Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Mickey's Dining Car

36 7th St. W, St. Paul, MN - (651) 222-5633
Posted By Michael Stern on May 6, 2007 10:02 AM
We’re not going to tell you that the cuisine at Mickey’s Dining Car rates four stars. There are some things they serve we wouldn’t recommend at all. The pies, for example, are more easily identifiable by their color (red, yellow, blue) than by their designated ingredient (could it be fruit?).

On the other hand, breakfast is foursquare. Eggs are whipped up in a flash, blueberry-buttermilk pancakes are pretty fine, and the hash brown potatoes are available O’Brien-style, meaning mixed with diced ham, onion, and green peppers. We like the French toast made from the diner’s extra-thick white bread, and the morning special of pork chops or steak and eggs. While these chops bear little resemblance to the thick, tender ones you’ll get for supper in a high-priced restaurant, they have a flavorful hash-house charm all their own. The milk shakes are real, blended to order. And how many other joints do you know that still offer mulligan stew?

The best thing about Mickey’s Dining Car is Mickey’s Dining Car itself – a stunning yellow-and-red enamel streamliner built by the Jerry O’Mahony company in 1937. Although it has been well-used over decades of twenty-four hour service, it is still in magnificent shape. Complementing the Deco dazzle of the diner (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is a juke box featuring Elvis and Del Shannon, and a staff of waiters and waitresses who have honed the art of service with a snarl. It’s not mean service, and it’s not bad service; in fact, it is efficient and polite … unless you are one of the frequent gawkers (we plead guilty) who come in to look around at the handsome joint and its colorful regular denizens. We who are too preoccupied to place our order swiftly and with no hesitation can find ourselves at the mercy of the hash-slingers, one of whom once told us, in no uncertain terms, “A museum, it’s not. You gonna eat or kick tires?”
4 star rating
Overall Rating

18 out of 20 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes
Posted By p garvey on January 27, 2013 3:24 PM
Noteworthy (?) details: easy two-minute straight shot off of I-94, if you're just blowing through town. Milk shakes are soda-jerk perfect. Homemade baked beans are outstanding. About eight free parking spaces, a huge perk for downtown St. Paul. Entrance stairs and basement bathrooms, so not ADA accessible. Lingering frowned upon and cash tipping appreciated even if you're charging your meal (no AMEX). And, if the place is full, you can wallflower behind the counter patrons as folks understand the eat-and-run gestalt. Finally, "Mickey's," or "Mickey's Diner." No one EVER refers to it by its legal name.
4 star rating
Overall Rating

0 out of 0 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes
Posted By Chris Paulsen on August 3, 2012 1:40 PM
One of the last greasy spoon diners left in Minnesota. You can sit at the counter with anyone from politicians to high power execs, from tourists who just want to see the place to bums. It's open 24 hours a day. My favorite time to visit is in the middle of the night when you don't know who will be there. The very good food is made in front of you, so it's always hot, and served in large portions.
4 star rating
Overall Rating
Mulligan Stew
Potatoes O'Brien

0 out of 0 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes
Posted By John Clouse on April 16, 2012 11:14 PM
A terrific dining experience 24 hours a day.
Down home food and wonderful service.
You see people from all walks of life here.
4 star rating
Overall Rating
hash browns
Potatoes O'Brien
Mulligan Stew
Omelet
french toast

0 out of 0 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes
Posted By Melanie Cole on January 4, 2011 9:28 AM
I miss living in the Twin Cities just because of all the great eating spots such as Mickey's. I always made sure to bring out-of-towners here. It's a step into another time. The food has always been worth it, no matter what I ordered. Delish and kitch!
4 star rating
Overall Rating

0 out of 0 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com