821 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540244.974818 -93.272295
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown West
DO NOT RECOMMEND!!! I've eaten at Key's on Lexington Avenue twice. The first time I ordered meatloaf. It was full of filler, tasteless and the absolute worst meatloaf I've ever had. The second and LAST time was today. I ordered a buttermilk pancake with blueberries and sausage patties. The pancake arrived with a handful of blueberries thrown on top. I've ordered many a blueberry pancake before at other restaurants and usually the blueberries arrive warm and like a sauce. These cold blueberries just rolled off. The pancake was very thin especially around the edge and lacked any flavor whatsoever. The only thing edible was the sausage. My price for this horrible breakfast - $5.95 for the pancake, $2.95 for the blueberries and $2.25 for the sausage for a total of $11.15. I was actually overcharged for the pancake. It should have been $4.00. OVERPRICED and TERRIBLE food.
LOVE IT! – Although I dined when there was about 8 max other people in the whole restaurant, I ordered Eggs Benedict. Not only was it DELICIOUS (and i have high standard for eggs benny) but it literally came out in 3 minutes!!!! And the quality was suberb! My server was Mel and she was great, it seemed the staff had a sense of urgency and knowledge which is what makes a good restaurant. I've heard great things about Keys Cafe and I finally got to try it out myself and will help spread the word that this place is great! Decor is nice, seating is comfortable, its just a wonderful place to take anyone for a meal. Plus they serve breakfast all day!!!!
Minneapolis chain serving lumberjack platters of home-style Midwestern food since 1973. – In Short
Nothing fancy, just lots of it (there must be three potatoes in a plate of American fries). A perennial staple of local "best breakfast" lists, Keys slings hash (roast beef or sausage), steak and eggs, omelets and pancakes (blueberry-bran, raisin-pecan). Besides breakfast, Keys serves burgers, hot and cold sandwiches and motherly comforts such as turkey and meat loaf. In case you want something sweet, the bakery turns out mammoth cookies, pies, caramel rolls and cakes.
Simply The Best – Keys is simply the best. The breakfasts. the omelettes. the burgers, the homeade soups, the desserts. You simply cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The downtown location on 9th and Marquette in the revamped Foshay tower is my favorite location. The newest, shiniest and best servers. The win best breakfast every year running. No wonder why!
A Bit Overrated – Key's has decent food, but it is a bit overrated and somewhat overpriced. You do get huge servings, but the quality is hit-or-miss.
Great breakfast – In my opinion, Keys serves the best eggs benedict in town. Cinnamon roll was tasty and huge -- easily split by our party of three. Great service and atmosphere too. We will definitely go again.
Overrated! – Keys is so overrated. It is not even close to being the beast breakfast in the Cities. I would go to Al's, SunnySide Up, Egg & I, Sweet Lorraine's, or Our Kitchen way before Keys. The Keys in St. Paul is small and the service is almost always bad. It seems like they hired waitresses who hate to get out of bed and hate breakfast even more. The last few times I have gone have been worse than the time before, so I am afraid to go again, and in fact, the only way I am going is if I am forced. However, I do like all the autographed pictures on the wall.
Homestyle good eats! – Keys has amazing food in HUGE portions. I could live off the Farmers Omlet alone. It's way too much for one sitting, but it makes and excellent breakfast AND lunch! and they have by far the BEST Chicken Ceasar Salad in town. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone looking for a good, inexpensive, home cooked meal!
One of our all-time favorites! – Yes, the portions are huge (I think the banana-pecan pancake falls over the side of the large plate!), but the food is just as delicious as it is generously served. Good coffee, too. It's fun to walk over from the Radisson on deserted Sunday morning streets for a great breakfast at Keys Cafe.
Keys is the Place! – Breakfast 2/8/2004. An independent effort downtown that uses good quality and large portions as its backbone. While the rest of the downtown area sleeps on a Sunday morning Keys quickly fills up and caters to those who are in the know. Highly recommended.
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