The other day I was talking to an acquaintance about food and the subject of breakfast came up. Now this individual had the nerve to say that breakfast food has no place in his diet. He actually said breakfast food is “nasty”. I understand maybe not eating an early morning breakfast like most people, but to cut all breakfast food out is just insane. As a matter of fact if you agree with that individual, I need you to leave this webpage immediately. I’m serious just leave. Click the X in the corner and know that you parents never wanted you and the whole world hates you.
With completely different schedules it’s a rarity that the Food Bros had the chance to review a breakfast place. We met at Jensen’s Café in Burnsville at about 9:00am and the place a busy but not crowded. We were seated right away and Brad ordered a caramel roll for the table to share. Good thing too, because this thing was huge. One caramel roll can easily satisfy up to 4 reasonable people or 2 fatties. I have had better caramel rolls elsewhere, but this wasn’t bad, especially when you slab a ton of whipped butter on each bite.
Next I ordered the Pancake Combo which comes with 2 cakes, 2 eggs any style, bacon or sausage links with Café! Potatoes. I ordered my eggs over easy which were made perfectly. I don’t understand scrambled egg people. They’re just no fun. I feel like scrambled eggs are baby food. When you’re an adult you order runny eggs to dip your toast or potatoes in. Plus how can you review a breakfast place without testing their egg making skills? I was extremely pleased with my bacon. It is much thicker than most restaurants offer. Even the ones that claim to serve “thick cut” bacon. Just because you can’t see through it, doesn’t make it thick cut. The potatoes were cold and overall pretty blah. I prefer hash browns myself. My pancakes were excellent. They were so large and fluffy that I could only finish one. The syrup had a unique buttery maple taste to it. I know all syrup is buttery and or maple, but you’ll just have to trust me it is unique. I must be so used to low grade flavored corn syrup that this good stuff doesn’t do anything for me. I probably would have enjoyed some Mrs. Butterworth’s a bit more. Finally I washed it all down with a tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Be careful here, a tall glass of OJ is going to cost you $3.45 with no refills. If I’m not careful, I can easily drink over $10.00 of OJ in a sitting.
Overall, Jensen’s Cafe is a nice breakfast option if you’re tired of the regular Perkins, Denny’s, and IHOP style breakfast. There are plenty of Mom and Pop breakfast joints in the area that probably do it a bit better for a cheaper price, but that don’t mean this place is to be ignored. I’m curious about their lunch and dinner options so a return trip is in the cards. We’ll keep you posted.
Disclaimer: After we leave a restaurant we do our reviews independent of each other and do not read the others until they are going to be posted. So there may be some repeated themes/ideas in our reviews.
Working grave shift its surprising how few times I actually go out for breakfast, mainly because I usually am more in the mood for food people normally eat for lunch or dinner but options for those at 9am in the southern suburbs is very limited and it does feel a little weird sitting in the White Castle drive through that early. Don’t get me wrong I love breakfast food, if for nothing else it brings back childhood memories of Sunday mornings when my mom would make a big family breakfast, oh and there is sausage and bacon, lots and lots of meat candy known as bacon.
We started with Jensen’s Café Caramel Roll, this was warm, super tasty and really, really big. This was so good it may even rival the caramel roll from Tobies in Hinckley for best in the state. I also got a large orange juice that was so fresh tasting I don’t doubt one bit when they say fresh squeezed that morning and for $3.45 a glass it had better be.
I went with the Stuffed French Toast Combo; they use thick-cut Vienna French bread and stuff it with a triple berry and cream cheese mixture. This is a sweet breakfast but not overly so; the tartness of the berries cut some of the sweetness of the cream cheese making it somewhat balanced almost like a cream cheese Danish. This also came with two eggs (scrambled) which were fine, Café potatoes (potato chunks and onions fried up crispy, just like I like them) and a couple pieces of some excellent bacon. I would order this again but I would probably get the normal French toast instead of the stuffed.
Jensen’s café is a great breakfast place but you are going to pay a little more than going to the chains around here but it is well worth it in my opinion.