My weekends are unconventional in that I work Tuesday through Saturday, so I have Sunday and Monday off. It’s something I’m still getting used to, especially when I see people celebrating Friday on social media and knowing that I still have another day of work left in my week. On the plus side, I love that Monday is a free day for me because it’s so much easier to do everyday activities. Go grocery shopping. Get an oil change. Schedule a doctor’s appointment.
Enjoy a peaceful, leisurely breakfast.
No waiting list, fast service, easy parking. It’s pretty wonderful.
Today’s restaurant of choice was French Meadow Cafe & Bakery on Grand Ave in St. Paul. This was my second visit, but I’ve been to the Uptown location several times. I’d never had the Blueberry Corn Pancake before but the moment I sat down, the pancake craving hit me pretty hard. I knew my friend Jason and I would order our own entrees, but I asked him about splitting the pancake, too, and he agreed (not surprisingly, as I had also recruited him to help me devour all of the vegan food at the Minnesota State Fair and he rocked that task).
You can tell the pancake is made from cornmeal, but it has a nice texture with crisp edges and is chock full of yummy blueberries. They give you just the right amount of syrup, and I would have been plenty full if this was the only thing I ordered.
But it wasn’t.
I really love the Cajun Hashbrowns (admittedly, I’d prefer Pizza Luce’s City Slicker Cajun Breakfast) and I chose to add Daiya cheese. I’m crossing my fingers that the St. Paul location will start carrying cheese from The Herbivorous Butcher, which is something the Uptown location already does. The veggies include green onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and garlic. This dish honestly isn’t spicy at all, but it’s very tasty and filling.
Jason ordered the Classic Vegan Breakfast which includes a nice tofu scramble, vegan sausage, hashbrowns and toast. I’ve had this before and still get it from time to time.
The bonus part of today’s breakfast is that the morning was simply beautiful, and we were one of very few parties sitting on the back patio at French Meadow. It’s shaded enough that the sun isn’t in your eyes, and with all the various vibrant plants lining the walls, you’re basically sitting in the middle of a garden. I could have stayed there all day sipping coffee and reading a book. This was the perfect start to my day.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
St. Paul and Minneapolis