Good Day Café – March 7, 2010

8 03 2010

Good Day Café
5410 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley

Some friends called to meet up for brunch and how could we disagree? Breakfast is one of our favorite meals; add coffee and excellent company (and 40-degree weather in March!), and it’s a blissful beginning to Sunday.

The Paisley Favorite, smothered in guacamole and hollandaise

Our brunch-mates were smart and arrived 20 minutes before our meeting time (and, gulp, 35 minutes before we did) to put in our names. And though we’ve heard the main complaint is the long wait on weekends, our friends’ foresight allowed us to bypass the massive waiting area packed full of families and climb into a large booth to examine the menu.

Open and sunny, the atmosphere at Good Day Café is invigorating and the bright décor and energizing chatter are a welcome wake-up. The air is filled with aromas of freshly brewed coffee, homemade sticky buns, and cheesy egg bakes, so thankfully we didn’t have to wait an eternity to order. While the service was lousy, our spirits could not be dampened when breakfast was served. My friend raved that her hot chocolate spiked with almond and coconut was divine, but her fiancé’s chorizo lacked some kick (though also lost was chorizo’s typical “red grease,” so perhaps an acceptable tradeoff).

Roasted Veggie Soufflé next to GDC potatoes

Jim tried the Paisley Favorite – two eggs over flavorful guacamole and resting on a toasted English muffin, all topped with fresh tomato and hollandaise sauce. I chose the Roasted Vegetable Soufflé and got my daily share of veggies in one shot: zucchini, carrots and onion among the mix. And of course, both our meals were served alongside GDC potatoes – pan-fried spud and onion slices. Both had fantastic flavor, and we agreed they were worth ordering again.

For anyone used to greasy spoon breakfast joints, Good Day Café is pricey and the portions are larger than necessary (unless the rest of your Sunday involves a good nap to sleep off the food coma). The noise level is constant but cheerful, and the wait to be seated is long but ultimately worth it. For groups of any age looking for a bright start to a weekend, the food and atmosphere of Good Day Café make it a morning delight.

RATING (out of 5 ♠♠♠♠♠)
Ambiance/Environment: ♠♠♠
Menu Selection: ♠♠ 1/2
Service:
Food Taste & Presentation: ♠♠♠ 1/2
COMPLETE EXPERIENCE: ♠♠♠

Total bill, including tip: $33

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