Breakfast in Minneapolis

by Michael Stern
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Not that there’s anything wrong with a Jucy Lucy inside-out cheeseburger at Matt’s Bar or a silver butterknife steak at Murray’s, but when we think of Minneapolis, we think of breakfast. It is one of the nation’s great breakfast cities, from the tiny old-time Dinkytown diner called Al’s to the overwhelmingly creative Hell’s Kitchen. For donuts, there’s nowhere better than Glam Doll; for the best from-scratch cafe classics, check out Johnson’s Bacon and Egg Cafe; and if you’ve got a hankering for pastrami hash (you should!), visit Be’wiched.

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Al’s Breakfast

Al's serves the best imaginable diner breakfast in Minneapolis's Dinkytown. Pancakes are wonderful, with or without blueberries, nuts or sweet corn niblets.

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Hell’s Kitchen

One of America's best restaurants, Minneapolis' Hell's Kitchen does everything better, from house peanut butter to Mahnomin porridge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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Glam Doll Donuts

Wild and wildly-named donuts are served with retro-urban panache at Minneapolis' Glam Doll, where interior decor includes mid-20th century dinette sets.

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Johnson’s Bacon and Egg Cafe

Minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Johnson's feels like a small town cafe. The from-scratch menu includes excellent pancakes and weekend-only corned beef hash.

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Be’wiched

A "chef-driven deli," Be'wiched is a handsome three-meal-a-day restaurant in Minneapolis's North Loop. House-cured pastrami is the go-to dish.