$7 for $15 Worth of Creative Brunch Food at Uptown Diner

Minneapolis

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$7 for $15 Worth of Creative Brunch Food

From chocolate-chip-cookie-dough pancakes ($7.75) and Kamikaze sourdough french toast ($9.50) to caramel-apple-crisp waffles ($8.50), the menu puts a creative spin on classic breakfast food. The carnita benedict ($9.95) balances the sweeter options with a savory biscuit crowned with pulled pork, refried beans, and eggs, and lunchtime fare includes sandwiches such as a BLT on sourdough bread ($8.75).

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Uptown Diner

Uptown Diner’s chefs serve classic breakfast and lunch dishes with creative twists. They revamp the waffle with a topping of cooked cinnamon-apple chunks, caramel, whipped cream, granola, and cinnamon sugar. And chocolate-chip cookie-dough and pineapple upside-down pancakes are among their other sweet breakfast options. Those with recently pulled sweet teeth can check out the catfish breakfast or one of five varieties of eggs benedict. During lunchtime hours, chefs toss cashews into a chicken-salad sandwich and serve the Uptown burger on thick-cut sourdough toast.

Reviews

Uptown diner is great! The food is classic and the portions are huge. The atmosphere is always very lively so it's always a great spot to meet friends

Marie S., Yelp, 1/6/13

Breakfast = amazing.

Glendon S., Yelp, 8/13/12

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    Minneapolis

    2548 Hennepin Ave

    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405

    612-874-0481

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In a Nutshell

A creative menu spans both breakfast and lunch in the form of pineapple upside-down pancakes and cashew-chicken-salad sandwiches

The Fine Print

Expires Sep 4th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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