I can't seem to find the time to write up a full report of my trip to the Twin Cities, but I wanted to at least take a minute to thank everyone for the awesome suggestions and give you a list of where I ate (and got coffee):
Tavern on Grand
Everything was amazing. I think if I had to pick favorites it would be Al's Breakfast and Tanpopo. But i don't think I ate anything that wasn't at least very good the whole time I was there. I also am in love with Kowalski's (and bought piles of Pearson's candies there!).
Thanks again for all the great recommendations and I'll fill in details as soon as I possibly can.