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8th Street Grill

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

We stopped here for breakfast this morning by default.  We wanted to go to Keys Cafe but, since the Vikings were playing at home, the line was out the door with hungry fans.  We then decided to try to go to Hell’s Kitchen, but there was also a ridiculous wait.  As we were walking back to the car, we passed by 8th Street Grill, which was offering a breakfast buffet.  SInce we were both hungry and were craving breakfast food, we decided to stop.

The food was okay. Nothing special, really.  It reminded us both of the food we used to get in The Caf at St. Olaf.  Guess we’ve learned our lesson – no going down town on a Sunday morning before a Vikings game!

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Blarney’s Pub & Grill

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

We tried to go to Al’s Breakfast this morning but, since we didn’t get there as the doors were opening, the line was out the door.  It was disappointing, but we headed across the street to Blarney’s Pub & Grill, which also serves breakfast.  My dad has told us he’d been there before, many many years ago, so we thought we’d give it a try.

I had the “Classic Breakfast” (scrambled eggs, hash-browns, toast, and sausage) and Andrew had the “Hungry Irishman’s Breakfast” (Irish bangers sausage and rashers, two over easy eggs served on top of mashed potatoes with toast).   I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t have the pancakes I was craving and the hash-browns were not good at all, but the rest of the food was.  While I don’t think we’ll go there frequently, it was nice to try a new breakfast place.

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Al’s Breakfast

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

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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The Spot Cafe

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We went to Andrew’s cousin Derek’s wedding yesterday. This morning, before heading home, we stopped at one of the only breakfast places in Staples for a well balanced meal.

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