Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley

Thinking about pulling up to a table at the Good Day Cafe on a Sunday morning? You better set your alarm if you’d like to eat promptly. At 8:45am on a recent Sunday, the cheery country dining room was already filled with hungry west metro residents, but a party of three could still be seated without delay. A mere 15 minutes later, the number of people hanging around the large waiting area multiplied rapidly, giving diners jealous stares as they tucked into their plates of omelets, pancakes and french toast. Lucky bastards.

But once you become one of those lucky bastards, it’s easy to see why everyone else is giving you the stink-eye. They have grumbling stomachs while you’re devouring an apple souffle pancake, a sticky-sweet plate full of luscious fruit. It’s big enough to share, but chances are you won’t. Or you’re enjoying one of the French or souffle omelets packed with potatoes and leeks. Think Perkins, but 10 times more creative and 100 times better. If you’re a fan of Yum! Kitchen and Bakery, you’ll definitely appreciate Good Day Cafe’s gourmet-yet-still-grounded approach to breakfast cuisine.

Though Good Day Cafe’s concepts are wonderful, execution doesn’t always come off perfectly. A fried egg sandwich with onions, avocado and tomato (and ham, if you choose) on grilled brioche was tasty, but imagine how much tastier it will be in August when the tomato is in season. The beignets, a New Orleans fried-dough treat that speaks loudly to Minnesotans’ love for all things deep-fried, were warm and yeasty, but the classic powdered-sugar topping was replaced with granulated sugar. Granted, those who’ve never eaten Cafe du Monde’s famous beignets would probably never know the difference, but beignet aficionados sure do.

Good Day Cafe isn’t just for breakfast. At lunch you can find salads and sandwiches, such as Reubens, and there’s also a coffee bar that serves up drinks in the big mugs reminiscent of the Friends era. But truth be told, you’re going to be there for breakfast. And remember — the early bird gets the best beignets.

Good Day Cafe

Diner / cafe in Golden Valley
5410 Wayzata Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416

OWNER: David Webb
Mon-Sat 6:30-11 am (breakfast) and 11am-3pm (lunch)
Sun 6:30 am-3 pm (breakfast)
No, but guests can call ahead before arriving to get on the waiting list

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Jill Lewis

The great-granddaughter of an Eastern European Jewish baker, Jill Lewis cannot escape her genetic predisposition to carbs. Her love of baked goods, wine, cheese and chocolate may not come in handy for her day job as a Twin Cities PR professional, but it proves infinitely helpful for her gigs as a contributing writer for The Heavy Table and the co-author of the Cheese and Champagne blog. A former resident of Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and suburban Washington, D.C., Jill now lives with her husband, two young sons and cat in St. Louis Park.

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  1. Beignets with granulated sugar? How tragic. I was all excited until I hit that part. maybe I’ll sneak my own powdered-sugar in.

  2. This is as perfect as a diner can be. Even the chicken soup is amazing. Now that they’re open for dinner, they’re my favorite for three meals out of three.

  3. doug dibblee 12/16/2010

    Do you have gift certificates?

  4. Colleen 12/28/2011

    We have always had great meals here, especially breakfast. Someone should tell the chef that a croque madam has two eggs served on top, what they are offering in a croque Monsieur. I was looking forward to a Madam but was informed there were no eggs on it.

  5. Nicole Anthony 03/30/2013

    Hello! Thank you very much for the great article. I am the webmaster for Good Day Cafe and would really appreciate it if you would add a link to the Good Day Cafe website — I am sure the owners would appreciate it as well! The website’s URL is If you can do this I would be happy to mention in a blog post. Also, do you guys allow guest posting? I would be interested in exchanging guest posts.