N 44° 58.862' W 093° 14.132'
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
United States Near By Caches
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:
Thank you, DudleyGrunt, for the delicious locationless idea!