The Skeptical Diner: Blackbird for Breakfast

Conscious of the fact that I’m putting on pounds like a prize-fighter trying to move up a weight class… minus all the exercise that implies… I convinced the wife to walk the 5 mile round-trip to Blackbird for breakfast.

I realize that there’s a certain self-defeating nature to taking a long walk and then eating rich food, but it certainly beats my typical day’s plan, which includes not taking a long walk and then eating rich food.

At any rate, Blackbird turned out to be a great destination.

The breakfast menu is short, but it covers the right bases and emphasizes a few quality choices rather than offering a buhzillion mediocre options.

The wife ordered with her usual fearlessness, asking for the oxtail hash. Bits of oxtail (which tastes essentially like stewed beef) arrived mixed with tiny chunks of potatoes, green peppers and corn. The hash comes topped with two basted eggs (are these just a thing around here?) and a refreshingly light Hollandaise that puts flavor first, and volume second.

I went for the understated elegance of a single pancake and a side of sausage patties. First: kudos to Blackbird for offering a single pancake option. With few exceptions, that’s plenty for me, personally. Second: the pancake was golden brown, slightly chewy and perfectly cooked. Third: real maple syrup! WOO!

A touch of that syrup went really well with the sausage patties, which sported an incredibly crisp but not over-done exterior, and a tender, juicy, but not under-done interior. The flavor was rich, but not overly salty. In short: they were terrific.

My only complaint about the place is that it felt awfully empty. Okay, it was 10:45am on a weekday, but still. There must be other urban slackers out there in search of a great Wednesday brunch.

3 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on August 10th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    on your suggestion, I went with my mom. Did you have the coffee? it is an amazing blend, they have it done exclusively for them. Its a really good complement to the good but not over done-ness of the food.


  2. James Norton (unregistered) on August 11th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    I did have the coffee, but to be perfectly frank, I don’t trust my own opinions about the stuff. I have a real bias toward smooth / mellow / easy to drink. I’m not really a wine guy, either. Beer? Sure. Scotch, you bet. But when it comes to coffee and wine, I’m a total pushover for “easy” as opposed to “good.” Best breakfast coffee in the area, in my opinion, is at Original Pancake House/Edina. But that’s just me.

    Glad you enjoyed the restaurant!


  3. Ed Kohler (unregistered) on August 15th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    Wow, that does sound rich. I could use soke blood thinner after a breakfast like that.

    Or a 5 mile walk.



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