Monday, November 2, 2009

Dixie's Champagne Brunch

This weekend was a bit of a restaurant mania. In just two short days, I managed to eat out nearly every meal: Saturday breakfast at Our Kitchen, Saturday dinner at the Green Mill and Sunday brunch at Dixie's on Grand in Saint Paul.

My friends and I like to get together for Sunday brunch from time to time (a la Sex and the City) and had heard that Dixie's has a great champagne brunch offering, making it an easy choice for this weekend's gathering.

Served until 1:30 p.m., there are three lines of choices: traditional breakfast (scrambled eggs, scalloped potatoes, bacon, sausage, cornbread pudding, jambalaya, etc.), salads and fresh fruits, and desserts (pies, bars, fondue, etc.). Best of all, the brunch comes with bottomless glasses of champagne or mimosas.

I delighted in the scrambled eggs, scalloped potatoes, sausage, bacon and shrimp.
I had a hard time deciding between all of the dessert options, but eventually landed on the pumpkin/cream cheese roll, chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate mousse.

The strawberries were delish. However, I was a little disappointed by the pumpkin roll, which seemed slightly dry, and the chocolate mousse, which had a slight coffee flavor (I'm sure most coffee lovers would find it enjoyable though).The highlight of the experience was our attentive server who kept the mimosas flowing and checked back regularly. Another bonus: I wasn't hungry again until after 8 p.m.

A word to the wise: the Sunday brunch is the only offering from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., so make sure you have breakfast on the brain and are prepared to spend $19.95 before deciding on Dixie's :)

My other Sunday highlight: my first purchases at Sur La Table, a gourmet cooking store on 50th & France in Edina. I left a happy camper with a cookie jar, olive oil cruet and snowflake cookie cutter in-hand.


  1. I love brunch, especially with girlfriends. Have you ever been to Cafe Maude in south Mpls? It is my FAVORITE brunch place. Very classy and fantastic food for a Sex and the City-esque brunch :)

    I also heart Sur La Table. Sometimes I wander there just for fun.

  2. I love to go to brunch. I tend to take little bites of all the desserts! Don't you love Sur la Table? I still love Crate and Barrel more...but, they are a close second.


  3. I have been to Cafe Maude but never for brunch. I'll have to check it out since it's right in my neighborhood :)

    And, I do love Sur La Table. I'm strangely drawn to kitchen/cooking stores...or maybe just shopping in general I suppose.

  4. I would like to do this with you one Sunday this summer when I can take a day off. Perhaps we could do Mass at the Basilica and brunch? Do they serve this same brunch on Saturdays, perchance?

  5. Oooh, a mass and brunch date in the summer sounds fun! I think it might just be Sundays.

  6. I'll have to try this brunch (assuming it is still offered). I miss the brunch they used to offer in the late '80s and '90s -- platter after platter of food -- fruit, cornbread and biscuits, scrambled eggs, bacon and ham and ribs, and chocolate mousse to top it all off. Are my husband and I the only ones who remember and miss that?

  7. Thanks for stopping by! I've had the Dixie's brunch within the last year, so I think it's still around. They do have quite the spread, though I'm guessing it's not the same as what you used to have. You'll have to let me know what you think if you go back. :)