Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Now open for breakfast and lunch at 50th and Bryant
The front door to the Lynn opens onto a little counter area stacked with stunning pastries and the cash register. The walls and dining area are tastefully Scandinavian in design, with reclaimed wood, baskets in cream and light blue, and glistening white spaces.
We stopped in soon after the Lynn opened its doors for a first taste of this farm-to-table cafe and community gathering space.
Feeling Minnesota: modern, Scandinavian design with farm-fresh food
While it will soon be open for dinner, at the moment the Lynn is open only for breakfast and lunch. Notice we didn't say "brunch." We made the mistake of arriving at a leisurely 10:50 a.m. We had 10 minutes to order breakfast or wait until 11:30 for lunch service. While the kitchen closes to switch meal gears, you can still pick from a variety of pastries and cookies, all made in-house except for a fat chocolate croissant made at nearby neighbor Patisserie 46.
A soft little amaretto-soaked cookie cradled a thimble-full of rich chocolate ganache, topped with a Marcona almond and a tart little brandied cherry. Huge, glossy buns sandwiched fluffy whipped cream.
We dove into the first available menu, ordering a breakfast sandwich, French toast, pancake, and a side of bacon, and then, safely past 11:30, a plate of French fries, for good measure.
The breakfast sandwich ($6) was an English muffin, layered with two slices of gooey cheese, a farm fresh egg cooked over medium, and a tender, rich pork sausage patty. The English muffin was perfectly fresh, crunchy on the outside, tender-fluffy on the inside. The sausage is made in-house, coarsely ground, judiciously seasoned, with just a blush of sweetness balanced with a deft amount of saltiness. It's some of the best breakfast sausage we've tasted in a while.
Sausage, egg and cheese on fresh English muffin
|Sausage, egg and cheese on fresh English muffin|
French toast is a fat slice of brioche ($4 for one), soaked to custard perfection, griddled, and served with either real maple syrup or a fruit compote. The warmly spiced apple compote was silky smooth and decadently mixed with maple syrup, transformed beyond simple breakfast into a perfect, woodsy kiss of fall.
The pancake ($6) was just right, not too thick, not too thin, griddled crusty on the outside and warm and soft on the inside (if a bit steeply priced). Bacon ($4) was meaty, chewy, and also perfectly cooked: not too browned, satisfyingly crunchy and chewy.
The first bite of the fries ($6) proved they were clearly vying for a spot on our Best Of list. They were a perfect pile of crispy-licious potato perfection, fried toasty brown on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and dusted with fat flakes of salt.
Fries that seem to cry,"We're number 1!"
Everything was washed down with a couple of cups of utterly fantastic coffee. The Lynn partners with brew expert Andrew Kopplin from Kopplin's Coffee in St. Paul.
They are also closely partnering with the farmers they source their ingredients from. It's clear that the kitchen is treating the raw ingredients with the utmost care.
While the kitchen seems to be killing it right out of the gate, the front house has a few of the expected bumps of first opening. The new counter staff is still finding its way. Even after lingering for an hour, it was hard to tell if diners were supposed to order at the counter or sit and wait for service. That will get sorted out, as newcomers and staff find their way around this new community meeting space. Packed with families, runners, and those like us, unable to decide between breakfast and lunch but ready to take on the day. The Lynn on Bryant is open and ready to serve the Lynnhurst community some delicious, farm-fresh food.
The Lynn on Bryant
5003 Bryant Ave S.,Minneapolis
Serving breakfast daily, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Lunch daily 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Open until 5 p.m.
Dinner service begins after October 25