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The Bad Waitress

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Location: 2 E 26th Street, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-11PM, Sat: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun: 8AM-11PM

Before Eat Street was well…..Eat Street, The Bad Waitress stood prominently at the corner of 26th & Nicollet as a sign of things to come. As the strip grew (Icehouse, Eat Street Social, Black Sheep etc) The Bad Waitress maintained it’s glory as the areas go-to diner. Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood has always been known for it’s wide range of international eats, Thai & Chinese places sit side by side with Mexican & Middle Eastern eateries; while The Bad Waitress embodies the American diner style of restaurant. As with most diners, cool nostalgic posters, toys & records from America’s past adorn every wall; giving you plenty to look at while waiting and eating. Setting itself apart from other diners in Minneapolis, The Bad Waitress strictly buys local; assuring you that everything you eat was in fact produced in the great state of Minnesota. Another cool touch is the comic book & monster themed tables (The Invisible Girl table is primo) that allow for super quick service, our food was laid before us in what felt like one blink of the eye. With all of the great things that can be said about The Bad Waitress, i did leave with 1 pretty insignificant gripe. Other breakfast places like My Kitchen, Uptown Diner & Mickey’s offer more bang for your buck, we know ridiculously large portions are now frowned upon; but when you’re hungover and in need of a monster meal, having to order twice can be dissappointing. All in all, The Bad Waitress is a great place to eat with great service and a cool atmosphere (prime location); however, if you find yourself looking for a feast on a budget, you may want to look elsewhere.

The Nicollet Diner


When people think of Eat Street, classic American diners are pretty much an afterthought. Sure, the Bad Waitress sits on 26th & Nicollet offering up great food, but the lower portion of Eat Street has been neglected. This all changed a few weeks ago when the long awaited Nicollet Diner opened its doors after a grueling remodel. The restaurant has that classic diner feel that you find at other places like Uptown Diner & Mickey’s, but remains relatively low key at the moment, meaning you’ll be able to find a seat quickly, if not instantly. Their menu isn’t necessarily special, but a good diner can easily get away with simply offering great breakfast, good burgers and quality shakes, after all; who cares when all you want to do is soak up last night’s party with fried goodness. Sure, I’ve eaten at better diners, but one can do faaarrr worse when hung over; the food was great and the service was adequate. If you live in Loring or Stevens Square, or if you’re simply in the area, stop in and grab a bite to eat, we guarantee you won’t regret it.