From Nicollet Diner Facebook page
On a Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Nicollet Diner was busy. Most tables were full, a steady stream of take-out orders headed off for Bite Squad. Located near the Convention Center, the menu looks like standard American breakfast diner fare, but the little touches elevated every dish we tried.
Sam's Skillet: named for co-owner Sam Turner. Corned beef hash features nice cubes of corned beef, and a heavily herbed hash—the rosemary and sage really made this dish rock. ($10.95)
Chicken and Waffles: the chicken didn't compare with some of our top restaurants making chicken and waffles right now, but it was a juicy and generous serving of fried breast. But I can't stop thinking about the sweet and savory red eye gravy, and the perfect dash of heat that makes this a great buy at $10.95.
Short Stack Pancakes: two plate-sized pancakes for $5? My 9-year-old inhaled it.
A custom blend ($2.95) for the diner, medium-roast, tastes better than your average diner coffee and they kept my mug freshly topped the whole time.
SPEED OF SERVICE
Look, it's brunch. Nobody's in a hurry. But it took 40 minutes from ordering to get our food. The staff apologized, but every other order coming out of the kitchen seemed to be going to take out. That's tough.
THE GOOD NEWS
Nicollet Diner is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. You don't have to wait for a busy weekend—they'll serve you breakfast any day, all day. These are nice people, open for just about eight months.
Nicollet Diner, 1428 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-399-6258, thenicolletdiner.com
Who doesn’t love brunch? I'll be bringing you a monthly brunch report from all over MSP. I'm not a strict guy when it comes to defining brunch—there should be eggs and carbs and coffee and Saturday/Sunday. Let me know if you think there’s somewhere special I should check out—post in the comments or e-mail me at DeRushaEats@gmail.com