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Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005 (University/Dinkytown)
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Ranked #19 of 1,551 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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139 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Landed at MSP airport and needed some breakfast/lunch before hitting the road back to Iowa… using the mobile app, I searched Near Me Now and breakfast… Al's Breakfast popped up. The reviews mentioned it was a small place… there would be a wait.. and the food was worth it. All points were true! It was below freezing, but I waited... More

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Baltimore, MD
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153 reviews 153 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We came here on a weekday and it was crowded. Great food (ok, if you are committed to eating healthy all the time, then don't come here), excellent coffee, nice/friendly waitstaff...the pancakes are like a dessert, try one even if just to share with your neighbor. There is nothing bad on the menu. Word has it Dinkytown is on the... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Everything about this place is unique. My wife and I got there about 10:30 am Sunday. It was packed but we squeezed our way in. She asked if we should stay. I said 'how could we not!' Glad we did. Great food (Jose with a short stack of blueberry pancake). A true experience in sight, sound and taste.

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Eagan, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Always great food. Always big huge line. It is amazing how people forget the concept for personal space and all that urban things. The point is: the food is so good! Healthy! Fresh! Best thing is: You can get out with your tummy full with palatable breakfast within $10 bucks.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We read reviews prior to going, so we knew there are only 18 stools and you stand in line behind them to wait your turn. The place is only about 11 feet wide by 50 feet deep and is a "fixture" in Dinkytown near the U of M campus. It's loud, but friendly, and the menu is varied. We had... More

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Minneapolis, Minesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

Best blueberry pancakes I have ever eaten. Add some rye toast and some scrambled eggs and coffee and you got a scrumptious breakfast with students and families and singles in a really funky but fun atmosphere.

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Buffalo, New York, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Al's Breakfast is an experience. As a Minneapolis staple and a place that has overcome many threats of shutdown over the years, it has remained resilient and long-standing and still a favorite among locals and visitors. I take all of my visitors to Al's Breakfast. It's a very small diner, so you have to understand the etiquette before even arriving.... More

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New York City, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

The pancakes are good, though not great, and if you are or have ever been a New Yorker, you will be impressed by the extremely slow service. But it's a fun experience nevertheless as you get to observe a slice of Minneapolis life while waiting an hour or so in line, looking at the kitsch decorations, and eavesdropping on a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

My wife and I asked our college age daughter where to have breakfast after we dropped off supplies this morning. She told us about Al's and we were on our way. Finding it was easy. We had to wait for seats, which meant we got to stand behind the 14 people who were eating. The staff was friendly, and got... More

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I had heard about this place and I finally got an opportunity to check it out for myself. Well, not much to it. I was fortunate in that there was a stool open at the counter. There are only 14 of them and if you miss out, you have to stand behind someone until they are done eating. Anyway, the... More

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