Trotter’s Cafe

This morning we celebrated a huge milestone: we ate breakfast at our 50th venue on The Great Minnesota Breakfast Tour. It’s absolutely mind-boggling to think that we’ve been exploring breakfast venues of the Twin Cities for almost a year. To all of you who have been following the Tour, thank you! It has been a blast to share my experiences. And I’m about to share yet another one…

For our 50th GMBT celebration, we headed into St. Paul to visit Trotter’s Cafe. This little cafe is tucked away in one of the many quaint neighborhoods of St. Paul. As we drove past the venue to find parking, we could already tell that it had a homey neighborhood feel – it’s the kind of place that cool Grandmas hold their book club meetings.

On this early Saturday, we snagged a close parking spot and trotted (see what I did there?) across the street, under the forest green awning, and into the restaurant. Attendance was surprisingly high this morning. Many small square tables were pushed together throughout the cafe to account for large groups of boisterous seniors and sweaty early morning exercisers.

Trotters Cafe

We slipped into a small booth in the back of the cafe to check out the breakfast menu. The breakfast menu is rather minimal, offering about one of each kind of breakfast food. They are, however, gluten-free and vegan-friendly, which obviously made my breakfast selection easier. I chose the Potato Mountain ($10.25). My friend wasn’t super excited about any of the regular menu items, so she selected this week’s special: Banana Spice Pancakes ($8).

I casually sipped my very little cup of really delicious coffee, going through several refills before our food came, which was rather quickly, especially considering the high volume of traffic in the cafe. My meal truly was a mountain. It was a pile of pan-fried red potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes, all topped with scrambled eggs. The flavor of the dish was out of this world. The potatoes were deeply spiced, giving a zesty kick that required several gulps of water after each bite. But the zest was wonderful and the combination of vegetables was fantastic. The eggs were fluffy and a perfect breakfast topping to a host of veggies. I summited the entire mountain, leaving me pleasantly stuffed.

Trotters Cafe 2

My breakfast companion’s breakfast was a special, which she noted was super unfortunate because it was definitely worthy of being a permanent menu item. The banana spice pancake tasted like pure banana bread batter. It was a super thick cake, but not overwhelmingly dense like what you might expect from this kind of dish. The fresh banana slices and blueberries baked in throughout the cake helped break up the flavor and made each bite unique and interesting to eat (obviously compared to your typical homogeneous pancake that gets boring to eat). She also got a single egg on the side, which was perfectly tasty and added a smidge of variety. But the cake on its own would have completely satisfied –  it definitely filled her up. All in all, a delicious experience.

Trotter’s Cafe was an excellent selection for our 50th venue celebration. The atmosphere was calm and neighborhoody, the coffee was plentiful and bold, and the food was absolutely delicious and well-portioned. Hit that place up – you won’t regret it.

The Ratings:
Coffee Quality: 9
Food Quality: 9
Quality of Service: 10
Cost: 7
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 9
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 8.5

trotters outside

Have you been to Trotter’s Cafe?
Share your experience with me below!
OR…want to experience Trotter’s Cafe for yourself?
Check out their website or pop their address into your smartphone:
Trotter’s Cafe
232 N Cleveland Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

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