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Jun 17, 2008 03:38 PM

MSP- Greasy Spoon Breakfast in Bloomington-Richfield?

My BIL and SIL just moved to town and are staying with my MIL in Bloomington. They are looking for a place to have breakfast- most specifically a divey-diner, greasy spoon type place. I'm not so good with that part of town-- any recs?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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  1. I'm drawing a total blank on this one. I've always felt Bloomington is a complete black hole for food. I can think of a handful of good greasy spoons in Bloomington (Wally's, Shantytown) but none that have breakfast. Denny's 5th Avenue Bakery is a good, old-fashioned stop but only for donuts and baked goods. There's also a donut shop across Penn Ave from Wally's.

    The only other thing coming to mind is Embers along the 494 strip which isn't the worst thing in the world when you're looking for divey-diner. Folks from out of town wouldn't be familiar with it like they would Denny's. If out of that area's not an option, I think that's where I'd send them. (With apologies).

    5 Replies
    1. re: MSPD

      Hot Plate is a wonderful place. It is in Minneapolis, but very close to Richfield and Bloomington!

      1. re: chadradchad

        I was going to recommend Hot Plate also, but I was worried it was too far north. Their granola is fantastic, I was craving more just a day after I had it last time.

        1. re: chadradchad

          Hot Plate is good, but it's not really a "divey-diner, greasy spoon type place."

          1. re: Jordan

            My thoughts exactly. I also concur with the other recommendations but intentionally left them out as they're outside the requested area. Opening it up to a ten-mile radius puts a whole lot of places into play (all of south Mpls basically).

        2. re: MSPD

          The donut shop is now a gyro joint ("gyro-opolis" or something). If they can wait for lunch, Wally's has a great blue plate special.

        3. I'm not saying I recommend it, but if you're coming up empty on greasy spoon type places in Bloomington, that Mickey's Diner on West 7th just as you head into St. Paul wouldn't be ridiculously out of your way. I think they have a couple of tables you can squeeze four into...


          1. Not in Bloomington, but close, is the Original Pancake House. It's off France Ave, just south of Southdale Mall. Not to be confused with IHOP.

            Original Pancake House
            3501 W 70th St, Minneapolis, MN 55435