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September 21, 2012

by Jerry Johnson
We spent the weekend in St Paul/Minneapolis with son Kirk and his wife PJ. It was a short fast two days.

On saturday morning Al's Breakfast in Dinky Town was our destination. Just off University Avenue, it's located in a building that's about twelve feet wide and squeezed betwixt two much larger buildings. The line on the sidewalk was considerably longer than the store front. A one and half to two hour wait is the norm and we were encouraged by the daughter-in-law to go next door for a cup of coffee. There was no line there. We sat at a table on the front walk enjoying the sun, the people and the coffee while keeping a eye on the slow moving line. Eventually our people made it to the door of Al's so we joined them. After gaining entrance you realize that the line runs to the back of the building. My son just smiled at me and said the food is worth it. The seating consisted of fourteen stools at a bar, the line was right behind the stools and as someone left the place was cleared and the next one in line was invited to sit down. If you tried to sit before the invite you got to talk to the attack waitress. There was a variety of food on the menu and I tried a lot of it. Two large buttermilk pancakes, hash browns, a Dinky Town omelet with wheat toast and lots of coffee. I did sample some of the other omelets and everything was really good. Prices were more than fair. I will go back and there is a rumor that the line is shorter early in the week.

Saturday night we went to the Fitzgerald Theater for "A Prairie Home Companion " with Garrison Keillor. The two hour show went fast with some great entertainment. After the show it was the Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Buttermilk Biscuits Party in the street with another couple of hours of entertainment. The night ended with a walk on the the historic Stone Bridge.

It's been a few years since we have been at the Renaissance Festival and we did make it Sunday. The old favorites were there and a good supply of new entertainment. Don't worry Puke and Snot is still the number one show. The food is great, we started with a really good popover with honey butter and some good coffee. The coffee line is really short but when there are so many choices the coffee line had no takers. The turkey drumstick has always been a personal favorite so that was tried again. It was good, tender and hot. Then it was on to the wine and chocolate, always good. The scotch eggs line I can avoid. The twisted potatoes look great but there is a point where even sampling is more than you want. I'm willing to try it again next season.

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Have a good week.



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