After an extremely relaxing vacation (that’s why my breakfast blogs have been MIA for the last two weeks), I was craving oatmeal. I didn’t get my weekly fix while vacationing in Florida, so I was excited to get back on the breakfast track this week. This week’s choice was Eli’s East, a venue whose prices were cheap and options were plentiful.
We ventured into Northeast, pulled into the empty parking lot and…realized they didn’t open until 10. Luckily, it was just past 9:30, so we decided to wait it out. After almost half an hour of watching minutes tick by while our stomaches growled, we marched through Eli’s doors at the stroke of 10 (and, surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones).
Though a few other annoying early birds were seated as well, we had our pick of tables and seated ourselves at a giant, plush booth bathed in spring sunlight. The restaurant looked and sounded like a speak easy – the lights were dimmed, the maroon booths were overstuffed and diamonded, and a constant flow of light soul music filled the background. I loved it there.
A pleasant red-head brought us some average coffee and gave us a few minutes to check out their brunch menu. Their “always” menu isn’t gigantic, but offers a great variety of options, including unique benedicts and tasty looking french toasts. They also offered weekly specials that were even more unique and delicious-looking. If I liked eggs, I definitely would have ordered the Quiona Scrambled Eggs, which looked divine. But alas, I settled on the Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal ($4), while my breakfast companion ordered the Meatloaf Benedict ($10).
We waited a few minutes for our breakfasts, throughly enjoying the sun streaming in through the window and the conversation of a group of grumbling, elderly men guzzling coffee. When our food arrived, I could just tell it was gonna be good. The presentation of both meals made me giddy. And the taste lived up to the visual beauty. My oatmeal was thick, yet soupy, with a mapely sweetness that rivaled a decadent dessert. Topped with a perfect portion of fresh strawberries and blackberries, the bowl of oatmeal was more than satisfying, leaving me full and simply joyful.
My breakfast partner’s breakfast was equally as wonderful. The meatloaf benedict was absolutely, fantastically divine. It was a bacon wrapped turkey meatloaf benedict, topped with a pesto hollandaise. On the side came a hefty portion of crisp, thoroughly seasoned hash browns. With each bite came a mouthful of meat, subtly combined with the unique pesto hollandaise. While the bacon was crisp, the meatloaf was tender, and the explosion of egg yolk added the perfection that is eggs benedict. Well done, Eli’s.
Eli’s served up fantastic food for an incredibly low price. The laid back yet upbeat atmosphere and the friendly and efficient wait staff made this Saturday morning a great one. Next weekend, consider hitting Eli’s East – just make sure you get there after 10.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 9
Quality of Service: 9
Menu Variety: 9
Overall Satisfaction: 9
Parking: parking lot
Average Score: 8.8
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815 East Hennepin Ave