A few weekends back, Selma and I set out on our annual trip to the wonderland that is Ikea. By now, everyone has probably heard of Ikea. They are best known for their inexpensive/easy to assemble furniture and their Swedish meatballs. However, most people’s goal is to make it through the massive showroom looking for their Malm bed and Arstid lamp without getting trampled to death so it’s not surprising that the majority of people skip out on Ikea’s Restaurant. But if you are a true Ikea fan, you know that Ikea’s Swedish restaurant is where the real value and magic happens.
Our day started promptly at 9:30am on a Saturday morning waiting for the store to open. Why were we at Ikea at 9:30am on a Saturday morning you ask? 99¢ Breakfast. Enough said.
For 99¢, you get all of this. Sure, it may not look like much. But when is the last time you had breakfast for 99¢?
And of top of all that, you get FREE coffee!
We also opted for the 99¢ cinnamon bun as well because we just couldn’t resist. That brought us to a grand total of $3.12 for breakfast, including tax, for two people. Win. They also have other breakfast options like lox and crepes but we stuck with the basics.
After getting all of our shopping out of the way, we obviously returned for lunch. Now lunch is a whole different animal. They have a ton more options to choose from and they change often. The pictures below show only a handful of their wide variety of cakes, salads, and entrees.
And if you’re a savage and need to feed a small army, they have these awesome little tray carts for you to carry all of your food.
As you may have guessed, I went with my usual Köttbullar platter with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce.
And Selma got the salmon, veggie cakes, and steamed veggies. Why they had both veggie cakes and steamed vegetables is beyond me.
All in all, the food is pretty awesome for a store that specializes in furniture and home goods. The meatballs are a must and their other prepared options are not half bad. They also have 50¢ hot dogs and fresh baked cinnamon buns right next to the checkout line if you didn’t get enough meatballs in the cafeteria. So the next time you’re at Ikea and craving some delicious Swedish cooking, I would highly recommend checking out their restaurant. And don’t forget your Ikea family card that gets you free coffee all day every day!