Seven months after debuting Mercy in downtown Minneapolis, chef Mike Rakun has unveiled another restaurant, his first in Wayzata.
Benedict’s Morning Heroes (845 Lake St. E., Wayzata, benedictswayzata.com), a diner-style eatery serving breakfast and lunch, opened its doors on Tuesday, giving the area a rare early-morning option.
“My wife’s uncle lives [around the corner] and every time we were sitting around talking about restaurant ideas, he would always say ‘Wayzata needs a breakfast place,’ ” Rakun said.
Then, after the owner of the complex that houses both Benedict’s, Hotel Landing and a collection of condos announced they were looking for a breakfast concept, it was inevitable.
The restaurant mixes sleek, modern design with classic comfort-food dishes and over-the-top breakfast creations. Rakun offers an array of sandwiches, such as a grilled cheese with crab, along with omelets, pancakes piled with fruit, nutella and bacon, mini-doughnuts and other sweets, as well as egg dishes.
A lineup of various Benedicts — of course — highlight combinations beyond the basics, such as beef tenderloin, smoked onion and Bearnaise and arepas with black beans and carnitas.
As far as hashes, they come with oversized, house-made tater tots and offer the likes of house-cured corned beef, and the makings of a Denver omelet.
“We like to dabble,” Rakun said. “Try something a little different.”
Wine, beer and “day drink” cocktails are also available along with coffee, espresso and fresh juices.
Benedict’s is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with breakfast items served throughout.
Given the early interest, Rakun expects a quick crowd.
“People who live around here have been stopping by every morning for the last few weeks,” he said with a chuckle, “asking when we’re going to open.”
On the docket around town
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (31 S. 7th St., Mpls.) will be donating 35 percent of profits from its Pink Dinner on Friday. Tickets for the five-course meal featuring pink dishes and paired with rosé wine are $57; reservations can be made by calling 612-216-3473.
Iron Fork — the Twin Cities battle of chefs and others in the industry — is back at International Market Square (275 Market St., Mpls.) on Nov. 2. This year the theme is food truck fare. Tickets for the showdown are $35 and can be purchased at ironfork.citypages.com. Meanwhile, Iron Bartender continues at Amsterdam Bar and Hall (6 W. 6th St., St. Paul) on Oct. 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 at the door.