Lemon ricotta pancakes at Hell’s Kitchen or the Taco Omelet at Uncle Louis is an adventurous way to start your morning, but if you are looking for something simple and approachable in Duluth, the New London Cafe has it. Located on Superior Street in Lakeside (east of downtown), the New London Cafe is a quaint spot where you can get a straightforward American breakfast at an affordable price: bacon, eggs, french toast, and coffee for under 10 bucks.
The New London Cafe doesn’t claim to have anything local or sustainable, but the menu makes local references like Gitchee Gummee Belgian Waffle Platter ($7), Seven Bridges Omelets, and Greysolon Egg Combos. The Hawk Ridge Fritter French Toast Platter ($7.50) comes with bacon and two eggs cooked to order. The bacon is crispy, the eggs are lightly salted, and the French toast is thick, but still moist, making for a balanced breakfast. Alakef Coffee ($1.45), roasted in Duluth, is also served as drip coffee or from a full espresso bar.
The bakery case displays cinnamon rolls and scones that are made in house, plus pies from Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors. Carl Ehlenz, the owner of Betty’s Pies, also owns the New London, which gives him the opportunity to make his pies available to customers in Duluth who don’t want to make the trip all the way up to Two Harbors.
The New London Cafe doesn’t try to break the breakfast mold or expand your taste buds. The menu is simple, the atmosphere is cozy, the bill is cheap, and they have Betty’s Pies.
4721 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55804
OWNER: Carl Ehlenz
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Very Little
ENTREE RANGE: $5-10