Shop (at the farmers market) and then eat (brunch).
Located a few blocks from the St. Paul Farmers Market (Saturday and Sunday, www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com), the Buttered Tin lavishes extra-special touches on familiar breakfast fare (huevos rancheros with a roasted-corn/black-bean salsa and lime- and cilantro-infused sour cream, bananas Foster-style French toast) and goes all-out on the a.m. baked goods. Be sure to grab a house-made Twinkie for the road.
237 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-2300, thebutteredtin.com
At Harriet Brasserie, go for the sweet-potato/lamb hash and the changes-daily scones, stay for the beautiful crawfish-and-grits plate and one of the city’s most memorable burgers. Oh, and the ever-growing Linden Hills Farmers Market (Sunday, www.lindenhillsfarmersmarket.com) is just a block to the west.
2724 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-354-2197, lakeharrietbrasserie.com
Sure, shoppers can grab a (delicious) stand-up breakfast in the restaurant’s crêpe stand at the Mill City Farmers Market (Saturday, millcity farmersmarket.org), but think about going all-in, brunch-wise, and nabbing a table at Spoonriver. Along with well-composed omelets, scrambles and quiches, the stylish restaurant also offers a well-rounded roster of classic lunch items, including excellent hummus, a first-rate lamb burger and a magazine cover-worthy niçoise salad.
750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-436-2236, spoonriver.com