It’s time for breakfast, your stomach is growling and you’re craving a light, toasty waffle. If only the best will do, satisfy your cravings (and your hunger) with some of the best waffles in the Twin Cities.
413 14th Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The quintessential greasy spoon, Al’s serves up hearty, stick-to-your ribs breakfast food. In true diner style, Al’s offers limited counter seating where patrons can enjoy the sights and sounds of the griddle as their food is prepared in front of them. If you have a sizable appetite, you’ll appreciate the sheer size and (deliciousness) of Al’s waffles, which occupy an entire plate with their fluffy mass. The bacon waffle is one of Al’s menu highlights – a spin on the classic that contains bacon cooked right into the waffle. You can also opt for the waffle suzette, which comes topped with strawberries and sour cream, or go for a plain, classic waffle. Whichever waffle you choose, make sure to bring your appetite. And bring cash, because in old-school diner style, this spot doesn’t take plastic.
5028 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55424
The Edina Grill is a cozy, casual eatery that serves up comfort food favorites with a gourmet twist. If you’re craving a killer waffle, then the Edina Grill’s killer banana waffle is sure to hit the spot. The Grill’s killer waffle comes topped with fresh, sliced bananas, whipped cream and is drizzled with a decadent praline sauce. If you prefer your waffles sans frills (or have a nut allergy), order a plain malted waffle and add macerated blueberries or strawberries if you’re so inclined. If a breakfast visit to the Edina Grill isn’t convenient, get your killer waffle fix at another location, like the Highland Grill in St. Paul or the Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis.
3311 E. 25th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
A quaint community cafe known for serving up unique, locally sourced organic dishes, the Birchwood Cafe is home to one unbelievably good waffle. Dubbed the savory waffle, it expertly combines sweet and savory flavors with the use of some unexpected ingredients. Upon ordering, an asparagus, Parmesan and quinoa waffle, topped with rhubarb jalapeno marmalade, lemon pepita butter, pepitas, bacon lardoons, sunny-side up egg, maple syrup and powdered sugar is made from scratch and delivered piping hot to your table. It is also available gluten free, upon request.
2859 Johnson St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
This hidden gem tucked away in the Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood serves up big flavor with its delectable waffles. The made-from-scratch golden Belgian waffle, served with light and airy whipped butter, is sure to satisfy even the pickiest waffle palate. And carnivores are sure to appreciate the savory meat waffle, which contains diced ham, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar jack cheese baked right inside. The only question you’ll have is whether or not to add syrup.
Victor’s 1959 Cafe
3756 Grand Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
While the quaint Cuban eatery is best known for its authentic Cuban cuisine, its mango waffle is unbelievably delicious. Topped with fresh, juicy mango, whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon, Victor’s fluffy mango waffle will haunt your dreams (and your taste buds).
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.