VENUE DETAILS

Good Day Cafe

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual

Serves:

Breakfast, Lunch

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Rating: One Star One Star No Star No Star

REVIEW

They had me at the caramel rolls.

One of my life's minor quests has been to find a worthy reincarnation of my happiest childhood food memory, my grandmother's caramel rolls. When Hedvig Nelson died, so did her recipe, a product of purely instinctual baking that, unfortunately, was never recorded for posterity. I haven't known the bliss of a Hedvig caramel roll since the mid-1970s, and in the intervening years I have failed to encounter anything that came even close.

Until now. One whiff of the caramel rolls at the Good Day Cafe and I thought -- no, hoped -- they might be a contender. With a single taste I knew I was in the presence of grandmotherly baking greatness: a warm, lightly yeasty, lavishly gooey, pecan-studded wonder, crying to be torn apart by sticky fingers and inhaled with abandon. Talk about a harbinger of good things to come. We're constantly being bombarded with the message that breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day, but follow-through among restaurants is often indifferent at best. Not at the Good Day, which hoists breakfast up to a pedestal, treating it with the respect it deserves but so infrequently gets.

The goodness begins with a genre-defining quiche, a deep-dish wonder built on a flaky, golden crust, its decadent custard filled with a can't-miss combo of roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and plenty of fragrant basil. Omelets, made with obvious expertise, are similarly first rate, prepared in a puffy soufflé style or following a more traditional folded model, filled with flavorful ingredients -- tasty herbs, fresh vegetables, mellow cheeses -- and served with teasingly addictive grilled potatoes.

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Where:

Good Day Cafe
5410 Wayzata Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN
763-544-0205

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