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Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005 (University / Dinkytown)
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Ranked #44 of 1,588 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

....I wouldn't say it's worth the wait. Or the crabby "hostess". Or the folks waiting in line watching you eat. There is a great menu. And reasonable prices. Bottom line, there's plenty of good breakfast around without the hassle. And her attitude isn't charming.

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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

in the cramped space, you line up along the wall and wait your turn in a regimented way. But when you sit down, (30 min later for me on a weekday at 8 a.m.) you get an amazing, flavorful concoction. My pancakes were a bit gummy buy my eggs were delicious. And they are very friendly.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Al's Breakfast... If you're a U of M alum, you already know about this little jewel in Dinkytown. I came back after 25 years and found that it is still one of the best breakfasts EVER! My wife (not a Gopher) was also impressed. She said that it was the best omelette of her life.

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101 reviews 101 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Soooo, you've read that you must go to Al's....so why not! Go ahead and have the pleasant experience of an itsy bitsy place to eat, with great food and a crazy loud staff behind the counter and folks to meet all around.Yes the Eggs Benedict Hollandaise sauce is smooth and lemony and wonderful and the hash browns crispy and yummy.... More

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Blaine, Minnesota, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The food is average. Better than commercial spots like Denny's worse than a lot of other small diners.. they know how to cook all the food and you'll get a plate full of flavorful stuff. It just wont be anything above average. They sure do stay packed though and the experience is interesting. It isn't spectacular but I still recommend... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

As a student at the U, I'd heard a lot about Al's but never tried it. Then, at 6 a.m. one Saturday morning, I found my way to this adorable, tiny restaurant and had some pancakes. The atmosphere was great and at that hour, we didn't have to wait. The food was also really good, and I am definitely planning... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

So, so tiny with only 14 stools at a counter. The people working there were outgoing and friendly. Our eggs benedict had a great homemade hollandaise. It was charming.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place is very small, only room for 13 people. We went early on a Friday and the wait was not too bad about 20 minutes, when it was our turn the three seats that were open were not together so the server just asked people to pick up their plates and slide over. Our food was served nice and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband and I visited this restaurant because we watched it on Diners Drive ins and Dives. It is a quaint place in the University of Minnesota district. The food was cooked fresh and was very good. They can only serve 13 at a time so be prepared to wait a little. The service is fast. Well worth the wait.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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93 reviews 93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Both my boys went to the U of M so we shared a breakfast or two over here. Great experience to just get it under your belt. It's a tight squeeze, you stand behind the folks eating at the breakfast bar, wait for a seat to open and snuggle in for some eggs. Worth the wait as I LOVE diner... More

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Additional Information about Al's Breakfast

Address: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005
Phone Number: 612-331-9991
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > University / Dinkytown
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 1:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner

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