This Monday morning was a glorious one because the celebration of Memorial Day meant I could spend my weekday morning out to breakfast. Since everyone was lounging at cabins instead of fighting the downtown commute, we decided to take the opportunity to head to Keys at the Foshay, a venue in the heart of today’s traffic-free downtown.
The Overall Experience
Overall, Keys was surprisingly average. Though the service was pretty fantastic, the prices were steep, the venue was packed, and the food was as to be expected (aka classic breakfast). It was a good one-time experience, but not a re-doer, especially considering the many other fab breakfast options downtown (Hell’s Kitchen, Hen House Eatery, etc.)
The Venue and Service
Keys is a busy place. Granted, it was Memorial Day and there was a Twins game looming, but still. It was crowded and loud and really sweaty. I was sweaty, my water was sweaty, and our waiter was sweaty. Usually I’m all for finding commonalities, but I’m pretty sure I forgot to put on deodorant this morning. But, despite all the sweaty, our waiter was really great. He wore a bandanna. And was also really savvy. ‘Do you want to add a flavor shot to that latte?’ ‘How about some chocolate chips in those pancakes?’ ‘You could substitute the gluten-free toast into this meal if you want.’ Up-selling at its finest, folks! Though our bill was a little cringe-worthy when it was all said and done, it spoke to the talent of our waiter.
The Food and Coffee
Good news: The breakfast menu is gigantic! You’ll have plenty of options. As for my experience, my coffee was decent and well re-filled. Not much to report there, actually. My food, which was an exciting meal of gluten-free french toast, scrambled eggs, and turkey sausage ($15ish, with all the additions), ended up being just okay. The french toast was nice and dry, just the way I like it, and I topped it with bananas for sweetness. My eggs were also perfectly dry, but very plain. My turkey links were the surprising winner of the meal: Juicy, fresh, and full of smoky flavor. Yum.
On the whole, my breakfast partner’s meal was pretty ‘as expected.’ Her combo meal included pancakes, eggs, and bacon. The pancakes were dense and fluffy, making them a little too heavy, especially with the addition of chocolate chips. The bacon was classic bacon, meaning pretty flavorful and delicious. But the eggs were slightly disappointing. They were pretty small and under-seasoned. Overall, the meal was satisfying but not something she would rave about, especially since we could have gotten the same thing for cheaper at a different place.
Coffee Quality: 8
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 10
Menu Variety: 10
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.8