Saturday, April 25, 2009



Teddy and I had a few errands to run this busy Sat. morning and decided that in order to get through the long list of "to do" items we should fortify ourselves with a hearty breakfast from Blackbirds.

Having had many excellent lunches at the quirky Blackbird Cafe, I was anxious to try their breakfast items. The place was packed on this beautiful spring morning, but the friendly host got us a nice table for two right away and our smiling waitress brought me a cup of steaming, strong coffee as soon as I requested it.

The breakfast menu is as eclectic as the little cafe, serving up classic eggs to oxtail hash. Teddy and I usually go for the specials and this morning was no different and of course we always share. This son knows the drill well. Teddy ordered the fritatta with sausage, leeks and sage. This dish could have used a few potatoes or fresh fruit, but the toast was excellent. I decided on the breakfast sandwich. Thick slices of bread with scrambled eggs, bacon and Swiss, sauteed like French toast. The pure maple syrup and orange marmalade were nice accompaniments, but again a fresh fruit garnish would have been nice.

Chef Chris Steves is doing a excellent job at this neighborhood establishment and it was great to see the place so busy. His staff is friendly and helpful and eager to please. It was a nice little breakfast, but a some fresh fruit would have rounded out the plate nicely and have been a colorful and tasty addition.

Blackbird is located at 815 W. 50th Street in Minneapolis. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (WOW). and their website is

Try them, you'll be happy you did. And the best part of the meal, of course was getting to spend time with Teddy.

Buon appetito!

Carmela Tursi Hobbins

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