Hot Cakes

Pancakes, flannel cakes, flapjacks: It matters only that they're served up by a real diner using real ingredients

Other sweet breakfast items include French toast made with baguettes and classic silver dollar pancakes. It's a great way to start the day of before a shopping expedition through Uptown, bowling with the kiddies, or an early movie screening.

Breakfast is served daily from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


How sweet it is: Laura douses pancakes in syrupy goodness at Maria's Café
Michael Dvorak
How sweet it is: Laura douses pancakes in syrupy goodness at Maria's Café

Location Info


Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: University

Maria's Cafe

1113 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Highland Grill & Cafe

771 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Highland Park

Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

810 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

Grandview Grille

1818 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Category: Restaurant > Diner

Region: Macalester/Groveland

729 S. 10th St., Minneapolis

With six counter seats and four small tables, the Band Box Diner is a cozy, historical haunt located in Minneapolis's Elliott Park neighborhood. Although it has gone through some shifts and shuffles throughout the years, both owner- and quality-wise, recent years have been great, and right now the diner serves up food the old-fashioned way: affordable, filling, and straight-up good. In spectacular diner tradition, Band Box Diner's pancakes are made griddle hot and served golden with the perfect crunchy/chewy/salty give-and-take.

These are pancakes that can stand alone--no need to drown them in maple syrup. The wonderfully crisp strawberry short stack is two plate-sized cakes topped with fresh, sliced fruit, powdered sugar, and a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Band Box Diner is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


1818 Grand Ave., St. Paul

Thanks to a varied clientele--hungover college students, senior citizens, and after-church brunching families, this diner is always hopping on weekends. Pancakes, made fresh daily from scratch, are of plate-smothering proportions. They're served up light and fluffy, with blueberry or maple syrup. And, although one or two should be plenty for the average-size stomach, the genuinely famished can order up to three.

All waffles, French toast, and pancakes can be served Zydeco style--topped with blueberries, walnuts, fresh bananas, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Another popular sweet dish is the sourdough French toast--three thick slices dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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