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Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 | University | 612-331-9991

Location Description:

There might be a million joints that flip flapjacks in this town, but you're not truly a Minneapolitan until you've eaten the ones at Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown. Crammed into a former alleyway, the 10-foot wide, 14-stool diner has become a local institution in the past 50-plus years. Regulars know the drill: Queue up behind the seated diners as you wait for an empty stool, and be prepared to shift seats to group freed seats together for new parties. For all the hassle, diners are rewarded with cheap, tasty eats, including eggs-any-way, hash browns, and delightfully fluffy buttermilk pancakes that nearly fill the plate.

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  • Cuisine(s): Breakfast, Diner
  • Hours: Sun 9am-1pm, Mon-Sat 6am-1pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Breakfast
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Necessary
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: cash
  • Attire: casual
  • Features: Kid Friendly

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    Our hometown favorite flapjack, those plate-size, buttermilk beauts from Al's Breakfast--one of our 100 Favorite Dishes and last year's Best Pancakes winner--just got some big props from...
  • The Hot Dish: Things To Do
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