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

Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN - (612) 331-9991
Great diner breakfast in Minneapolis's Dinkytown: blueberry pancakes, which are made with either a whole wheat or buttermilk batter, available studded with walnuts or corn kernels. We like blueberries and buttermilk -- an enchanting balance of sweet fruit poised in their faintly sour medium, infused with butter.
100% Approval Rating (24 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
pancakes
Corned Beef Hash
omelet
Summer Special
Waffle
Huevos Rancheros
Hash Browns

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Al's is Nirvana for those of us who spend our lives in search of great diner breakfast. It is smaller than small, wedged perpendicular to 14th Avenue among the shops of Dinkytown, near the University of Minnesota. Customers waiting for one of the fourteen stools at the ..."   [Read More]
rating
Simone Legare
November 05, 2011
"Wow, I can't believe I'm only the second person to review Al's Breakfast! C'mon, this has got to be the best breakfast place for miles around. I was first introduced to Al's when I met my husband, a student at the "U" in 1983. The morning after our wedding in 1986, ..."   [Read More]

Submit photos Submit a review See more reviews...

Map & Web Site

413 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN
(612) 331-9991

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Pancakes arrive with a large globe of good Minnesota butter melting on top.
"Pancakes arrive with a large globe of good Minnesota butter melting on top."
Michael Stern





Instead of having small bits of the meat, this bacon waffle contains long strips.
"Instead of having small bits of the meat, this bacon waffle contains long strips."
Cliff Strutz


There is no shortage of blueberries in the blueberry pancakes.
"There is no shortage of blueberries in the blueberry pancakes."
Michael Stern


Al's pancakes, like these blueberry buttermilk examples, are hearty, with a rugged texture.  Quite filling.
"Al's pancakes, like these blueberry buttermilk examples, are hearty, with a rugged texture. Quite filling. "
Cliff Strutz


Not for the nutritionally timid, Al's corned beef hash fairly glistens with grease and is much heavier on potatoes than corned beef.
"Not for the nutritionally timid, Al's corned beef hash fairly glistens with grease and is much heavier on potatoes than corned beef."
Michael Stern


The entire interior of Al's is pictured here. Note the waiting customers hovering above those who are eating.
"The entire interior of Al's is pictured here. Note the waiting customers hovering above those who are eating."
Michael Stern


Many regulars use coupon books in lieu of cash when they are short on funds.  There are hundreds of them scattered over the lower three shelves.
"Many regulars use coupon books in lieu of cash when they are short on funds. There are hundreds of them scattered over the lower three shelves."
Cliff Strutz


This sign replaced the old one that used to say
"This sign replaced the old one that used to say "Tipping is not a city in China." Note the foreign currency hanging beneath the lights."
Cliff Strutz


Stools towards the front of the diner offer a view of the extremely well-seasoned griddle where piles of hash browns sizzle.
"Stools towards the front of the diner offer a view of the extremely well-seasoned griddle where piles of hash browns sizzle."
Michael Stern


Al's wall is a good illustration for the term 'eclectic decor.'
"Al's wall is a good illustration for the term 'eclectic decor.'"
Michael Stern


Originally the Hunky Dory Lunch, formed from an alleyway between two buildings, Al's continues to build a huge reputation, but remains a 14-seat hash house.
"Originally the Hunky Dory Lunch, formed from an alleyway between two buildings, Al's continues to build a huge reputation, but remains a 14-seat hash house."
Michael Stern


Green peppers, banana peppers, fried onions are folded into scrambled eggs to make Al's huevos rancheros. The salsa on top is tongue-tickling hot.
"Green peppers, banana peppers, fried onions are folded into scrambled eggs to make Al's huevos rancheros. The salsa on top is tongue-tickling hot."
Michael Stern


Al's is as small a restaurant as you can imagine.  Note right behind the coats hanging against the back wall are customers lined up to get one of the precious seats.
"Al's is as small a restaurant as you can imagine. Note right behind the coats hanging against the back wall are customers lined up to get one of the precious seats."
Cliff Strutz


5:55am in Dinkytown. I was the 11th person in line, assuring me of a seat at the counter as soon as the door opened.
"5:55am in Dinkytown. I was the 11th person in line, assuring me of a seat at the counter as soon as the door opened."
Michael Stern



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