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Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005 (University / Dinkytown)
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Ranked #19 of 1,579 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: University / Dinkytown
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89% Recommend
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Always mobbed by University students, locals and tourists (I think it was "discovered" on Diners, Dives and Drive ins), Al's is a classic. The freshest eggs, the best pancakes, and servers who don't miss a step even when orders are flying fast and furious. People waiting for one of the seats at the counter line up behind the counter pressed... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We heard about this place from Guy Fieri. Our timing was great as the line was short. When my husband joined us after fighting the parking battle, we had to go to the end of the line because you're not allowed to hold places in line. Frankly, that irritated me. All of the food looked good as we squeezed ourselves... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Our son who just graduated from the U of M insisted we give Al's Breakfast a try. Lucky for us, it wasn't too busy so we were seated (on the stools at the counter) within 15 minutes. We all ordered the Eggs Benedict and it was fantastic!! Coffee was great and the service was friendly. When we left, we were... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is a true Dinkytown institution. My family would come here for breakfast in the late 1970s when we lived in Minneapolis for two years. Today, the same owner and grillmaster is still there. I've been back twice this year while in town on business. Breakfast was great both times. The blueberry pancakes are just like my sister and I... More

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Bangalore, India
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

For sure a 5 star but lost a star on the staff. Its one for sure one of the best place around for breakfast. Went here straight after finishing Minneapolis marathon. After running 26 miles still had the patience to wait for 45 minutes to get a seat because of the excellent aroma coming out from the kitchen. An it... More

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