BEST DINER Minneapolis 2005 - Bonnie's Cafe
To find good diner-eats, follow the men in Carhart jackets. No demographic, save perhaps the men in blue, are better equipped to sniff out the best all-day breakfasts and grilled lunches than these industrial-coat-wearing gents. They frequent Bonnie's Cafe for fast, hot morning meals that stick to your ribs and keep you warm until at least mid-morning. At Bonnie's the hotcakes are still called hotcakes, the hash browns are plentiful and greasy, coffee comes by the pot, and the servers are quick and efficient and then leave you alone. Menus are available, but it's easier to choose from the options hand-written on poster boards lining the mint-green walls. The "Your Choice: Pick Any Two" ($5.09) offers options of French toast, hotcakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and hash browns. Bonnie's opens before the sun comes up and closes before rush hour, so plan accordingly. A sign taped above each booth dictates Bonnie's busiest time: "Minimum 2 people per booth 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m."