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Date/Time: 12/16/2019 03:34AM
Breakfast in Ely

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lskidder 06/14/2019 10:29AM
For decades, Vertin's was the place. It's location is something totally different now.
kajsa 06/13/2019 11:15PM
HowardSprague: "Agree with everyone, Britton's is a great breakfast place. Their coffee is a good brand - same as they provide in the VNO bunkhouse, I made some there and it was fantastic - except Britton's must use double the amount of water they should. So it comes out weak.



As another option, Insula opens at 7:30 (except Mondays, I think). I went to Britton's on a Sunday morning back in October and they were closed. So I asked a local friend about Insula, wound up going there and had a fantastic, filling breakfast with pretty good coffee and a nice atmosphere.
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+1 for Insula if you've got party members with gluten problems. My husband's got Celiac disease, and he was able to get a hot breakfast without worrying about it making him sick. The rest of us enjoyed our meals as well.
billconner 05/30/2019 07:05PM
PapaBear1975: "So I followed everyone's suggestion and went to Britton's. I am now a Britton's JUNKIE....so much I ate there twice while I was in the area. I ate there Friday morning before heading in.....the pancakes are "uncle buck" sized...I had to peer back into the kitchen to make sure the cook wasn't using a snow shovel to flip them!!! Then I went back on Monday for brunchie munchies and had the stuffed hashbrowns...they really should hand out white flags when serving their food, my inner 25 year old was in competition with my outer 45 year old self...I was starting too look like cool hand luke after he ate 50 eggs, and I only finished half my plate, haha. I loved the atmosphere in that place and hearing all the Minnesotans chit chatting around me (in Minnesota-talk). I learned that Ely has townie bears that have been raiding bird feeders and running amok in town...and down here in Iowa we thought we had problems, haha. I'll definitely be adding Britton's to my "to do" list along with Ely Steakhouse, a stop at Zup's, a hike at Kawishiwi falls, and Sir G's Pizza as part of my repetoire on trips to the Boundary Waters! "


Next trip stop in for a beer at Zaveral's to complete the Ely experience.
PapaBear1975 05/30/2019 06:47PM
So I followed everyone's suggestion and went to Britton's. I am now a Britton's JUNKIE....so much I ate there twice while I was in the area. I ate there Friday morning before heading in.....the pancakes are "uncle buck" sized...I had to peer back into the kitchen to make sure the cook wasn't using a snow shovel to flip them!!! Then I went back on Monday for brunchie munchies and had the stuffed hashbrowns...they really should hand out white flags when serving their food, my inner 25 year old was in competition with my outer 45 year old self...I was starting too look like cool hand luke after he ate 50 eggs, and I only finished half my plate, haha. I loved the atmosphere in that place and hearing all the Minnesotans chit chatting around me (in Minnesota-talk). I learned that Ely has townie bears that have been raiding bird feeders and running amok in town...and down here in Iowa we thought we had problems, haha. I'll definitely be adding Britton's to my "to do" list along with Ely Steakhouse, a stop at Zup's, a hike at Kawishiwi falls, and Sir G's Pizza as part of my repetoire on trips to the Boundary Waters!
mirth 05/28/2019 12:58PM
MN_Lindsey: "The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"




Honestly, I drink my coffee black, and their coffee must have come a long way in the past 3 years because I've enjoyed it every time.



I'm a HUGE fan of their "hashbrown omlette" I'm not sure what it's called off the top of my head, but it's AMAZING!"



Ok, last time I was thru Ely was 2015 so I can hope the coffee has improved since then.


Stuffed hash browns are amazeballs!
JLJ 05/28/2019 11:55AM
Brittons is part of the trip routine! The breakfast will fuel you for a good while.
The Great Outdoors 05/28/2019 10:12AM
Heck, that's just an hors d'oeuvres!!!! :)
billconner 05/28/2019 06:39AM
MN_Lindsey: "The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"




Honestly, I drink my coffee black, and their coffee must have come a long way in the past 3 years because I've enjoyed it every time.



I'm a HUGE fan of their "hashbrown omlette" I'm not sure what it's called off the top of my head, but it's AMAZING!"



Stuffed hash browns? The entree that could feed a family of 4.
MN_Lindsey 05/27/2019 05:46PM
The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"



Honestly, I drink my coffee black, and their coffee must have come a long way in the past 3 years because I've enjoyed it every time.


