Not too long ago, I was talking to my dear friend Jacque and we decided that it had been much too long since we last saw one another. Seeing as we live so far apart, we decided to find a midway spot and she suggested Red Cow in Minneapolis. I had never heard of this fine establishment but was more than happy to explore a new place.
Upon arrival, the parking lot is VERY small. I ended up across the street actually, figured it was too early for the pizza place to care if I parked in their lot. I was greeted by a friendly young lady and I told her I was here to meet my friend and she says “right this way” and took me to the table Jacque had gotten just before my arrival. The vibe in the Red Cow is very inviting, there were couples, singles, families, a wide variety of patrons enjoying the fare. Since I was there for a brunch time of day, I couldn’t resist trying something for breakfast. After looking over the options, I decided to go kind of old school and get the Classic (Eggs Benedict), with an extra side of hollandaise of course. Jacque ordered the Red Velvet baby cake while we both each had a Mimosa.
The dishes arrived rather quickly and looked just wonderful. Now, there are two types of hollandaise; homemade and from a can. I have had hollandaise from a can that were both very good and very, very bad. But the hollandaise from Red Cow was NOT from a can and was quite frankly one of the better hollandaise I have ever had. It was smooth, very creamy and I had difficulty not just picking up the little bowl that the extra had come in and just licking out every last drop. What I’m trying to say is that it was pretty damn good! The eggs were poached very well and were very fresh, still steaming and ready for a tiny dash of salt. The ham used was super tasty and flavorful, paired with the English muffin, it really was a terrific meat source for this classic dish. There were seasonal fruits that came with it as well and were very fine. Jacque’s red velvet pancakes looked terrific and she had said several times how much she was enjoying them. So naturally I had to try them not only for curiosity sake, but so I could tell you how I felt. So, with that being said, I thought they were… OK. The red velvet pancake itself was terrific, having red velvet in that form was exceptionally tasty. The peanut butter-cream cheese frosting was mediocre, but I’m not a super big fan of peanut butter, so I’m a little biased. And the bacon-maple syrup was quite frankly kind of gross, but again, just my personal preference. HOWEVER, if you took a bit of the red velvet cake, with the frosting then dipped into the syrup all combined into a single bit, it actually all played together surprisingly well.
Here are some snaps captured by Jacque while we ate and chatted. Be sure to follow her many sources and visit her page too! If you all ask nicely, maybe she’ll even write a guest post right here on If I Gotta Get Up!
Red Cow Minneapolis – Fulton
3624 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55410