Hot Plate

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Darn, we did not sample the eggs Benedict! Only after we ate breakfast here — our fourth breakfast of the morning — did a neighboring diner inform us that Hot Plate’s Hollandaise sauce is the second best in the city, after Al’s in Dinkytown. That grievous omission notwithstanding, the meals we did have in this flamboyant little cafe were outstanding.

No one is more picky about waffles than I; and I have a special grudge against bad Belgians, which can be so thick and doughy. But the pumpkin buckwheat Belgian here is a game-changer: tender, fluffy, fresh, with just enough spice and sweetness to make syrup practically redundant, topped with a large globe of cinnamon-dusted whipped cream. Pancakes also are superior, made from egg-rich buttermilk batter and available with blueberries, peanut butter, caramelized pecans, or bacon or topped with a globe of fruity lingonberry butter.

A few other highlights from the breakfast menu (served all day until 2pm closing): caramel apple French toast, a shockingly sweet pecan roll, Grand Marais Scramble with smoked lake trout, huevos divorciados that features warring eggs — one with green salsa, one with red.

Looking like an easy-going, laid-back cafe from the outside, Hot Plate features interior decor that is out-of-this-world crazy: countless Paint-by-Numbers pictures all over the wall, row upon row of kitschy Precious Moments figurines, and one gigantic Lava Lite.

What to Eat
Hot Plate, Pumpkin Waffle
Pumpkin Waffle
Must-Try
Fluffy pumpkin waffle topped with cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream
Hot Plate, Swedish Lingonberry Pancake
Swedish Lingonberry Pancake
Must-Try
Swedish pancake capped with a sweet-tart globe of lingonberry butter
Hot Plate, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
The crust on chicken fried steak stays remarkably crisp.
Hot Plate, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash is sliced thin rather than chunked.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday8am - 2pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
ThursdayCLOSED
Friday8am - 1pm
Saturday8am - 2pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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