The Eats at Blackbird
When to go?
Brunch is 8am - 2pm. We always say this but get there early! Blackbird has been a hot spot on the Minneapolis brunch scene for years and the trend continues. Happy hour is 2 -5. They offer beer and wine and an impressive selection of local ciders (Milk and Honey, Keepsake and Sociable Cider Werks ). Only recently have they started serving alcohol, and we look forward to what they come up with for cocktails.
How to get there?
Located just a couple of blocks East of 35W, Blackbird is super easy to find. Street parking only challenge so.....get there early!
What to order?
Oh, Blackbird. Let us count the ways! Over the years, we have been big fans. BIG fans. You continue to delight us with your brunch specials and have even changed your menu a few times. We aren't mad about it (mostly we’re not mad). Here are a more than a few of our favorite things.
The specials. Keep an open mind when you listen to the specials -- they are weird. We've had eggs, rice and kimchi - pancakes with pistachios, ham and white chocolate. Amazing, all of them, every time.
Colleen O'Brien. Their version of huevos but with chorizo. This is NOT on the menu anymore and has been replaced by the Big Bird. The only difference is the Big Bird uses a crispy tortilla. Ann is not pleased about this but it's fine, you can still order the Colleen O'Brien. Insider info, Colleen O'Brien is not just a breakfast item she used to work at Blackbird. It was her favorite dish so they named it after her. (Rtip: order extra salsa).
Sweets. We like sweet with our savory and always suggest sharing plates so you don't miss out. Sourdough pancakes, Swedish pancakes, French toast or Whole grain cakes... you can't go wrong with any of these. We basically rotate through this list, unless the special has mushrooms (Ann is not a fan).
Other things Ann is not a fan of include Eggs Benedict. Much like her subpar love of my dog, I will never understand this. Eggs Benedict and Lola are perfect. The last Blackbird menu change added a Benedict section. I haven't tried all of them because I can not stop ordering the Lobster and Soft Scrambled Eggs. Served on a house baked English muffin with made from scratch Hollandaise sauce. It is one of those things you literally can't stop eating.
Savory. The Norske Scramber is lovely and light - house smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with dill creme fraiche. If you want something heavier, go for the Sweet Potato Biscuits and Gravy.
Good for kids or dogs?
Kids yes, dogs no. Kids menu features a smiley face pancake (adorable) but if your kids want to order off the main menu, you could be in for an expensive brunch. They have pretty fantastic hot chocolate too - you know, for the kids. And Dum Dum suckers if you didn't get enough sugar. Ann's pick is Butterscotch.
Sit at the bar if it is just the two of you and drink a ridiculous amount of coffee! Or opt for the lovely patio if the season is right and enjoy the people watching.
If you need coffee before or after (but not during - they don't allow outside drinks), check out Five Watt Coffee. In addition to some pretty fantastic specialty drinks (highly recommend the Kingfielder!) they have organ music and a toast bar on Sundays. Three types of toilet paper in bathroom! Also, buy a t-shirt. They are soft, printed locally and just really cool. For car fans, Quality Coaches is across the street. The showroom is only open Mon - Fri but they always have a few classic cars parked on the street. One of these days brunch will include a vintage MG convertible.