On the breakfast track is a great place to be. And that’s exactly where I was today, this time tackling a St. Paul favorite: Twisted Fork Grille. I went into this experience knowing very little about this venue. It has just been hanging out on the never-ending list of places to go and today it happened to be our selection. Random. Just a weekend stop as we work through the list. And it ended up being just that: a random, average stop.
We walked into the baby restaurant (here meaning small restaurant, not restaurant owned by babies) and were cheerily greeted by a waitress who instructed us to sit wherever we wanted. And even though there was only one other group of diners occupying a table, the selection was still slim pickins because the place is so small. But it hides its size by separating into two separate dining areas, inside of which hold a plethora of intimate and cozy seating options. Naturally, we selected a table on the opposite side of the only other people there and set to work investigating the menu.
Before thoroughly digesting the menu, our soft-spoken waitress brought us two of the tiniest cups of coffee I’ve ever seen. This teeny tiny thing was becoming a trend, one that I didn’t care for. I was sure to down my first cup of coffee like a shot of tequila (for those who drink things like alcohol) in order to set up the expectations of our waitress. I needed her to know that I was one of those people. And it worked! She kept me promptly coffee-stocked for the entire meal. Insert round of applause here.
Anyway, the menu! Let’s talk about it. The breakfast menu is a decent size and offers several options in each breakfast category. There’s a group of classic specialties, a group of hashes, a group of benedicts, a group of omelettes, and a group of pancakes/waffles. So, all in all, you got options. I selected the Mexican Hash sans toast ($9.99) and my breakfast companion chose the Maple Bacon Stuffed French Toast ($8.99), plus a side of scrambled eggs ($2.49). After ordering we sipped coffee and soaked up the silence. There are some benefits to a small restaurant.
Thankfully the teeny tiny theme did not extend to my meal. My Mexican Hash arrived as a full and hefty plate, piled high, just the way I like it. My hash was a glorious mix of hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, poblano peppers, and chorizo sausage with a side of salsa. I didn’t really engage with the salsa because I don’t believe in topping hot food with cold food, but it looked nice on the plate. My hash, which was also topped with fresh cilantro, ended up being pretty tasty. It was a classic hash with a Mexican zest that kicked me right in the pants first thing in the morning. Though the hash itself was significantly hotter than the eggs on top, I enjoyed it just the same, and ended up with a satisfying meal.
My breakfast partner was overall a little disappointed in her food. It wasn’t bad, necessarily, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype of the description. Her french toast came stuffed with copped bacon cream cheese and two bacon strips on top. The cream cheese/bacon bit stuffed french toast was only okay. Though the toast itself was lightly crisped and not overly soggy or eggy, the cream cheese/bacon filling was mostly cream cheese and not enough bacon. But she did note that the overall filling to toast ratio was spot on. The bacon strips themselves were crisp and lean, which didn’t satisfy her personal preference of bacon with a little extra fat on each strip, but if you’re a lean bacon machine, you’d have been happy. Finally, the eggs on the side were, well, fine. She found them a bit bland and dry, but they added some necessary heft to the meal.
So, though our waitress kept my coffee fully stocked and my food was relatively good, the overall experience at Twisted Fork isn’t one to rave about. If you’re in the area, you can stop by and be satisfied, but it’s not worth a drive across town.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 9
Menu Variety: 9
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.8
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Twisted Fork Grille
1342 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105