You don't even have to bring your mom (unless you want to) because it's not Mother's Day, and leave the jellybeans at home, because it isn't Easter, and it isn't any other annoying reason to hit up a brunch buffet either. This one happens every Sunday, and guess what else? It's actually good. And it's affordable.
We're talking about the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet at Al Vento, a longstanding reason to love that Nokomis Italian spot, but now, chef Jon Hunt is bringing his good ideas to the other side of Minneapolis at Bryn Mawr's Sparks. And now, with a much larger dining room, there's somewhere to fit the chocolate fondue fountain!
For the low, low price of $14 you can get a ticket to paradise: all you care to eat classic brunch fare plus some special treats designed around the wood-fired pizza oven (the regular menu at Sparks is completely written around the oven, from pizzas to entrees to the most excellent scratch, made-to-order pita bread).
Go check it out to discover all the specifics, but the brunch buffet menu at Al Vento includes fresh fruit, pastries, salads, meats, cheeses, house-smoked fish, sausage, roasted potatoes, pasta, eggs Florentine, waffles, pancakes, a chocolate fondue fountain, and other items that rotate on a weekly basis.
And bonus, if you're a fan of that buffet, the one at Sparks is four bucks cheaper.
Six bucks gets you bottomless mimosas or sake bloody Marys from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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