Diners

Not many people order Adam and Eve on a Raft these days when they want eggs and toast, but there are still pockets of greasy griddle-top cooking that bring you back to simpler days and simpler eggs.

Diners

Not many people order Adam and Eve on a Raft these days when they want eggs and toast, but there are still pockets of greasy griddle-top cooking that bring you back to simpler days and simpler eggs.

Mickey’s Dining Car

Just when it seemed that Mickey’s would be relegated to the dusty halls of relicdom as a historical landmark, the young and hip have discovered its cool factor. Maybe it’s the fact that breakfast is available every second of every day or maybe it’s that O’Brian potatoes have yet to be co-opted by the foodists. No matter: The old car with its greasy no-frills eggs and bacon is throwback cool. Again. 36 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-698-0259, mickeysdiningcar.com


Hoagies

Hopkins’ Hoagies is straight out of the Picture Book of All American Americana, circa 1974, with mirrored signs and retro metal advertising signs on every square inch of wall, little knickknacks everywhere, knotty pine galore, booths, and all the diner classics—thin and tender pancakes, crispy filigrees of plain hash browns, lacy fried eggs, and coffee like you’re in a church basement. Turn off your Instagram filter before you start shooting pictures; this place provides all the authentic nostalgia you could want. 824 Main St., Hopkins, 952-935-2865


Peter’s Grill

Founded in 1914, Peter’s Grill is the top choice for two sorts of downtown eaters: those seeking a genuinely good and affordable sit-down meal and those in love with Raymond Chandler, fedoras, and the purity of the 1940s film-noir interior with its buff aluminum metalwork and Art Moderne clean lines. The food is honest and true: fried eggs and an English muffin, your choice of omelet, straight-shooter pancakes, nothing fancy but all just right. The apple pie is legendary: hand-cut chunks of apple, cinnamon-touched and nestled in between layers of bubbly-crisp crust. 114 S. 8th St., Mpls., 612-333-1981, 


Bonnie’s Cafe

On a street that is widely becoming known for excitingly unfamiliar dishes such as Cambodian pahok ktiss and Thai nam tok sits a slice of the old days. Bonnie’s is a café with swiveling counter stools, waitresses toting Bunn coffee pots, and an un-ironic, un-twisted menu of comforting diner food—solid blueberry cakes, simple scrambles, and a McBonnie that pretends to be a sandwich rather than an awesome mess of eggs, ham, cheese, and gravy. Bonnie is still there, after 30 years, for when your search for the best pho leaves you weary and in need of chicken potpie. 2160 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-644-3393

Pancakes

Pancakes

Whether you call them cakes or flapjacks, there’s no denying the power of the pancake to deliver a gut-filling, heart-warming morning meal. Here's nine critic's picks.

Eye-Openers: Breakfast Cocktails

Morning cocktail anyone? From bloody marys to coffees, these drinks will give you a mighty wake-up call. Sip on these ten critics' picks.

Egg Sandwiches

Egg Sandwiches

A complete dish in your hands, the egg is the perfect food, especially when joined by some melty cheese, perhaps a little salty breakfast meat, and a bit of cheffy bravado.

Coffee Loves Pastry

Coffee Loves Pastry

If you have to grab and go, make it meaningful with both caffeine and pastry groups representing.

Family-Friendly

Family-Friendly

These places know how to make it a good morning for you while keeping the kiddos entranced.

Donuts

Donuts

The humble hunk of sugary fried dough can be as simple as cake or as funky as chai these days. These five represent.

Reservations Required

Reservations Required

Easter and Mother’s Day are the biggest brunch days of the year. Here are the classic spots if you want to call early.

Manly Mornings

Manly Mornings

Meaty and massive are perhaps the two main characteristics of a morning meal that will satisfy a manly appetite. Not that that’s necessarily a gender thing.

Ethnic

Ethnic

Morning is universal. You don’t have to stick with the same old eggs and cakes.

Late Night

Late Night

Tucking into a mess of eggs or stack of cakes at the end of an evening just seems to cap the revelry. Plus, it will carry you through until bloody mary time.

Don’t Diss the Buffet: 3 to Hit

Don’t Diss the Buffet: 3 to Hit

Three different spins on all-you-can eat brunch buffets.

Make the Drive: Worthy One-Offs

Make the Drive: Worthy One-Offs

These breakfast dishes make these dining spots a destination.

Andrew Zimmern: Make The Most of The Most Important Meal

Andrew Zimmern: Make The Most of The Most Important Meal

Three-egg omelets were fine when you filled up and headed outdoors to earn your living, but now we need more balance.

Beth Dooley: What’s So Special About Al’s Breakfast?

Beth Dooley: What’s So Special About Al’s Breakfast?

It has been six decades since the original Al—Al Bergstrom—started flipping hash in an 11-foot storage shed squeezed in the alley.

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