These classic Twin Cities diners have much to offer: huge portions, low prices, fluffy pancakes, hot coffee poured into sturdy white mugs, and hash browns with a crispy, golden-fried crust. Extra points for Formica tables, single griddles, and those cool, retro swivel stools — though a diner’s true heart lies in its affordable, approachable (and usually laminated) menu, and not in its aesthetics. Most of these spots have been around for several decades, if not since the early part of the 20th century. For steak and eggs, classic flat-top burgers, and towering stacks of buttermilk pancakes, look no further than these iconic old-school diners in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Note that these diners are listed geographically.