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413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2005 (University / Dinkytown)
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Ranked #29 of 1,604 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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Verona, Italy
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It's really like a narrow corridor, with a long bar and stools for the customers. The atmosphere is jovial and warm. The servers (probably University students) are invariably kind and helpful. The blueberry and walnut pancakes out of this world. A place to visit in Minneapolis. But be careful, when you look for it if you blink you'll miss it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very few Breakfast experiences like it. Learn how to do the "Al shuffle." I always get the Jose with a side of blueberry pancakes.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Dinky town's hidden jewel is Al's Breakfast. The old breakfast bar is a tiny one table restaurant built in a what used to be an alley. And although this IS NOT your extravagant NYC Rao's, the breakfast hand-prepared by Al himself is to die for. I make sure to go here every time I am in Minneapolis! Best breakfast in... More 

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Greenville, Wisconsin
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is definitely a one of a kind restaurant. Don't visit if you are opposed to cozy spaces and potentially long waits. If you want a unique, reasonably priced, fun breakfast experience, visit Al's. The food was great and the interesting atmosphere make it worth the visit.

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Spring Lake Park, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My husband requests this restaurant each year for his bday in July. It can be hot once the wait is over and watching agonizingly slow people eat their food while you wait behind them sucks. The staff have worked there a long time and have lost some of their jolly spirits - mostly come off as in a hurry to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very small with just counter seating, but totally worth the wait even if it means you're waiting right behind people watching them eat while you're hungry and anxious to get seated. The atmosphere just makes you feel warm and fuzzy, especially in the winter. There's something about the simplicity of delicious breakfast basics and a place that forces you to... More 

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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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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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