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Bonnie's Cafe

Map & Directions 2160 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55114
  • American
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout, Kid Friendly
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available


City Pages' Description

There are few true, classic American diners left in the Twin Cities, and it seems like Mickey’s is the only one that gets any attention. But Bonnie’s Cafe on University Avenue next to the Dubliner Pub is our top pick when it comes to greasy spoon breakfast - and it’s not even all that greasy. Catering mostly to the early morning blue-collar crowd and post-mass church-goers on Sunday, Bonnie’s does breakfast classics right: fluffy hotcakes, generous piles of crispy flat-top cooked hash browns, an endless supply of good ol’ unfancy drip coffee, hamburger steak (yes), and roast beef hash that will garner compliments from even the most curmudgeonly grandpa. There’s no better or more appropriately retro (without trying to be retro) spot for lunch than at Bonnie’s mint green bar stools and front counter where you can enjoy a tuna melt or BLT but make sure to leave a little room for pie. It’s not a real diner experience without it.

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  • Heavy Table on 04/07/10

    Any menu item with “Bonnie” or “John” in the name. If the owner or chef is willing to stake their name on a dish, it’s your obligation to order it.

  • Christina O. on 04/22/12

    Breakfast is served all day!

  • Kari M. on 05/18/13

    I had high hopes for this place but did not think it was very good...

  • Aleea B. on 11/27/11

    Terrible coffee. The lady doesn't understand sarcasm, do not joke with her.

  • Cody J. on 10/23/11

    The Bon Jony may just be the best breakfast sandwhich around. Roast beef hash, egg, and cheese on Texas toast. Seriously, you will not be dissapointed...

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