blackbird for yourself?
Check out their website or pop their address into your smartphone:
3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN

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