Al’s Breakfast is an old fashioned, cash only diner located in the center of Dinkytown next to the University of Minnesota campus. From both the outside and inside it looks like a dive but the food and experience are great. We arrived at about 8:30 AM on a Saturday morning and all the chairs were full but the wait was not too bad. The place is TINY so it is tough to move around when you have to move from the line to your seat. Don’t hang up your jacket in the back unless you know you are sitting in the back or you will need to fight your way back through the crowd.
While waiting in line you can look at all the interesting old memorabilia and cash from many different countries that is hanging on the wall across from the counter. It is also fun to watch the manager keep the line in order and organize when and where everyone will sit. Don’t get in line before your entire party arrives as they will call you out and send you back outside. They seat you as space opens up. My wife and daughter were seated about 5 minutes before me.
I had French toast with homemade syrup and my wife and daughter had ham and cheese omelets with a side of hash browns. Everything tasted really good. The hash browns were moist and not dry and tasted great (probably not real good for you). If you are in a big hurry do not get an omelet as they take the longest (the pancakes are served quickly).
The servers and fry cook were friendly, helpful and fun to watch. Since you can only sit at the counter they can tell when you need more coffee or need to clear your plate. This is a great place to eat breakfast and I highly recommend it.
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