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IGGERS DIGEST | Weekend Chinese brunch at the Minneapolis Tea House
By Jeremy Iggers, Iggers Digest
July 17, 2014

The weekend buffet brunch at the Tea House, 2425 University Ave., Minneapolis is still pretty new, but word seems to have gotten out in the local Chinese community - we arrived around 1 p.m. last Saturday, and every table in the place was taken. But what we got was well worth the $13.50 price and the 10 minute wait. Tea House's weekend brunch is very different from the standard Chinese buffets (which are mostly pretty awful) or the dim sum brunches at places like Yangtze, Mandarin Kitchen and Pagoda in Dinkytown (which are pretty good).

Tea House's buffet consists of soups, snacks and entrees that you won't find at very many other Chinese restaurants in the Twin Cities, ranging from a rice congee with chicken, to jelly noodles, egg pancakes, steamed and fried dumplings, mapo tofu and more. The separate soup bar offers sweet and savory soups, including a rice congee with chicken, plus a variety of do-it-yourself toppings.

The weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The full regular menu is also available.

© 2014 Jeremy Iggers

Meizhou Festival

If you aren't planning a trip to China any time soon, your best hope for a really authentic Chinese dining experience is the Second American Dongpo Cuisine Festival, which runs through next Thursday, September 12 at the Tea House, 2450 University Ave., Minneapolis in Dinkytown. The event is presented in partnership with the Meizhou Dongpo restaurant group from China, which has brought over four chefs from its culinary team to prepare a special such as Dongpo Lion's head (steamed fish dumplings, $6) and beef with Coprinus (shaggy mane) mushrooms ($10), both recommended. Details at the Tea House website. If past experience is any guide, a few of the dishes from this festival are likely to make it onto the Tea House's regular menu after the festival ends.

Last Meizhou Culinary Festival:


Twin Cities Campus (Full Bar):

2425 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: (612) 331-8866
Dine-in Menu
Lunch Special Menu
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88 Nathan Lane
Plymouth, MN 55441
Tel: (763) 544-3422
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1676 Suburban Ave.
St.Paul, MN 55106
Tel: (651) 771-1790
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