Sunday, June 19, 2011

Food Tour

Last weekend Skirell, my boyfriend, and I did a mini food tour of Minneapolis as his birthday present.  Luckily, we both love to cook and eat!  After researching some of the different restaurants that have been featured on TV shows, we settled on Al's Breakfast, The Weinery, and Matt's Bar.

Al's Breakfast was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2007.  It is in the Dinkytown neighborhood, right by the University of Minnesota campus.  It is the narrowest restaurant I have ever been in!  We waited an hour in a single file line against a wall, behind those eating, while waiting for them to finish.  The plus side to waiting was I could see what everyone else was ordering.  I decided to copy everyone else and go for the Blueberry pancakes and ordered it with a side of sour cream.  Strange, but someone else tried it, so I went with it.  Amazing!  For it just being breakfast, it was one of the best I have had.  If you are ever up there, or to my Minnesota friends, you need to go!
Us waiting for people to finish their breakfast so we could have a seat.

This shows how much room there is to stand behind those eating.  Those yellow books you see on the shelf are for people who pre-pay on their account.  They keep track by hand.

On Sunday, we went to The Weinery in the West Bank neighborhood.  It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2008.  I actually don't have any pictures from this place, because we didn't feel the most welcome.  Our server was nicer than I expected she would be in a place like that, but it was just an odd place.  The hot dogs were decent, but nothing to go crazy over.  Skirell got his wrapped in bacon, which he said was really good.  They did have really good fries though!  It definitely seemed to be a neighborhood place, but I think you can skip this one.

After seeing my old college roommate Julia and her family for a couple hours, we were debating between the 5-8 Club and Matt's Bar for Jucy Lucy's.  They were both featured on Food Wars in 2010, and claim to have invented the burger.  Matt's was the winner, so we decided to try it.  For those that don't know what a Ju(i)cy Lucy is, it is a stuffed cheeseburger.  I believe Matt's had originally spelled 'Juicy' wrong on their menu, and stuck with it and still spells it 'Jucy'.  It is very much a dive bar on Cedar Ave.  You hang around until you see an open table then grab it before someone else beats you to it.  When we were there, there was one bartender and one server taking care of the whole place.  Somehow, they were able to make it work. We felt much more welcome here than we did at The Weinery!  The burgers and fries were awesome!  I definitely recommend making a trip there, and I will for sure go back- at least after I give 5-8 Club a try next time!
Mmmm....I already want to go back.

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