I made forage #2 into East Lake Street dining – this time for brunch! Hi-Lo Diner is an original Fodero Dining Car that started it’s long life in Pennsylvania in 1957 and since 2015 has called Minnesota home when it was adopted by it’s current loving owners.
Hi- Lo Diner offers a full bar which I was excited to see since I didn’t know if a “diner” would serve alcohol and brunch just isn’t the same without a Bloody Mary! Truth be told, when my friend Lisa suggested we go there I had to take a minute to think if I would be ok with a non alcohol brunch haha.
The Bloody Mary can either by spiced or non and came with an adorable little mini High Life. I got the non spice due to my low acid tolerance (I’m so old!). It was decent. Nothing super spectacular about it, but I’m all about trying one of the Ice Cream Cocktails next time! I’m a huge fan of adultifying things that I loved as a kid!
Velvet Elvis Hi-Top: Peanut Butter, Honey, Bacon and Banana
When I saw a one of the Hi-Tops in real life I knew that my stomach (and my Instagram feed) needed it. Their Hi-Tops are a Hi-Lo specialty and consist of a variety of topping options on fried pastry dough.
It was so good and made the perfect “appetizer” for brunch. Lisa’s baby Zozo even got in the action by helping us polish off the bananas. A total lady brunch win! We made it through maybe half of it, because we were both trying to save room for our actual food!
Biscuits & Gravy: House biscuits, sausage gravy, and over easy egg
My mouth started watering when I saw Biscuits & Gravy on the menu, so it was an immediate choice for me. So good and so much food. Lisa got the Tex Mex Burrito (vegan style) and loved it as well. We had so many leftovers!
It’s a legitimate diner car so the space is limited and they do not take reservations. We got there around 10:30 and waited about 30 minutes for a table so I would definitely suggest trying to get there earlier for a Sunday brunch. By the time we left there were people lined up outside…in Minnesota winter. Don’t get me wrong the food was delicious, but it was less than 10°…NOPE.
For how busy they were the service was very quick and our waitress checked on us just enough where we felt taken care of, but not rushed.
Four Stars…even though Zozo’s face doesn’t seem like she loved it don’t worry – she did! Haha
Hi-Lo Diner – Minneapolis
4020 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sunday – Thursday: 8AM – 10PM
Friday – Saturday: 8AM – 12AM