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by Joukkusisu
(Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 44° 58.862'   W 093° 14.132'
Minneapolis,   Minnesota   55455
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 30 Apr 2010
Waypoint (Landmark): N02D07
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Virtual
Cache size:   Virtual

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: Drinking water available. No pets are allowed. Parking is available

Comments:
This is a locationless virtual cache based upon the show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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The show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, on the Food Network channel, highlights unique and notable greasy spoons across the country. In order to claim credit for this locationless virtual cache, you must visit a restaurant featured on the show. Please post pictures of your visit including a picture of yourself with your GPSr. Please describe your visit, the food, and the service. And include the coordinates for the location in your log so that others can find and discover your joint. Each location can only be used once. There are quite a few other Twin Cities restaurants featured on the show.

A list of the restaurants featured on the show can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/guys-diners-drive-ins-and-dives/index.html

The coordinates provided for this cache are to a notable breakfast joint featured in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Al's Breakfast is a Minneapolis institution. It's the smallest, most unique greasy spoon I've ever seen. In 2004, it was the James Beard Award, and has won other local awards.

It's in Dinkytown, a small bohemian college community north of the University of Minnesota. The restaurant has been there since the 60's and hasn't changed since. It's about ten feet wide and only has seating at one long counter. The cook flips jacks right in front of you (you can see the cook in one of my pics) and barks orders back and forth with the servers. An order of two eggs, spinach, apsaragus, and toast with hollondaise, for example, is called something like a "Paul's special." They have odd names for everything. Their hours are limited, mostly serving morning hours.

I had a blueberry short stack with sausage and coffee. The pancakes were great. Most places have big, fluffy, pancakes, but these were dense and thin, like how I make them at home or when I'm camping. The syrup was natural maple syrup and not that fructose syruppy kind. A kid next to me order something called the Jose Rancheros. It's hashbrowns topped with two poached eggs, salsa, and cheese. Looks like a cholesterol bomb. I can't wait to order that on my next visit!

The wall opposite the counter is adorned with foreign currency, sketches made by customers, and knickknacks. Most of the silverware and cups and mugs don't match. Below the cubboards are little books with customers' names on them. Customers can purchase a book and debit meals (a sort of tab system). Some of the books are over twenty years old. They're scattered on shelves labeled "A-F" for example. You can see them and the currency behind me in the picture. Very fun restaurant that I thought I'd share for travellers or Twin Cities residents.

Here's some info about Al's Breakfast:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al's_Breakfast

http://www.tholt.com/als.html

http://www.lileks.com/mpls/uofm/dinkytown/als.html

http://www.myspace.com/alsbreakfast

Thank you, DudleyGrunt, for the delicious locationless idea!

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Note 26 Sept 2012 by  Cachew Knutz  (Finds: 2  Score: 5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
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The link to the list of featured restaurants is not working, but I found this link takes you to a map of the various restaurants:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/local/index.html#////?show=Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

I found it! 16 Jun 2011 by  tripman1  (Finds: 95  Score: 281.5)    (Hidden: 9  Score: 32.5)
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I visited T-Bone Tom's in Kemah, Texas. This is close to another of our favorite places, the Kemah boardwalk. There is a big billboard just up the road saying this was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and dives. Guy Fieri visited here in November 2009. Didn't know this was a cache until my second visit. Thanks Joukkusisu! Thanks Navicache

I found it! 07 Mar 2011 by  emmanogoldfish  (Finds: 3  Score: 8)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4)
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Been here many times, my favorite breakfast joint. I typically have the Eggs Benedict or the Haiwaiian Omelet both with rye and hash browns no oil but.

Once while traveling to a hot dog joint in South Minneapolis I stopped at a mid block residential neighborhood lemonade stand, thinking that the boy wasn't going to get a lot of business there I stopped to support him. Out of the house came Grina, the cook with a fresh picture of real homemade lemonade.

I found it! 17 Nov 2010 by  KFL  (Finds: 15  Score: 42)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 15)
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Finally I could come close to one of the restaurants.

This one is "Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar" at 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. It was lunchtime anyway, so I went my steps in it's direction.

The area I walked through to get there wasn't that nice. I tried to look poor, strong, and not too interested in anything going on there. However, the closer I got to the Cafe the better were the houses and the nicer the people. Opposite to the cafe is a school, which also didn't look too bad. I was pleased.

I was a bit surprised to find the cafe not being a big or prominent place at all. It could easily be missed. However, I knew my mission and went in. I was impressed at what I got to see now. The decoration was certainly original, and I don't want to spoil this for anyone, so I don't tell. It's a rather small cafe, but it was well filled. I got a table and a look at the menu. I attached a picture of the menu - to make sure you know what you miss. However, I didn't take something from the menu, but one of the daily specials: Greek style Fritatta. This is kind of a small pizza with ham, spinach and feta cheese on it, and it was delicious.

This is definitely a place I can recommend. It's open 7 days week from 8am to 3pm, so it's only for breakfast and lunch - but it's really something you will remember.

It's coordinates are 29.935883 -90.071948.

  cameraSurrey's menu

Note 09 Aug 2010 by  emmanogoldfish  (Finds: 3  Score: 8)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4)
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Been here many times, my favorite breakfast joint. I typically have the Eggs Benedict or the Haiwaiian Omelet both with rye and hash browns no oil but.

Once while traveling to a hot dog joint in South Minneapolis I stopped at a mid block residential neighborhood lemonade stand, thinking that the boy wasn't going to get a lot of business there I stopped to support him. Out of the house came Grina, the cook with a fresh picture of real homemade lemonade.

Note 08 Jul 2010 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I didn't even realize it was a DDD spot at the time, but I stopped off at Super Duper Weenie on my way up to Canada for the Maritime Geobash 2010. I saw their sign off 95 and figured it would be a cool spot to eat. And it was. I not a New Englander. Tried to stop back by on my way home on 8/12, but they were closed.

N 41 09.762 W 073 13.89

I found it! 08 May 2010 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

STONEY CREEK INN
Curtis Bay, MD

N 39 09.840 W 076 31.625

Woot! FTF! And on a locationless I suggested.

This was also my first visit to any restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (to the best of my knowledge).

I took my mom here for an early Mothers' Day dinner - she's a fan of DD&D, too. We arrived and were asked if we'd called ahead. Uh oh. Luckily, we were still able to get a table almost right away. Service was great and our waitress was both friendly and professional. I started with cream of crab soup, though I think I may have rather had the vegetable crab soup, but it was still very good. We each had the stuffed shrimp (with crab cake) for our entrees. I had mine with sweet potato fries and cucumber salad, along with a sweet tea. Unfortunately, no room for desert, even though they appeared to have some great homemade treats.

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  cameraStoney Creek Inn on Google Streets

Note 30 Apr 2010 by  Joukkusisu  (Finds: 35  Score: 124.5)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 20)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Some more pics of Al's Breakfast.

  cameraCrowded and cozy.
  cameraIt says Dinkytown Branch but it's the only one.


 

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