I don’t know how I’d never been to Barbette before today. This precious lil French-inspired venue hangs out on Lake Street in Minneapolis and offers a cozy, upscale feel and a deliciously unique menu. We headed there on a sunny Saturday morning and, after just a five minute wait, scored a spot by the window, drenched in the late-April sun.
We spent a few minutes perusing the menu and people watching the variety of other diners while waiting for our waiter to arrive. He came and went, bringing back with him a black coffee for me and a latte for my friend. Though the cups were cute, they were miniature, so thank God for the awesome waitress roaming around whose sole purpose was to refill coffees. We sipped our beverages while continuing to scour the menu, which isn’t huge but offers a great variety and awesomely unique choices.
I ended up selecting the Seasonal Vegetable Hash ($9), opting to add smoked chicken ($4), while my breakfast partner chose the Belgian Waffle ($6) with a side of bacon ($4.25). We placed our orders and sat back to soak up the sunlight and the atmosphere. The venue was small, making our seats near other pleasant diners. The place was full of couples – from elderly folk exchanging glances over newspapers to young, hip peeps gazing into each other’s eyes. It was a good group.
After drinking approximately 27 super tiny cups of coffee (this being less of a reflection of the amount of time the cooking took and more of a reflection of their tiny cups and my extreme coffee habits), our food came. My meal (look – there’s eggs on it!) looked absolutely divine. The dish was loaded with seasonal vegetables (onions, potatoes, mushrooms, etc.), shallots, and eggs, all steamed in vegetable broth and topped with smoked chicken. It tasted too good to be true. I never thought I could be a savory breakfast person, let alone an egg-eater of any kind, but I must say that this vegetable combination with scrambled eggs and smoked chicken tasted fresh and perfectly spiced. It was a delicious meal that could have served as a perfectly adequate breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It was, in my humble opinion, perfection.
My breakfast partner’s breakfast was also quite tasty. Her waffle came with Wisconsin maple syrup and was topped with blueberry compote and lemon curd. The bacon was incredibly thick and entirely delicious – not too soft, not too crisp. The waffle was pretty average, but the blueberry compote and lemon curd combination made it a winner. Both ingredients were fresh and different, making the waffle a unique experience. The maple syrup was also fresh and natural-tasting. The perfect flavor combinations turned an average meal into a great one.
The Barbette experience was an entirely lovely one. Fantastic food in a fantastic atmosphere is hard to beat. Though the cost is quite pricey and the overall wait time a little above average, the coffee and food make up for any and all negatives. It must be added to your ‘go-to’ list.
Coffee Quality: 10
Food Quality: 9
Quality of Service: 8
Menu Variety: 10
Overall Satisfaction: 10
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 9.0
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Check out their website or pop their address into your smartphone:
1600 West Lake Street