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100 Favorite Dishes: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese

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As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish @citypages.com.

No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese

Let's not mince words. No one looks good at brunch. It's at that witching hour of the morning and you've either been up so long already your first coffee buzz has worn off or you just got up, ears still ringing, after sleeping off a long night of loud music and vodka Red Bulls. Even babies look kind of pale and discombobulated at brunch. But what's great about brunch is that it brings people together, and usually disparate, inter-generational crowds. So Grand Cafe's brunch is already a uniter, but where things really start to get cozy is with its modestly named but un-effing-believable "Ham and Cheese." The restaurant takes ham and brie -- already a winning combo -- pairs it with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and robes and bakes it all in a soft, buttery, decadent brioche. We don't necessarily want to say it's the gourmet, whole foods-version of a Hot Pocket but there, we said it. Can anyone say crowdpleaser? Wash away some of last night's pallor with Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino No. 83: Uni at Origami No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast