It’s Saturday. The Day of Breakfast. In desperate need of some sort of breakfast grain that was me-friendly, we ventured to Loring Kitchen and Bar, a venue that promised to offer a selection to fulfill my need.
After parking in a close spot on the street, we allowed the frigid Minnesota wind to whip us in the face while we searched for the Loring entrance. There were many doors without handles, many stairs that lead nowhere, and many entrances that proved to be places that weren’t for entry. After stumbling around for a bit, we inched toward a small white sign on one of the non-doors that, in fine black print, read: ENTRANCE ON WILLOW STREET. I guess the entrance is on Willow Street. We found it on Willow Street.
But when we entered the venue, it appeared that no one else had found it. The place was deserted. The scarcity of people also could have been attributed to the fact that it opened at 9am and it was 9:03, but I’m choosing to overlook that and deem the entrance confusing to all. The hostess, who wasn’t so much a hostess as just the person who was standing closest to the door and carrying a cleaning bucket, told us that because we were the first ones there, we had our pick of seats. Well, okay! I love being told to do whatever I want. We chose a spot in the back corner, furthest from the questionable entrance and cleaning bucket.
The restaurant was spacious and open. Though there was a lot of seating, it was spread throughout a main dining area and a secondary, peripheral row of tables that lined the floor to ceiling windows facing a view of the park. Someone who wasn’t our waitress stopped by our table to fill our waters and, assuming she was our waitress, I sweetly requested a couple of cups of coffee (one for me and one for my friend, not a couple of cups for me – get your head out of the gutter, people!). She furrowed her brow and hesitantly grumbled a ‘Sure thing,’ before walking away. Turns out this place is so fancy that they have people whose only job is to fill the waters. My mistake. But it worked out nicely in that our actual waitress brought us coffees without having to ask a second time.
We sipped our coffees, which were about average but below amazing, and checked out the menu. The brunch menu has a minimal amount of breakfast options, as you’d expect from, well, a brunch menu. However, they do have several unique and decadent options. I ordered the Corn Pancakes ($10) and a side of scrambled eggs ($3), while my breakfast companion selected the Biscuits and Gravy “Benedict” ($13). After ordering, I was forced to actually request a coffee refill (tsk, tsk), but after that single request, our waitress did an excellent job of adequately rechecking by cup, so she managed to regain some of my approval.
Though the coffee wasn’t unbelievable and the meals err on the side of pricey, the food at Loring is quite nearly a perfect ten. Combine that with their cool and relaxing atmosphere and their diligent service, Loring Kitchen and Bar is worth a stop.
Coffee Quality: 8
Food Quality: 9
Quality of Service: 8
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 9
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 8.0
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Loring Kitchen and Bar
1359 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403