It’s a National Landmark. No, really. And inside it’s just as it should be, all chrome and vinyl with scarcely room to scoot by the other people on their stools at the counter. I’d forgotten until I read it on the menu, but I have seen this place on the Food Network (multiple shows). I was prepared to be charmed and Mickey’s did not disappoint.
For less than $10 I got breakfast and a show. This is Dave, who cooked my order. He was a constant blur of motion, whirling around like a dervish while managing to create culinary masterpieces on a flattop grill smaller than my stovetop, all the while keeping up a steady stream of conversation with multiple people.
It was difficult to decide on my order. The omelets were puffy things of beauty; the pancakes looked light as a feather. But in the end I decided to go with a One-Eyed Jack. It was a grilled ham, jack cheese, and egg sandwich served with hash browns. And it was delicious.
Should you find yourself in St. Paul, I highly recommend Mickey’s Diner. The atmosphere, witty repartee, and food are all excellent. Plus it’s open 24 hours so any time you get the urge for some good American food you can find it there. If I’m ever back in town you can be sure I’ll stop in.