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Al’s Breakfast

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

In Minneapolis, there’s an area just to the North of the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus called Dinkytown.  The origin of the name remains something of a mystery, but that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about Al’s Breakfast.

Andrew & I stopped there for breakfast this morning.  Al’s is a little diner that serves a very diverse clientele.  When I say little, I mean 14 seats in the whole place.  There’s just enough space for coats, a line of people waiting and the stools for the people eating.  Al’s is not a place for the claustrophobic.

Al's Breakfast by you.

Inside, the air is full of the aromas of the food being cooked.  There are two grilles.  The one in front handles pancakes, waffles, hash browns, hash, and poached eggs.  The back grille handles the omelets.  The food is excellent.  I had a buttermilk pancake, hashbrowns, and a scrambled egg.  Andrew had 2 orders of Eggs Benedict with a side of hashbrowns.   Both were amazing.

If you don’t get there right when the door opens at 6am (9am on Sundays), you will likely have to wait for a seat.  (We got there around 9 today and had to wait a solid 45 minutes for a seat.)  But, despite the early hour, it is completely worth it. There is something really enjoyable about starting off the day with a nice, big breakfast.

The above photo is from my very first trip to Al’s. Please ignore the obvious sleep in my eyes – it was 6:30 in the morning!

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