Hazel's Northeast plays up small-town cafe vibe

Grandma would feel "hip but not scared"

The most decadent breakfast is the Drunken Banana French Toast, which makes a mockery of most caramel rolls. Thick slices of eggy bread are ladled with practically enough of the sticky goo to fill one of the La Brea pits—a baby mastodon could happily drown in it. Add a smattering of warm banana slices, rum-soaked raisins, and crushed pecans, and regular French toast, with its sparse sprinkle of powdered sugar and light drizzle of maple syrup, starts to look sadly underdressed. The Drunken's portion size could satisfy even the appetites of late-night partying collegiates or teenage boys known to measure their cereal intake by the box.

Comfort food with a modern sensibility: Adam (left) and Andrew Sieve with Hippie Cakes and Turkey Commercial
Brian Garrity
Comfort food with a modern sensibility: Adam (left) and Andrew Sieve with Hippie Cakes and Turkey Commercial

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Hazel's Northeast

2859 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Northeast Minneapolis

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Hazel's Northeast
2859 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis; 612.788.4778
appetizers $5-$8; entrées $8-$17

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Speaking of teenage boys, the Sieve household raised four of them, but so far Adam and Andrew's other two brothers are simply Hazel's customers, not employees. But depending on how their careers pan out, perhaps they will some day rejoin the family restaurant workforce.

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Guest
Guest

Visited twice now with friends and family; Hazel's has an eclectic menu with great tasting food - something for the oldsters and something for the hipsters (which accurately describes Northeast). Service has been warm, friendly and competent on both of our visits - the owners make you feel like friends. Hazel's is on our recommend list!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann

I live in the neighborhood and was quite sad to see Pop! close. We've tried this restaurant twice and thought the food and atmosphere was nice the first time but not the second. We were surprised that the menu already changed after a few weeks and service was awful. We had to go up to the waitress twice to ask for water and our check. We noticed the owners seemed to be training their staff while guests dined in their restaurant, but we came to experience a nice dinner not a training service. Being excited for a new restaurant in the neighborhood it was quite a disappointment.

Mungo
Mungo

I loved Pop. Waited excitedly for this place to open, wanted to like it, but $15 a plate for Grandma food just isn't worth it. The seniors already have a place in NE - LouAnns. Now we get plain and boring Hazel's too. Maybe Maude can take over the other place a few doors down. I post this because I hope you read it and change, Hazel, because I want to be a regular.

Tom
Tom

how many times do you go to a restaurant for the first time and meet the owner. I did at Hazels Northeast. I met Andrew nice guy friendly and a good sense of humor. The same can be said for Hazels clean good food good portions friendly staff good service. I'm coming back and telling others to do the same. Tom

Welch
Welch

I can't wait to make it there - sounds awesome.

Dominic
Dominic

I'd love to try that Drunken Banana French Toast

Miriam
Miriam

Yum! This restaurant has the most delicious food! Can't wait to go back!!

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

Anyone who uses 'yum' in a resturant review.... must like school lunches!

Justin A Slee
Justin A Slee

This place is fabulous! I love eating there!!

 
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