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Twin Cities Diners

The Twin Cities is known for its food scene, but you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get a good meal. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg teams up with Minnesota Monthly’s Joy Summers to show us three spots worth checking out. Each spot has something they’re known for whether it’s a certain dish or a fun story about their long history.

IDEAL Diner is in Minneapolis’ Nordeast. This popular diner has been around since 1949. You can’t miss the old neon sign outside the diner. It’s not a big spot, but the folks who work there have big personalities. There’s fourteen stools, one counter and no bathroom. Their menu is full of classics. Come hungry and ready to indulge. Be sure to save some room for their pie. 
 
Mickey’s by Willy is a stand-alone restaurant on West 7th Street. You may be familiar with the diner that’s an old rail car in downtown Saint Paul, but this restaurant is bigger, has booths and its own personality. They have lots of items that will make you happy, but you have to try their milkshakes.  It’s a classic diner food that won’t disappoint. 
 
729 South 10th Street, Minneapolis 
 
1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
 
1950 7th Street W, Saint Paul
 
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