Breakfast & Diners

Mickey's Diner


Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

308 Prince Street
A café and workspace serving locally roasted coffee, beer, and wine alongside tasty sandwiches, soups, and pizzas with a focus on organic and local ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a full lineup of live music. $

Bonnie’s Cafe

2160 West University Avenue
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Grab breakfast before the train at this favorite “stop-and-eat” at the edge of Saint Paul. $

Bon Vie

485 Selby Avenue
Breakfast and lunch bistro that serves up the good life with a changing monthly menu. Catering available. $$

Buttered Tin

237 East Seventh Street
A warm and welcoming corner cafe and bakery in Lowertown, open for breakfast and lunch. Try the Crab Cake Benedict. $$

Café Minnesota

Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Boulevard
Cafeteria-style self service. Weekly menus with Minnesota staples, including wild rice soup. $

Capital View Cafe 

637 South Smith Avenue
Mexican and American home-cooking for breakfast and lunch. Catering available. $

Chatterbox Pub

800 South Cleveland Avenue
A full-service neighborhood pub featuring old-school board games and video games to bring out the ’80s kid in you. $

Colossal Cafe

2315 Como Avenue
1340 Grand Avenue
Specializing in made-from-scratch, seasonal sandwiches, salads, and meatloaf. Weekly specials and catering available. Second location now open on Grand Avenue. $


1124 Payne Avenue
American-style diner with Korean influences and locally sourced ingredients, open for breakfast and lunch. $-$$

Day by Day Cafe

477 West Seventh Street
Breakfast is the specialty all day long; linger over coffee and conversation. Check out the patio and koi pond. $

Egg & I East

2550 West University Avenue
This friendly restaurant serves breakfast all day. Lunch menu also available. $-$$

El Amanecer

194 Cesar Chavez Street
Authentic Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located in the heart of District del Sol. $

Finnish Bistro

2264 Como Avenue
Finnish and European fare, including specialty cakes and other baked treats, in charming St. Anthony Park. $

Four Inns

101 East Fifth Street, Suite 220 (skyway level)
In the heart of downtown for over 25 years, this all-American diner serves comfort food made from scratch. $

French Hen Cafe

516 Selby Avenue
A European bistro serving Parisian breakfast and lunch on Cathedral Hill. $$

French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

1662 Grand Avenue
The first certified organic bakery in the United States, French Meadow has been at the forefront of the local-organics movement. Both the sandwiches and the interior design are rustic, b.y.o. picnic basket. Gluten-free, yeast-free bread made in-house. $

Golden’s Lowertown

275 East Fourth Street
Soups, sandwiches, and farmers market fresh breakfasts. Show up hungry for brunch, lunch, and late-night munchies and live entertainment. Walk-up window on Wall Street is open in the warm months. Catering available. $

Grandview Grill

1818 Grand Avenue
All-American diner in pursuit of the perfect breakfast and lunch for more than 20 years. $

Highland Grill

771 South Cleveland Avenue
Minnesota favorites served alongside some international foods that Minnesotans need to get acquainted with. Can you say cheese curds? How about edamame? Great for breakfast or lunch. $

Keys Cafe & Bakery

767 Raymond Avenue
500 North Robert Street
The made-from-scratch recipes you grew up with and service that takes you back home. Open since 1973, the Raymond Avenue location serves breakfast and lunch; the Robert Street location stays open until 9 p.m. every day. Catering available. $

Little Oven

1786 East Minnehaha Avenue
Reasonably priced Italian fare with monthly coupons and specials that are easy on the wallet. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Catering available. $

Magnolias Restaurant

1081 Payne Avenue
Quality family dining with home-cooked comfort food. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Catering available. $

Mickey’s Diner

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36 West Seventh Street
An amusing Art Deco dining car on the National Register of Historic Places. Open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. $

Mojo Monkey

1169 West Seventh Street
Handcrafted donuts made fresh daily. Closed Monday. $

Neighborhood Cafe

1570 Selby Avenue
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a great happy at this small cafe with filling meals and a full wine list. Closes at 3 p.m. Sunday–Monday; open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday. $-$$

Patrick McGovern’s Pub

225 West Seventh Street
Pub food and drinks in a historic brick building with a three-tiered outdoor dining patio. $

Russian Tea House

1758 West University Avenue
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Open just one day a week (Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), this Russian “fast food” diner serves borscht, cabbage rolls, and real Russian tea. The house specialty is the piroshki, or Russian hamburger. Chocolate and pastries also available. $

Rusty Taco

508 South Lexington Parkway
Breakfast tacos, Mexican tacos, beer, and coffee at the corner of Lexington and Randolph. $


1668 Grand Avenue
Cafe serving winning Mediterranean and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s all about the garlic sauce. Catering available. $

St. Clair Broiler

1580 St. Clair Avenue
Burgers, sandwiches, malts, and buttermilk fried chicken in a classic American diner across from Macalester College. $

Swede Hollow Cafe

725 East Seventh Street
An expansive all-day breakfast menu features daily quiche and oven-baked French toast. Warm up with a homemade cinnamon bun, or wait till sunnier times to enjoy the patio. Catering available. Closed Sunday. $

Tongue in Cheek

989 Payne Avenue
An East Side eating, drinking, and cavorting establishment with Southern and international influences. Serves weekend brunch. $$

Wabasha Deli & Cafe

32 East Fillmore Avenue
A mom-and-pop shop with in-house deli meats available for dine-in, picnic outside, or grab-and-go boxed lunches. Catering available. $

Ward 6

858 Payne Avenue
Pub-style comfort food. Culinary traditions abound, from duck confit to roasted pork loin. Try the beignets for breakfast. The full bar is stocked with local brews. Owned and managed by Eastsiders. $-$$