June 24, 2012

"The Best Part Of Waking Up..."

The best part of waking up is suppose to be Folgers in your cup, but I'm not a coffee drinker and a lot of us are not. The best part of my morning is a hearty breakfast which usually comes on the weekends because there's just not enough time during the weekdays before heading out to work. I do however get a healthy bowl of peanut butter Captain Crunch in me during the week instead and yes that's a kids cereal, and yes, that's me being a big kid!

Since my weekends tend to be the time when I can get out with my wife to try a hardy and well made breakfast, I'm going to guess it's probably the same for the majority of us and often times follow Sunday worship or a way to cure the hangover... Which one do you fall under? :) My wife and I have ate at great places all over the metro serving delicious breakfast food and I'm about to share with you some places doing it best.

We're going to start with a local favorite of mine, T & T Galley. For as long as I can remember, I've been stopping by periodically and having my favorite morning meal; a ham & cheese omelet with hash browns and toast. Their omelet is one of my all-time favorites and filled with just the right amount of ham and loaded with cheese and the hash browns are a good side. This little hole-in-the-wall in the heart of So. St. Paul is a staple and always packed on any given weekend morning.

Lets head north a few miles to the corner of Selby Ave. & Dale St. You'll find the #1 place for hash browns at The New Louisiana Cafe and some other delicious meals as well, but it's the hash browns that draw my wife and I there. I have been told that I have to stop back just to try the Tex-Mex and after reading the description... I'm game! I can't stress it enough though... The hash browns are the best!

Lets move west into downtown Minneapolis to a place called, Hell's Kitchen. Easily one of the greatest meals I've ever had and that includes all three meals of the day and it's called, the Huevos Rancheros. A crisp flour tortilla with buttery hash browns, spicy black beans, soft-scrambled eggs and a 3-cheese topping, all baked to a golden brown. Topped with hand-chopped salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Sounds a little bit like the Tex-Mex at Louisiana, but it may have a hard time competing with this one, it was simply awesome! While you're there, try their home made mustard, ketchup and everything else they make!

We're going to finish at a place we've visited for deli sandwiches and serving us lucky ones quite possibly the best pastrami and corned beef in the Twin Cities. You may remember my DelicaYESsen! post, but Cecils Deli is also serving some delicious breakfast. Their pastrami omelet was amazing and the corned beef and hash was darn good as well. I'm not going to say it's the best quite yet, because I've seen homemade hash plenty of other places and I need to taste those as well. Plus, their hash browns have no chance against Louisiana Cafe's hash browns.

So which place are you going to be stopping by first? If I could, I would make it easy for you and open a place called, The T&TLouiHellsDeli and have just the things that make my tummy happy. One king size meal special that gives you; half a ham & cheese omelet from T&T, Louisiana's hash browns, Hell's Kitchens Huevos Rancheros and half of Cecils pastrami omelet. I would of course add a side of toast and blackberry jelly, because it's my favorite, but you can ask for another flavor if you'd like to! When a cup of coffee won't do the trick, go a head and try one of these great places for an awesome breakfast.

June 5, 2012

What's in your garage?

To answer the question, what's in your garage? Most people will say things like; a car, my boat, the lawn mower, tools and a bunch of junk you would probably like to throw away... At Joe's Garage in the Loring Park neighborhood, you'll find the exact opposite, even though the flower boxes are made from recycled pickup truck tool boxes surrounding the quite large roof top patio with a scenic view of the Basilica of St. Mary and the downtown skyline.

Founder, Joe Kaplan, is out to "recreate American food!" and it sounds like he's doing a great job at it. Take one look at his menu and you'll see all sorts of weird combinations of typical American food. Burgers with ingredient combinations not found on a burger, Entree's that can make your mouth water just reading about them, Pastas you haven't seen before and App choices like; blue cheese nachos, smoked liver pate, lamb meatballs... Lamb meatballs? Yes please!

My wife and I stopped by for the first time and ordered the mac n' cheese with aged cheddar, asiago & blue cheese with Mn. apple smoked bacon & sun dried tomato's along with the beef short ribs with garlic mashed and sauteed spinach (which my wife ate). Sound delicious to you so far? I saved the best for last and I can't wait to go back to try it.

How many places do you know in the Twin Cities serving up a mashed potato bar with all the fixings you would want to top your mashed potatoes with? One or two scoops to start, followed by a selection of veggies, sauces and finally meats. Sounds like the beginnings of a great meal that can be customized any way you'd like. Have you made your mind up about going to Joe's Garage yet? There's no custom hot rod, custom Harley or fansy cars and boats (well maybe at his personal garage), but you will find some great food.
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