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Best Hashbrowns in the Twin Cities?

It's a quest that few go on, but we're on it, and have been for at least 8 months. We adore Minneapolis, like St. Paul, and are always in search of new fun breakfast places. Last weekend was Sweet Lorraine's in South Mpls. Very great service, good food, but not perfect hashbrowns. Close, but no cigar. So, let's hear it from all you breakfast-eaters on your opinion of the best hashbrowns and breakfast spots in the Twin Cities, please.

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    A decent round-up of the existing threads: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457293
    In the eastern suburbs: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444212
    In the southern suburbs: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432738
    In South Mpls: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/413423 and
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334806
    In Northeast: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/475702 and http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451985

    Al's Diner -- from nearly every mention of breakfast
    Hell's Kitchen -- from nearly every mention of breakfast

    1. For some reason, my mind was jogged while reading this and I thought of a place I haven't eaten at for years: the Seward Community Cafe. I really liked their hash browns when I've eaten there.

      Also, I enjoy the hash browns at Uptown Diner/Calhoun Grill/New Louisiana Cafe/other siblings. They're also pretty good at the Longfellow Grill/Edina Grill/Highland Grill (again - siblings).

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      Highland Grill
      771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

      Seward Community Cafe
      2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

      Longfellow Grill
      2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

      Louisiana Cafe
      613 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      Edina Grill
      5028 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

      Calhoun Grill
      3220 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

      Uptown Diner
      2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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      1. re: bob s

        Hey thanks bob s. Is the Uptown Diner anything like the Uptown Bar and Cafe? The Uptown Bar and Cafe is one of our go-back-to places in which the hashbrowns are consistantly good, the overall breakfast and atmosphere is awesome there on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Whats the Uptown Diner like? We loved the food at the Calhoun Grill. Froze our butts off in there though in January...turn up that heat!

        1. re: heine143

          The Uptown Bar and Uptown Diner are completely different. (I used to confuse the two when they were right next door to each other about 10-15 years ago.) The Diner and the Calhoun Grill have the same menu - along with the New Louisiana, the New Uptown, and the Grandview Grill in St. Paul.

          Also, just remembered that the Day By Day Cafe in St. Paul has decent browns.

      2. They don't serve breakfast, but the hashbrowns w/ onions @ Manny's are about as good as it gets. For breakfast I like Al's Diner's hashbrowns...or the Potatoes O'Brien @ Mickey's Diner.

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        1. re: g rote

          Also not available at breakfast, the hash browns at Erte in NE Minneapolis are the best I've had. They're a side dish to accompany steak, fish, or whatever. They come as a perfectly circular disc, so crispy on top that you need a knife to slice out a wedge. That's assuming you're willing to share. ;)

          1. re: Jordan

            Another "not at breakfast" but the St. Paul Grill's hash browns are worth the price of admission.

            Aside from that, it probably depends on your criteria for "best". Sometimes I like the low-grade kind like you get at Al's (mopped up with hollandaise), Milda's Cafe, Our Kitchen, Emily's, Day By Day, etc. The ones at Manny's, Erte, St. Paul Grille, et al are more "upscale".

            The beauty of the hash brown for me is having egg yolk, hollandaise and/or other sauce bleed into them. Or having them inside something like the Tex Mex at Grandview Grille (jarred salsa, cheddar cheese and sour cream).

            1. re: Jordan

              Wow, a circular disc? Sounds interesting! ...And I only share hashbrowns or ice cream with my soulmate...! :)

            2. re: g rote

              If you want really great hash browns, go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Then Manny's would be my 2nd choice. (Ruth's Chris are better because theirs are cooked smaller and flatter, so you get more overall crispy outside).

            3. Not in the Twin Cities, but there is a little place called Don's Cafe in Morris, Minnesota. They have the greatest hashbrowns. Crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside, and topped with a large pat of butter. They come on a plate the size of your head and cost about $2.00. I miss those hashbrowns.

              Also, amazingly, the cafeteria at my work has great ones about half the time. The other half the time they are burnt.

              1. Al's Breakfast -- always perfectly crisp with right amount of grease.