This is a harbinger of great things to come. A hot, fresh egg sandwich, eaten by the sailboat moorings on Lake Harriet in the spring sunshine — a start like that can only lead to a fantastic Minnesota day.
And, for those who look forward to the opening of the Lake Harriet refectory as the beginning of the picnic and concert season, this year is promising to be even better than usual. Bread & Pickle opened a little less than a week ago, replacing an undistinguished popcorn-ice cream-hot dog establishment that mostly had nostalgia going for it.
Kim Bartmann, the force behind Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Red Stag (and now Bread & Pickle and the soon-to-come Pat’s Tap and Humble Pie, in the old Gigi’s spot), has gotten the tiny refectory kitchen ready to turn out fresh sandwiches, burgers, picnic fixings, and — most important to the dedicated lake walkers — breakfast.
Starting at 7am daily, the breakfast menu includes sandwiches, granola, scones, and muffins. The Organic Egg & Cheddar Sandwich ($4) is simple and nearly perfect: an English muffin, sharp white cheddar, and an overeasy egg with a fat, golden yolk, all dripping with butter — local, of course. (Perhaps best eaten after jogging or walking the 2.75 miles around the lake.)
Get a Crack Press coffee with cold press and sweetened condensed milk ($5), a Barbette favorite, open your laptop (yep, there’s wifi) and linger by the sailboats. You only have about 166 more chances until the season’s over — and you’re not going to want to miss a single one.
Bread & Pickle
Refectory at Lake Harriet
4136 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55410
OWNER: Kim Bartmann
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED?: No / No
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Yes
ENTREE RANGE: $4-9