I'm a HUGE fan of their "hashbrown omlette" I'm not sure what it's called off the top of my head, but it's AMAZING!
kickapooviking 05/27/2019 03:51PM
Britton's wait staff are friendly, and some really good to look at, especially after a few days out in the bush!
Plus there is a general good vibe among fellow paddlers.
Of course, in Ely, there are few breakfast options!
HowardSprague 05/17/2019 01:28PM
Agree with everyone, Britton's is a great breakfast place. Their coffee is a good brand - same as they provide in the VNO bunkhouse, I made some there and it was fantastic - except Britton's must use double the amount of water they should. So it comes out weak.


As another option, Insula opens at 7:30 (except Mondays, I think). I went to Britton's on a Sunday morning back in October and they were closed. So I asked a local friend about Insula, wound up going there and had a fantastic, filling breakfast with pretty good coffee and a nice atmosphere.
MossBack 05/16/2019 05:07PM
Love Brittons, buy a Brittons coffee cup , set on your deck at home and pretend you are headed out as soon as the wind lays.
analyzer 05/12/2019 11:37AM
Jaywalker: I'll bet they 86 you. :-). "


I take it you've worked in the restaurant industry.


I've always thought it's interesting, that they would name a furniture store...


"Dock 86"...


So uh, you're out of everything? lol.
nctry 05/11/2019 10:33AM
andym: "I'll keep that in mind. Of course, I don't play guitar. So, I'm safe."




Sure got stares when I brought my banjo though.
My new think for coffee is maple syrup... haha. I bring a little 4oz bottle everywhere.
TomT 05/10/2019 09:28PM
I've been going to Brittons most trips unless I can't get a table which has happened twice. In fall of 2016 I was solo and headed there after a 12 night Quetico trip. The only seat open was at the bar so I pulled in next to an old timer.


I had a great time as he told me stories of working in the nearby mine back in the day. I think he said he arrived in Ely when he was 17 and never left. His name is Milton if I remember. He stops by Brittons most every day for a cup of coffee and some chit chat. Well, he made my day.


andym 05/10/2019 08:38PM
I'll keep that in mind. Of course, I don't play guitar. So, I'm safe.
Jaywalker 05/10/2019 08:11PM
andym: "Jaywalker: "Interesting. Where to eat breakfast in Ely garners more agreement, near perfect unanimity, among members of this forum than any other topic ever discussed."



What if I ask about bringing my guitar to Brittons? Will we still be a happy, unanimous group?"

If you ask to play your guitar for the breakfast crowd, I'll bet they 86 you. So I guess the answer to your question is yes :-).
andym 05/10/2019 04:09PM
Jaywalker: "Interesting. Where to eat breakfast in Ely garners more agreement, near perfect unanimity, among members of this forum than any other topic ever discussed."


What if I ask about bringing my guitar to Brittons? Will we still be a happy, unanimous group?
Jaywalker 05/10/2019 12:32PM
Interesting. Where to eat breakfast in Ely garners more agreement, near perfect unanimity, among members of this forum than any other topic ever discussed.


I too love Brittons.
mirth 05/10/2019 11:39AM
The Great Outdoors: "K52: "The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"

If it's got cream & sugar, it isn't coffee."

I know, could never understand why they put that stuff (cream & sugar) in coffee. I prefer the kind that allows the spoon to stand straight up in the middle of the cup if left unattended!!!
Now that's coffee!!! :)"



Hey, last time I was in town when my outfitter heard we were going to Brittons on our way out of town they passed me some instant nescafe to add so the coffee wasn't so weak. Personally, I don't do cream but I'll take sugar if it's there. When I'm not camping I'm usually a tea drinker.


Just wanted to warn those who were interested, the place in town known for their huge and awesome breakfasts is usually lacking in the coffee department.
bwcasolo 05/08/2019 06:10PM
brittons, ate this this am, delisch!
The Great Outdoors 05/08/2019 10:43AM
K52: "The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"

If it's got cream & sugar, it isn't coffee."

I know, could never understand why they put that stuff (cream & sugar) in coffee. I prefer the kind that allows the spoon to stand straight up in the middle of the cup if left unattended!!!
Now that's coffee!!! :)
K52 05/08/2019 08:35AM
The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"

If it's got cream & sugar, it isn't coffee.
PapaBear1975 05/07/2019 11:25PM
The Great Outdoors: "mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)"



No worries......I use a french press when camping- the coffee I brew up would wake the dead. Most restaurants make weaker coffee for a wider audience, haha.
PapaBear1975 05/07/2019 11:22PM
old_salt: "If you really want something from Subway, get one the day before and keep in your cooler. No doubt you’ll pass several on the way."


