This morning I was hungry. So hungry. So hungry I may or may not have eaten a mini pre-breakfast breakfast. This may be due to the fact that this morning’s GMBT venue, The Bulldog Northeast, actually serves brunch, which doesn’t start until 10 a.m. Needless to say, we were sitting outside of the venue at 9:53 and entered the establishment at exactly 10:00. Surprisingly, we weren’t even the first customers. There was another pair of freakishly hungry, overwhelmingly punctual diners.
We selected a large wooden booth by the window and waited far too long for a waitress to greet us, especially considering we were two of four people in the restaurant. Finally, a stern-faced red head sauntered over to ask us our drink orders and I impatiently (and rather loudly) demanded a coffee. Then we proceeded to wait far too long, yet again, for these coffees to arrive. And with the coffees only came cream. No sugar. My breakfast companion was not happy. (I, however, was fine, because people like me aren’t allowed to drink cream or eat sugar.)
We didn’t browse the brunch menu for long because a) we were starving, b) it was small, c) we already looked online, and d) we were starving. We slipped in our orders as soon as we could, assuming that we’d have to wait even longer than we had been to get our food. I selected the American Breakfast ($11) and my breakfast companion chose the Doughnut Sandwich ($12). Then, we sat and waited. Then we waited a little more. Then my coffee got refilled. Then we waited a little longer. Then we got our food.
My meal arrived and look pretty decent to the eye. I got two scrambled eggs, gluten-free toast, potatoes, a seasonal salad, and sausage. It truly was the average all-American breakfast. And it tasted just like that: average. The eggs were fluffy enough and seasoned with chives. The potatoes were crunchy. The sausage was juicy, but slightly undercooked. The salad greens were actually pretty tasty. And they did have gluten-free toast, so high fives for that. All in all, friends, it was okay. I got full, which is the goal of eating, but I didn’t get excited.
My breakfast partner got her plate and she smiled. A glazed doughnut acted as a bun for a breakfast sandwich stacked with an andouille sausage patty, tillamook, egg, and apricot jam. Overall, she was decently pleased with this unique sammie. She really liked how the sweetness of the doughnut complimented the savory egg, cheese, and sausage. The sweetness of the grilled doughnut also helped to balance the intense spice of the sausage patty. Though the sandwich was pleasant, the potatoes, which were sliced and rather oily, did not excite. She did, however, love the salad greens. They were topped with blackberries and sweetened with a light vinaigrette. She’s one who is typically not a fan of any greens that come with her breakfast, so props to Bulldog for this element.
The Bulldog NE is a great place for a couple of things. It’s great for dinner. It’s great for happy hour. It’s maybe even great for brunch for people who want to go to a cool bar that happens to serve a mediocre brunch. However, factoring in our poor service, uninspired food, and fantastic previous experiences at dozens and dozens of other breakfast/brunch venues, we found this experience to be quite sub par.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 7
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.2
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The Bulldog Northeast
401 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414