Where the Families Are — and Aren’t

The key to enjoying a good Twin Cities weekend brunch is knowing not just where to go, but when.

Like just about everything else in life . . . timing is everything.

Differing Demographics

So, around 10 a.m., avoid family-friendly — and early rising — Minneapolis neighborhoods like Linden Hills and Fulton (and brunchjust about everywhere in Edina).

Instead, head Uptown, where the nocturnal Yuppies are still sleeping, and spots like Common Roots and the Egg & I (both on Lyndale in “The Wedge” neighborhood) are line-free.

Scarcely two hours later, those places typically have lines out the door on weekends.

Then, spots like Zumbro (Linden Hills) and any Edina Perkins (good buttermilk pancakes!) are better bets.

Ditto for Sunday Dinner

The same advice holds for Sunday dinner out.

5pmAt 5 p.m., the Edina and Golden Valley D’Amico’s are already packed, thanks in part to their “kids eat free” promotion and suburban locations.

Not so at the Uptown D’Amico’s on Hennepin, where the rush kicks in a full hour later.

P.S.:  Unlike some places I can think of in Scottsdale and South Florida, I’m not aware of any Twin Cities restaurants that have a “senior special” rush . . . also around 5 p.m. (if not earlier).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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