Rustica owner Steve Horton works the oven.

TOM WALLACE • Star Tribune ,

Check, Please: Delicious, cheap breakfasts

  • April 26, 2013 - 2:04 PM

What’s that adage about simple pleasures being the best? It’s true at Rustica, where $2.50 buys a few thick, fresh-cut slices straight off the bread board — choose from four or five gorgeous, ever-changing loaves —plus jam and sweet, creamy butter. The skilled baristas work the espresso machine with a surgeon’s dexterity.

3220 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-1119,


Replace the Egg McMuffin with one of the a.m. sandwiches at Surdyk’s Cheese Shop. Highlights include the “Green Eggs and Ham,” a mix of scrambled eggs with spinach, Minnesota farmstead ham and Swiss on a focaccia roll ($4.65), and an open-face beauty made with a slice of sesame semolina topped with avocado and a sunny-side-up fried egg ($3.99).

303 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-379-9757,

Rusty Taco has got the breakfast taco thing down to an art form, stuffing corn or flour tortillas with scrambled eggs and like-minded ingredients along the lines of potatoes, chorizo and bacon, all at $2.50 a pop.

522 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls, 612-315-5372 and 508 Lexington Pkwy S., St. Paul, 651-698-2777,


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