I'd be here every Saturday if I could! Maria Hoyos came to the Twin Cities from Colombia and her love of great food has a loyal following that packs her cheerful cafe to overflow on weekend mornings. It's open for breakfast (served all day) and lunch and the menu is an interesting mix of flavors from her native country and standard American comfort food.
The breakfast menu ranges from cheese omelets to plantain pancakes, and French toast to huervos pericos. Lunch could be a burger or club sandwich, or fajitas and pinto bean soup. Portions are generous and service is always with smile! This is a great place to bring the newspaper and linger over a late breakfast. It's also very kid-friendly so bring the tots too.
Open 7 days a week until 3:00 PM: see the website for hours, directions and menus. Patio seating during summer months.
Note: For a fun combination of ethnic experiences, have corn or plantain pancakes for breakfast at Maria's and then drive 3 blocks west on Franklin, turn left on Chicago Ave. S and shoot down about 8-9 blocks to Midtown Global Market on E. Lake Street (see my previous tip on this). Also, stop at Ancient Traders Gallery next door to Maria's for a browse through their quality array of Native American arts and crafts.
Favorite Dish: Hands down, Maria's fresh corn pancakes (cachapas venezolanas) are everyone's favorite. With butter, maple syrup and sprinkle of cotija cheese... heaven on a plate. They're large and filling so you only need one unless you're a big feller or really hungry.
Maria's is run by a woman who's been around the Twin Cities' scene for many years. The current location is a few years old and has a fantastic breakfast menu (served until 2pm). The highlight is the corn pancake (cachapas venezolana) . I believe you'll find a debate between locals on the best topping: syrup or cotija cheese. I've tried both and prefer the dry cheese with the sweet taste of the pancake.
Favorite Dish: Corn pancake...it's amazing.