Breakfast food is easily my favorite. Heck, I’d eat an egg sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I’m typically into the more hearty side of the meal — the sweet stuff (pancakes, waffles, french toast) doesn’t always do it for me. So, when I decide to order sweet stuff off a breakfast menu, it means it must be good. REAL good. Like, so good, that it’s what I order every time I go there. I’m talking about the flappers topped with Apple, Walnuts & Brie (brown sugar & honey) at Colossal Cafe in South Minneapolis.
Derek and I visited Colossal Cafe soon after we moved into our South Minneapolis abode a few years ago. It’s a mere one and a half miles away and has become our go-to for a delicious weekday breakfast. On this particular Wednesday morning, we were both gearing up for long days at work, preparing for Black Friday. We figured we’d need a filling breakfast to get us through the day and settled on Colossal as the perfect spot.
If you’ve never been, you should know that it’s a pretty small space — there are several small tables and five bar-style seats along the window. Luckily, we walked in at the right time and we were able to place and pay for our order at the counter and snag two seats at the window. Just a side-note, it’s cash or local check only at this location! We settled in and waited for our meal — the Apple, Walnut, and Brie Flappers ($9 for a short stack) and the Omelet with Seasonal Veggies and Feta ($8.50).
Our wait wasn’t long, and before we knew it, we were diving into two glorious plates of food. The flappers are absolutely heavenly. Colossal uses a yeast-based recipe for their pancakes and it gives them a delicate chewiness and a more bread-like flavor than your standard pancake. Combine that with brie, chunks of apple and walnut, and a brown sugar/honey combo drizzled all over it and you’ve got pancake nirvana.
As I was digging into the plate of flappers in front of me, Derek tucked into the omelet with seasonal roasted vegetables and feta. This is our other standard order when we go to Colossal. It’s filled with toothsome chunks of eggplant, peppers, onions, and zucchini. The eggs are fluffy and tender and the salty feta is an excellent counterpart to the savory roasted veggies. We got this the first time we ever visited, and have been ordering it ever since. Maybe we’re missing out on the rest of the menu, but hey, we’re Minnesotan! Why change unless we have to?
We switched plates halfway through — being married makes breakfast that much better — and polished off the rest of the food. It was time to get the rest of our day rolling, fuel provided by Colossal Cafe. As we walked away, I could already hear those pancakes calling my name. Don’t worry, flappers, we’ll be back soon!
Tiny, cozy space with a friendly, neighborhood feel.
Very pleasant — our server was really friendly and laid back. And don’t forget, it’s cash or local check only!
The food is brought out looking just as delicious as it tastes.
Out of this world! I’m addicted to the flappers.
Value for Dollars
At $18 for two hearty plates of breakfast, we got off pretty easy. We’re willing to spend that much on something we can’t quite replicate at home — believe me, I’ve tried.
But don’t take my word for it:
1839 E. 42nd Street
Minneapolis MN 55407