One of my traditions on any hiking or canoe trip is to have a Subway sandwich for either lunch/dinner depending on when I head in. I'll probably pick one up the day before here at home, haul it up and have it for lunch while I'm out paddling to base camp.
PapaBear1975 05/07/2019 11:16PM
Thanks for the heads up- cash only. Opens at 6AM.....and they serve you a mountain of food....PERFECT!!!! In the old days back in the 80's and 90's we stopped at Hardees before heading out. I was a teenager back then and we (our scout troop) would buy a pile of biscuit sandwiches- what we didn't eat there was squirreled away and eaten as we paddled out to Basswood Lake that morning (we were teenagers with bottomless stomachs then). Coming out...we hit up Pizza Hut. It's sad both places are gone, but I now end my trip with a Bucky Burger at the Steakhouse.....now I gotta go see about these stuffed hash browns people are raving about, haha.
The Great Outdoors 05/07/2019 11:01PM
mirth: "+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful."
Oh man, another "coffee snob"!!!
Just order a Coke instead!!! Bwahahahahaha :)
DeanL 05/07/2019 09:05PM
Britton's for Our group as well.
Frenchy19 05/07/2019 03:26PM
Brittons
overthehill 05/07/2019 03:14PM
Brittons early. a 10+ year tradition here. Never went away hungry or dissatified!
Oldtown13 05/07/2019 02:03PM
Correct. Britton's!
BigCurrent 05/07/2019 01:26PM
Banksiana: "BigCurrent: "Northern Grounds has good breakfast. They open at 7:00. Quick service, quality food.

Britton's is good, but it's kind of a gut bomb and can result in a few "pit stops" along the way on your first travel day."

Northern Grounds is more coffee shop and bar than breakfast spot. They have decent coffee and baked goods, but not really a breakfast spot."

My bad, I meant to say Taste of Ely, sadly it sounds like they have closed. Bummer.
mirth 05/07/2019 12:53PM
+1 Brittons. Be advised, their coffee isn't so hot. Bring along some instant to pitch in with cream/sugar to make it useful.
TrailZen 05/07/2019 10:51AM
My first trip into BWCA/Q was in 1978 and from the Charles L Sommers Canoe Base on Moose Lake, so breakfast there... Every BWCA/Q trip from Ely since then began with breakfast at Britton's. And our return commute starts at Britton's, too.

TZ
The Great Outdoors 05/07/2019 10:07AM
ParkerMag: "MUCH lighter than Britton's, we've enjoyed a bite at A Taste of Ely in the morning."
A Taste of Ely is no longer with us, has closed.
WHendrix 05/07/2019 10:04AM
Agree on Brittons, but as I recall, they do not take credit cards. Not a complaint, just something to be aware of and plan for accordingly.
thlipsis29 05/07/2019 09:52AM
+1 for Britton's. Just beware of the attack waitress, lol.
ParkerMag 05/07/2019 09:49AM
MUCH lighter than Britton's, we've enjoyed a bite at A Taste of Ely in the morning.
Banksiana 05/07/2019 09:39AM
BigCurrent: "Northern Grounds has good breakfast. They open at 7:00. Quick service, quality food.

Britton's is good, but it's kind of a gut bomb and can result in a few "pit stops" along the way on your first travel day."

Northern Grounds is more coffee shop and bar than breakfast spot. They have decent coffee and baked goods, but not really a breakfast spot.
BigCurrent 05/07/2019 08:08AM
Northern Grounds has good breakfast. They open at 7:00. Quick service, quality food.

Britton's is good, but it's kind of a gut bomb and can result in a few "pit stops" along the way on your first travel day.
IowaFishinGuy 05/07/2019 07:40AM
Echoing everyone else... Britton’s. Did my first trip last year and was told to eat there. I'll guarantee you that I’ll eat there every time I’m in Ely.
AmarilloJim 05/07/2019 07:03AM

For me, there is only one place for breakfast in Ely... Britton's. They will start their summer hours this weekend, I think. Open at 5:30am.
old_salt 05/06/2019 10:41PM
If you really want something from Subway, get one the day before and keep in your cooler. No doubt you’ll pass several on the way.
gopher2307 05/06/2019 09:53PM
Brittons is, without question, the best place for breakfast where I've eaten. Plan my trips around that breakfast opportunity. Ground ham and cheese stuffed hashbrowns are fricken ridiculous.
walllee 05/06/2019 09:16PM
Brittons opens at 6 am, they serve one hell of a breakfast...
PapaBear1975 05/06/2019 08:32PM
I'll be burning the midnight oil to get to Ely, and "the plan" is to roll into town early, get breakfast before/after picking up the rental canoe. I checked subway....doesn't open until 9 am. By then I hope to be putting in at Lake One and underway. What is there in town where I can grab something to eat early in the morning?