Something warms my heart about Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.

Memories of a Galentine’s Day dinner with a friend. Tucking away for apps before a late-night movie. Laughing loudly during breakfast over a true crime podcast.

My latest jaunt was for Saturday brunch, when he and I both honed in on the crab cake Benedict. I’m a fan of crab cakes any ol’ day, and when they’re covered in lemon-basil hollandaise, yes please.

Poached eggs and tomato rested on scrumptious jumbo lump crab cakes. It was all covered in the creamy and mildly lemon hollandaise, with fragrant basil. The brioche from Lake Superior Bakehouse — crusty and perfectly sweet with light toasted marks on the edges — made me momentarily rethink my gluten-free life choices.

Eggs Benedict is traditionally served with Canadian bacon or sliced ham. Zeitgeist has that, too, along with smoked salmon hash, shrimp and grits, a falafel plate.

Zeitgeist’s brunch menu ranks high for GF and VG options. And for $15, the crab cake Benedict comes with your choice of rosti potatoes, arugula salad or pommes frites (Belgian-style fries). I went for the arugula salad, a light and zingy contrast to the hearty and warming entree.

We sat on the second floor, sun filtering in from the huge windows. Nearby sat an older couple, a full table of folks speaking a world language and a family of four, dad hand-feeding son.

All surely creating their own cozy memories of this local cafe.

Zeitgeist Arts Cafe

222 E. Superior St.