Hot Plate is tucked into a corner of South Minneapolis that is all too easy to drive past without realizing what you've missed.
We arrived early on a Sunday and joined the crowd waiting outside for a table. Hot Plate offers free coffee while you wait, which is typically about 30 minutes. The neighborhood cat made its rounds sleeping on people's laps. Very few objected to his attention. We were seated near the back at a vintage table and spent the first five minutes marveling at the decor. Hundreds of paint-by-numbers pictures consume every available square inch of wall space, along with an army of vintage figurines that my grandparents used to collect.
After taking in the scene, we turned our attention to the menu, which is just as interesting. We did our best to scope out what others had ordered. Everything looked fresh and substantial, and smelled wonderful. After several heated rounds of debate, we agreed to order five items (for three people) and graze off each other's plates. The waiter warned us that we were ordering “a lot of food” but we assured him that we knew what we were doing.
The pumpkin waffle lives up to the hype. The scrambled eggs were perfectly fluffy and the breakfast burritos were huge and gooey. We ended up eating most of the food, which earned us enthusiastic high-fives from our waiter. For a grand total of $16 per person, we left stuffed and giddy about our new favorite brunch spot.