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The 9 Best Breakfast Spots in the Twin Cities

Published On 04/01/2015 Published On 04/01/2015
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1. Mickey's Diner 36 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

If you’re like us, you often feel like eating breakfast in a place that’s good enough for the Mighty Ducks. Fortunately for all involved parties, we’ve got the legendary diner from one of the best films of the 1990s right here in our own backyard, and they server a platter of farm fresh eggs fried in butter, a generous portion of your favorite breakfast meat, hash browns, and toast.

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2. Uptown Diner 2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

This converted spot boasts everything from big ass breakfast burritos to spicy to Cajun-style breakfast scrambles to great bugers.

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3. The Buttered Tin 237 7th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

A buzzy corner cafe in St. Paul, the Buttered Tin is as warm as its name evokes, serving up popular brunch plates like huevos rancheros Benedict and biscuits & gravy, plus savory sandwiches like a beef short rib Reuben. The true stars at this sunny spot are the desserts though, which are available to-go at the bakery counter. We're talking cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and the Buttered Tin's take on a classic Twinkie.

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4. Cook St. Paul 1124 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130 (Payne Phalen)

The folks at Cook in Payne-Phalen are whipping up hearty American breakfasts (though you'll find some Korean influence on the menu as well) featuring locally sourced and scratch-made specialties, like bread-pudding French toast with a caramel banana sauce, short rib Benedict, and a good ol' fashioned plate of eggs, toast, and hash browns. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional diner-style breakfast or a straightforward lunch, Cook has you covered. Asian inspiration can be found in plates like Korean-style pancakes (ground yellow beans mixed with spicy sausage, spicy cabbage, and bean sprouts) and the Seoul Cubano sandwich (short ribs with Korean pepper flakes, spam, pickled Korean peppers, gruyere, dill pickles, and spicy mustard on grilled and pressed house bread).

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5. Colossal Cafe St. Paul 2325 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN 55407 (Saint Anthony Park)

This uptown breakfast spot is famous for their from-scratch made menu, including signature dishes like the yeasty pancakes known as "flappers" and the local favorite meatloaf sandwich. Using only fresh, local ingredients, Colossal Cafe serves up American comfort food on their homemade breads and rolls. The original Minneapolis location remains in the tiny cottage where it began, so seating is hard to come by. But with two other locations in the St. Paul area, there's now more than enough Colossal Cafe to go around.

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6. Victor's 1959 Café 3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (Southwest)

Rethink your typical brunch routine by heading to this compact Cuban cafe in Southwest Minneapolis, where signatures and doodles from customers cover the walls and booths, a clear display of the huge fan-base Victor's has amassed through specialties like banana pancakes, eggs Havana, and ropa vieja. Get ready for a wait for this colorful spot, which stays lively from morning to night. It's well worth it once you get your hands on some wild-rice & banana porridge or the Cuban sandwich with locally smoked honey ham, slow-roasted pulled pork, and Swiss cheese on freshly pressed Cuban bread.

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7. Tiny Diner 1024 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tiny Diner is not, in fact, a literal, miniature diner, but a small restaurant in Powderhorn Park that's all about sustainability, from the way it sources its food to the way the restaurant itself is built. Using mostly its own garden to grow its ingredients, this spot provides the freshest fare possible in the form of all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Aim for a patio spot when you come here so you can admire the view of the garden out back while you polish off your country scramble or scallops.

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8. Our Kitchen 813 W 36th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Simple breakfast just doesn’t come any better than this. We’re talking about all of your favorite diner staples like steak and eggs, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. But the real stand out on the menu is the hash browns, perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Also serving lunch (and some pretty good burgers) this casual corner diner serves up the comfort and familiarity you want in a neighborhood breakfast spot. A seat at the counter is best, so you can watch your food being cooked, but with the limited seating space and popularity of Our Kitchen, there will probably be a wait for any seat at all.

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9. Al's Breakfast 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (University)

Come early to this 10-ft wide Dinkytown diner to grab one of the 14 stools, but the huge bacon waffle, with chunks of salty porcine goodness baked into the fluffy waffle, is worth the wait.

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