|SCENE||Just 10 feet wide and 14 stools long. And, yes, that woman standing right behind you does want your seat.||Built to look like a railcar, this 1937 gem is St. Paul’s perennial movie star.||A tiny house holding 11 stools along the counter and two |
|Early-bird professors mingle with guys just getting off the night shift.||Families snapping souvenir pics, regulars in baseball caps, the occasional downtown suit.||Generally an older crowd, with plenty of Vikings apparel.|
|Cool, calm, and collected, even at 6 a.m., when the crowd’s already stacked three deep.||In control. And in no hurry at all—Mickey’s never closes.||Good-humored. “We do have indoor plumbing,” the waitress ribs a customer.|
|CHATTER||“Hey, is that Ben down there?” “Yeah. You hear his daughter’s getting married?”||“You can jelly your own toast. I’m not coming to college with you to jelly your toast.”||“Antique is just a nice way of saying something’s old.”|
|Two eggs and toast: $2. No grease at all—so expertly fried they’re practically wholesome.||The Fry 2 (eggs and toast): $3.10. Local eggs and meat are cooked in real butter.||Two eggs, toast or not-to-be-missed pancakes, and hash browns big enough to make a meal: $4.60.|
|Two-egg scrambles dubbed Spring (asparagus and hollandaise), Summer (tomato, basil, and mozzarella), or Winter (feta, spinach, and tomato): $5 to $6. Add half a grapefruit for $1.||America’s Favorite All-Day Meal (two eggs, hash browns, toast, choice of meat): $6.75.||The Kitchen Special (two eggs, hash browns, toast or pancake, sausage, coffee): $7.35.|
Eggs, bacon, and a side of small-town camaraderie at three classic Twin Cities breakfast joints. Rated for scene and sizzle.