On the advice of a friend, I took my two sons to breakfast at Jensen’s Cafe in Burnsville MN this morning. The small parking lot on the west side of the restaurant was full so we headed to the nearby parking ramp. While we searched for a spot to park, my son remarked ‘look at all these cars, are they all here to eat breakfast at Jensen’s?’
‘I think so, I don’t know of anything else open on a Sunday morning,’ I said. The ramp was half full.
Jensen’s Cafe is on the first floor of the Grande Market Square Building in the Burnsville Heart of the City development. Upon entering the building, couples and families milled about the hallway, a professional masseuse worked someone’s back, and sandwich board read ‘Real Norwegians Eat Lutefisk.’ We worked our way through the crowd to the entrance of the cafe where the host informed us we’d have a 35 minute wait. The boys were disappointed but we decided to stick it out.
We walked down the hall to the Ficus and Fig Gift Shop. Silver Bells played over the store speakers. Sparkling displays of Christmas ornaments shined. The store was filled with customers and three people worked the counter when one of them announced ‘time for the door drawing’ in a voice loud enough to startle my 9 year old. A line formed making last minute entries.
On the far side was another exit. Just outside the exit a young woman manned a table giving away fresh lemonade, cream puffs, sweet rolls, and other treats. My sons enjoyed a few of the delights which helped pass the time.
In the hallway TVs on the walls ran the the local news, where we discovered that it is supposed to snow 6-12″ tomorrow, Ugh!
We sat in front of a kids area where toddlers played with blocks as their families waited nearby.
After about 40 minutes they called my name.
I ordered coffee which was standard American fare. My boys had Orange Juice and Cranberry juice which they described as ‘Sweet.”
I had the Fiesta Ome-Alot. It was fresh and spicy. The peppers crunched and tasted as if they were cut fresh and added to the omelet that day. The Chipotle cream and chili sauce gave it a full Tex-Mex zing. It was the perfect amount of food for me. It came with a side of toast and potatoes. I left the potatoes but the smell of the wheat toast eventually lured me into taking just one bite and that bite led to another, so I eventually devoured the whole thing. I’d give my breakfast 8 on a scale of 1-10.
My 12 year old ordered 3 pieces of Peaches N’ Cream French Toast. We should have stuck with 2 pieces as these pieces of French Toast are huge. He ate 2 of them and we brought the 3rd home in a box. He said it tasted so good he wanted to keep eating the whole thing but he knew if he did he would have felt sick. My son described it as ‘large.’ He gave it an 8 out of 10.
My 9 Year Old had JULIANNA‛S APPLES & CAKES off the kids menu. He loved it and ate all the cinnimon apples but only half the pancakes. He gave it a 10 out of 10.
Service was good and we left over 20% for the tip, so the total bill came to about $40.00 for the 3 of us.
I recommend Jensen’s Cafe and overall it was worth the wait. We plan to return once a month, but we will probably choose to visit on Saturdays hoping to avoid the long wait.