On this glorious Friday morning, we headed off to breakfast. We specifically planned on enjoying breakfast on a weekday this week because we were on our way to People’s Organic in Minneapolis, which is only open on weekdays. We drove all the way out there, parked in downtown morning traffic, and walked several blocks in pursuit, only to find out that they were out of the only item on the menu that I could eat.
We were left with a dilemma: hop back in the car and drive to tack off a different venue on our list? Or compromise with a random selection within walking distance? We opted for the latter and this is where the beloved iPhone came in. After searching several apps, scouring Google, and dissecting menus, we decided to make the 30 second walk to Basil’s Restaurant, located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel.
After spending some time looking really out of place in a super fancy hotel lobby attempting to find the entrance to the restaurant, we finally made it up the elevator and into the dining area. It was completely deserted (understandable for mid-morning on a Friday) except for a stoic, sharply dressed host peering at us over a stack of menus. He tried to hide his questioning eyes and offered us a choice of complimentary newspapers. Playing the part of random fancy hotel guest, I requested a copy of the Star Tribune and promptly followed the host to our table, which was surrounded by luscious fake greenery and overlooked the center of the IDS tower. I could get used to that.
We were brought some not-so-good hotel coffee and took time to look over the menu. The breakfast menu is quite small and doesn’t offer incredible variety. For a hotel restaurant, however, I felt there were quite a few options. Keep in mind, though, that this upscale restaurant and is in an upscale hotel, forcing the prices into the category of ‘more expensive than I’d like to pay.’ I made a quick decision of the Artisan Omelete ($14) and proceeded to casually read my morning newspaper. My friend selected the Corned Beef Hash ($14).
Our food came in a flash, almost too quickly for my liking since I was enjoying some relaxation with my coffee and paper. The plate was entirely atheistically pleasing, if not a little sparse. The omelet, filled with smoked turkey, portobello mushrooms, and roasted red pepper and topped with avocado and garlic, was quite good. The omelet itself was thin, yet fluffy and the innards (most appetizing word, I know) offered a nice blend. Though I was pleasantly satisfied, I failed to me ‘wowed.’ Average day, average omelet.
My breakfast companion really enjoyed her breakfast. Her hash, consisting of braised corn beef and gruyere swiss, was really full and flavorful. Though a tiny bit dry, it was still good. Strangely, the champion of her meal was her side of toast, which she noted was her favorite part, calling it ‘entirely delicious.’ The lil square and circle dishes of butter and fresh jams were the perfect toppings to a classically tasty piece of toast. Her side of potatoes (same ones I enjoyed) were perfectly seasoned and beautifully tender, making both of us wish we had been served more than a few slices.
All in all, a pleasant experience in a beautiful dining area, but only an average breakfast. If you happen to be staying at the hotel, you’ll have a great, close hotel breakfast, but if you’re looking for something truly incredible, I’d head somewhere off the beaten path.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 8
Quality of Service: 8
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 8
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.5
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OR…want to experience Basil’s for yourself?
Check out their website or pop their address into your smartphone:
7th Street & Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402