Relaxing days off can be few and far between rounds these parts. So, when I truly have a day to myself, I try to keep things simple — sleep in, take naps, read, relax, run. Eating is at the top of the list as well, (who would’ve guessed?! ha.)  A few weeks ago, on a day off when cooking was at the very bottom of the list, I decided to take a trip to Butter Bakery Café.

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I had visited Butter’s previous location a few times, but this was my first trip to their new location on Nicollet Avenue. I stopped at the Salvation Army just down the block for little pre-breakfast shopping and then walked down to Butter.

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I received a warm welcome right as I walked in — everyone was so friendly! I grabbed a menu to peruse while I took in the bright, clean, open space. Although the sweet treats beckoned to me from the bakery case, I was more in the mood for something hearty and filling. I stepped up to the counter to order — I decided on the omelet ($6.75) and chose a couple of add-ons: seasonal veggies ($1.00) and sausage ($1.50). I then had my choice of cheese (feta sounded perfect) and a choice between toast or potatoes (potatoes, doy).

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My food arrived and it looked great! My first forkful passed the taste-test. The egg was fluffy, the veggies inside were fresh, and the there was plenty of sausage. Overall, it needed the addition of salt and pepper, (and the tabasco didn’t hurt either) but that was quickly remedied.

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I polished my omelet off with relish. My overall experience at Butter was great, but I will admit, the food isn’t my favorite part about Butter. What I love about Butter is their commitment and passion for the community around them. Together with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, they serve as a worksite and mentors for youth who have been homeless or are at-risk of being homeless. The youth live in the apartments above the restaurant in Nicollet Square. How cool is that?! They also serve as the drop-off site of a local CSA among many other things.

Whether you’re looking for a great spot for coffee or breakfast or are looking for a restaurant that is plugged into and supports the community around them, make sure you take a visit to Butter Bakery Café very soon.

 

Atmosphere
Bright and cheery with a warm, welcoming, community-feel.

Service
Friendly and personable staff — you can tell they enjoy being there.

Presentation
Simple, no-fuss.

Taste
Seasonal and fresh with a down-home vibe.

Value for Dollars
My total was about $12 after tip. Not bad! The fact that Butter supports at-risk youth and many, many other community organizations just sweetens the deal.

Butter Bakery Café

3700 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 521-7401

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