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“Best breakfast bar none.”

Keys Cafe - Nicollet Avenue
Ranked #21 of 1,807 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
New Haven, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best breakfast bar none.”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Order the pancakes. You won't need to worry about lunch, or maybe even dinner. Fresh, local, a real family-owned institution.
Yum.

Visited January 2012
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great Pancakes.”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

Good place for breakfast and lunch. Nothing fancy.

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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“An old favorite”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Huge portions, great food, cups/glasses that never go empty..this is the place to go for breakfast or lunch (and I hear they also serv e dinner now). You can eat your face off for about $5-10 per person and I have never had a bad meal here (or one I could manage to FINISH).

It is in a more hidden location (on 9th Street just past Marquette-across from the AT&T Tower) than last location (which was lost due to the Target HQ building in 2005-6).

Service can be slow to hit-or-miss, depending on who you get and how long they have worked there. Not a drinker, but people do seem to like the bar, which they didn't have at the old spot.

Food is the real deal here and Minnesotans love to eat. This is stick-to-your-ribs food for a hearty bunch. If you have a smaller appetite, think about sharing or small plates/apps. Food is really terrific home-cooking.

I had a simple breakfast and the homemade bread and thick-cut bacon made it an occasion: a testament to deliciousness!

Visited November 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Breakfast like it should be”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Keys sets the bar - excellent breakfast, the italian hash is excellent, the french toast is mouth watering, good service at tables and bar - the bartender was very attentive and it was fun to people watch here.

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Minneapolis, MN
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Consistent, consistent, consistent”
Reviewed January 6, 2012

Excellent breakfasts & lunches and a wonderful bakery too!

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