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Best Diner

Cook St. Paul

Less than one year ago, Eddie Wu and his former business partner took over a 67-year-old all-American diner on Payne Avenue. Other than a fresh coat of paint and menu revisions including Wu's take on a few Korean-inspired dishes, the place remains that neighborhood institution. Standout winners for breakfast include short ribs Benedict and the French cake stack topped with Duroc bacon, eggs, and bread pudding. Or try the local favorite: Korean pancakes made with yellow beans, sausage, spicy cabbage, and bean sprouts served with poached eggs. But first, order the Bi Bim Bop, delivered in a large serving bowl with a colorful presentation of crispy rice balls under a bed of chopped romaine hearts and a variety of Korean-flavored seasonal vegetables (including Cook's house-made kimchi), topped with a poached egg. Be sure to request Wu's own Korean-recipe condiment to streak over any savory dish on the menu. But beware: The special sauce packs more heat than a delicate Minnesota palate might comfortably endure. Game on.

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