Final Day: Al’s Breakfast


It was my last day in Minneapolis and I had plenty of time before I had to make my way to the airport. I couldn’t leave without checking out Al’s Breakfast in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Al's Breakfast
Al’s Breakfast

The tiny diner has been featured on several food shows and draws plenty of locals and tourists with their made-from-scratch breakfast fare.

Classic Diner

Luckily, it wasn’t too busy when I arrived and I was able to sit at the end of the 14-seat counter.


I started off with a small glass of Orange Juice.

Orange Juice

I went with a simple offering of two eggs, hash browns, and toast. The over-medium eggs were perfect.

Over-Medium Eggs

The Hash-Browns are made from red potatoes and shredded by hand. They were a nice crispy brown.


I also enjoyed a side of crispy Bacon.


The Blueberry Pancake was fantastic. The buttermilk pancakes were made with Wild Maine Blueberries.

Blueberry Pancake
Blueberry Pancake

Behind the counter you can see tons of yellow booklets. They’re actually prepaid tabs of regular customers. They just write down and subtract the cost of the meal from the total amount of credit remaining. Talk about keeping it old-school.

Prepaid Tab Books
Prepaid Tab Books
Grab a Seat
Grab a Seat

Breakfast was solid. It was simple, but done really well. I enjoyed the cozy space too.

Al's Breakfast

I still had plenty of time to kill, so I picked up my stuff at the hotel and took the Metro Blue Line to the Mall of America, the largest mall in the U.S.

Metro Transit
Blue Line
Blue Line

It was the first day of school for many, so I just walked around the practically empty mall for a few hours.

Mall of America


Lego Store
Nickelodeon Universe

I was the only person riding the FlyOver America flight simulation ride. It was really cool and featured some breathtaking footage.

FlyOver America

Mall of America

It was time to hop back on the Light Rail and head to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. I still had time for one last meal before boarding, so I had the Parmesan-Crusted Walleye Sandwich at Ike’s Food & Cocktails.

Walleye Sandwich at Ike's
Walleye Sandwich at Ike’s

It was a nice few days in Minneapolis. Goodbye, Minnesota!

Goodbye, Minnesota

Al’s Breakfast
413 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-9991

Mall of America
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

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