This morning, moderately early, we took a trek to Muddy Waters. This was yet another venue that I’d heard great things about and couldn’t wait to try for myself. Because we arrived before the 10 a.m. start of their Saturday brunch, we ordered lattes (my friend also purchased a maple bacon muffin which she said was dense and flavorful with a luscious sauce that tied it all together – definitely worth the before-brunch purchase) and chatted the morning away. We sat among a few other coffee-only-drinkers, but mostly watched the staff bustling around in preparation for the day.
The inside of Muddy is beautiful. The large wooden bar was stocked with endless bottles of liquor, the thick wooden chairs and tables were scattered strategically throughout the dimly lit dining area, and the mini coffee bar was classically cool. After a nice 45-minute catch up session, we were prompted to order our brunch selections by a friendly, tattooed waiter. The brunch menu has some fun and unique options, but lacks the diversity that brunch requires. My breakfast companion chose the Eggs Benedict ($9) while I decided on the Smoked Tofu Hash ($10).
Though the restaurant wasn’t very crowded, it still took an abnormal amount of time for us to receive our meals. Our waiter failed to check back in with us consistently, leaving our waters low and my coffee often empty. When we did finally get our meals, we were ready to dig in.
My smoked hash included tofu, red onion, red pepper, cumin, potato, and red pepper coulis with a side of corn tortillas. The portion was rather small, which disappointed the rather hungry me. (I also currently cannot eat corn products, so I couldn’t enjoy the hash inside the warm corn tortillas.) The dish was packed with flavor and the perfect amount of spice. The cumin gave it a nice and mild zest that wasn’t too spicy for me. However, the consistency of the hash ended up a little too thick and sticky rather than smooth and vibrant. I enjoyed my meal on one level, but didn’t feel completely full or satisfied.
My friend’s eggs benedict offered a unique twist on the classic, featuring grilled portobello, spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise. The portobello mushrooms were tender and meaty. The spinach was a nice, fresh addition but the hollandaise was a little too tart for my friend’s liking. Overall, this was a tasty choice that differed from the traditional benedict she was used to enjoying.
Muddy Waters, while trendy and fun with top-notch coffee, lacked killer food and an impressive overall experience. I’d be interested in heading back for dinner, happy hour, or a cup of coffee, but it’s not among my favorite breakfast venues.
Coffee Quality: 10
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 7
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.7
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2933 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408