It's not breakfast. It's not lunch. It's somewhere in between -- and these Twin Cities eateries do it perfectly.
Weekend brunch at the friendly Cheeky Monkey Deli is quick and satisfying, offering basics along the lines of two eggs any style with bacon, hash browns and toast and a classic eggs Benedict as well as scrambled egg-chorizo tacos and smoked ham-brie panini. Most prices under $9, and a decent kids' menu, too.
French toast aficionados need to know about Rye Deli, where eggy challah forms the basis of a swoon-worthy example of the genre, drenched in nothing but top-shelf Minnesota-made butter and maple syrup. Other specialties include eggs scrambled with matzo and salami and a toasted bialy Benedict made using the kitchen's awesome smoked beef. Saturday and Sunday.
1930 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-871-1200, www.ryedeli.com
At the Bachelor Farmer, Sunday brunch includes a whirl through pastry chef Krista Steinbach's selection of pastries, brioche and sweets. It's easy to make a meal of chef Paul Berglund's beautiful toasts -- topped with such temptations as cured salmon and sweet mustard, or aged goat cheese and pureed English peas -- but bear in mind the kitchen's heartier fare, including baked eggs with venison sausage, smoked pork shoulder with poached eggs over rye spaetzle and eggs scrambled with smoked trout and green onions.
50 N. 2nd Av., Mpls., 612-206-3920, www.thebachelorfarmer.com