Minneapolis living without Sunday brunch with friends is no life worth living at all. I hadn’t heard about Alma Cafe until my friends suggested it, and I’m glad they did.
Their menu is small, but there is still a lot of variety. I had the American Breakfast which comes with scrambled eggs, crispy potatoes, and toast, and I also ordered a side of the house breakfast sausage.
I must admit, I’m not a huge egg person, so I was beyond pleasantly surprised to discover that their scrambled eggs tasted like little rain clouds. They weren’t rubbery, too wet, or too dry, and they had a great house flavoring. The potatoes were also to die for. I’ve always been a fan of crunchy potatoes, so I was excited to see that a couple were actually almost borderline burnt. They also had a bit of seasoning, which I can’t describe except to say they were delicious. They were actually all three of our favorite parts of the meal. The toast was also pretty good. I didn’t, however, care too much for the sausage. There was something in the house seasoning that had too much kick to it. I would definitely order this again, but without the side of sausage.
Of the other two I was with, Mikayla had the Steak & Eggs and gave it two thumbs up, Linnea had the Yogurt & Almond “Creme,” which she liked. It was more of a solid texture than normal yogurt.
Two words: Carrot Mimosa. I’ve never heard of this nor knew it was a thing and I feel completely ripped off.Carrot-Apple-Ginger Juice, Sparkling Wine, Gamle Ode Holiday Aquavit, Bolivar Bitters. It had the same carbonation of a regular mimosa, but the carrot juice combination cut away at the normal amount of citrus that I find a little too much in a normal mimosa. It was refreshing and came garnished with an odd little carrot that was too cute not to use for a selfie, obviously!
We sat at the bar, because it was open seating and we would have had to wait quite a while for a table, but it ended up being the best choice. The bartender was extremely friendly, and joked around with us, and didn’t mine our million and 1 questions about the menu and the decor and the ingredients he was using to mix cocktails.
Alma, in addtion to being a cafe, is also a hotel, so I’m sure many of the customers were also guests. Like I said, we sat at the bar, which worked out fine, however, those stools are very close to the bar and both Linnea and I are tall, so we had the uncomfortable seating stance of our knees hitting the bar, so I would possibly suggest if you want to get a table to call and get a reservation. It wasn’t too busy right after noon, but it was definitely an early brunch destination. They stop serving brunch at 2pm.
Parking is also an issue. Being right off Broadway you need to scavenge for the limited parking available on the side streets. We lucked out with a metered parking spot right out front that was free on Sunday.
528 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9AM – 2PM