Feb 052012

Cuisine: American, Breakfast
Restaurant Features: Cash-Only, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 1446 Rice St  St Pal, MN 55117 651-489-0020
Hours: Daily 5am-3pm
Links: Coffee Cup Website * Google Map

Atmosphere: This year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Coffee Cup on Rice St, making it one of the oldest breakfast joints in the city.  The front room where you enter has booths as well as a couple of counter-top dining benches that seat six on each side.

The dining room swings around the corner where several wooden tables lead back into an atrium.

Menu: Breakfast Items are served all day at Coffee Cup.  Dishes include Steak &Eggs, Grilled Pork Chop and Eggs, Grilled Chicken and Eggs, Hamburger Steak & Eggs, Ranch Breakfast, French Toast, and Buttermilk Pancakes.

Specialty Omelets are made with three eggs and include Everything, vegetable, Denver, Ham & Cheese, Gyros, Mushroom & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Bacon & Cheese, Sausage & Cheese, and Feta Cheese.

Salads include Greek, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Combination Salad.

Sandwiches served Monday-Friday and come with choice of potato and cup of soup: Grilled Bacon  Cheese, Bacon Cheeseburger, Hamburger, Tuna Salad Sandwich, and Reuben.  Additional sandwiches include Bacon & Egg, Ham & Egg, Sausage & Egg, Grilled Cheese, Fish, Fried Ham, Denver, Club House, Pork Cutlet and Grilled Chicken.

Burgers served daily include Patty Melt, Hamburger, Jumbo Hamburger, Cheeseburger, California Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger, Jumbo Cheeseburger, Texas Melt, and California Hamburger Deluxe.

Entrees served daily include Roast Sirloin of Beef with Mashed Potatoes, Roast Turkey, Hot Turkey Sandwich, Hot Beef Sandwich, Breaded Pork Chops, Grilled Pork Chops, Gyro Sandwich, Sirloin Steak, Hamburger Steak, Beef with Onions or Bacon, Pork Cutlet, Fried Chicken, Boneless Chicken Strips, Breaded Cod, Steak & Shrimp, Fried Shrimp.

Coffee Cup also has desserts including Cheesecake, Ice Cream, Cake, Apple Pie, Banana Cream Pie, lemon Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and French Silk Pie.
Price guide: Breakfast $6-13
Weekly Specials:

  • Tuesdays: Baked Meatloaf

What we ordered: I started with a cup of Chicken Dumpling Soup.  It was delicious; hot and flavorful with a good amount of bite-sized dumplings and shredded chicken.

One of my companions and I decided to split the Reuben Sandwich. I knew better than to order a Reuben at a diner and the sandwich was about what I expected; cheap, processed corned beef and Swiss cheese. I did like the grilled bread and sauerkraut though, they were good, as were the steak cut fries.

Another companion ordered the Gyro, which contained pre-sliced strips of gyro meat layered onto pita bread.  The tomato and onion were thrown on top, Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Another companion ordered a Cheeseburger with Fries and a side of Coleslaw.  It looked like your basic 1/4lb frozen beef patty but I heard no complaints!

The coleslaw looked good and it was a really big portion.

The last of us ordered the Denver Omelet with Hashbrowns. This three-egg omelet had peppers, onion and ham and a lot of American cheese inside and out.  It was served with a giant pile of hashbrowns and buttered toast.

Service:   Our server was nice and our food was prepared quickly. Coffee Cup is CASH ONLY, so be prepared.
Overall Impression: I personally wasn’t impressed by the food at Coffee Cup but it is a St Paul breakfast institution with big portions at very reasonable prices.
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Sep 182011

Cuisine: Burgers
Restaurant Features: Cash Only
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 3500 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612) 722-7072

Hours: Daily 11am
Links: Matt’s Bar Website * Matt’s Bar on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Matt’s Bar is located in South Minneapolis on Cedar Ave at 35th St, in the same stand-alone building that has been its home since 1954.  The space is  open and boxy with booths along one side and the bar on the other, with tables in between.  The dark paneled walls and lack of windows definitely made it feel more like a bar than a restaurant.  There also is no kitchen, just a flat-top grill behind the bar.   Neon lights and beer signs brightened up the place a bit.

Menu: Appetizers include French Fries.

Burgers and Sandwiches include Jucy Lucy, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese, Dbl Cheeseburger, Ham & Cheese, Chicken Sandwich.
Price guide: $3-6

What we ordered: This was my first visit to Matt’s Bar and the burger was an obvious choice for me (sans American Cheese).  Served in wrapped paper, these burgers aren’t very big but they sure are good! Matt’s offers fried onions with the burgers so I gave it a go. Good stuff, albeit a little greasy.

My companion ordered a couple of Jucy Lucys, each of which is about 1/3 lb.  The inside was molten American cheese that could burn your face in .2 seconds if you aren’t careful! The patty was served atop pickle rounds.

We also shared a Basket of Fries, crispy shoestrings.

Service: Our visit was at mid-afternoon on a weekday and it was completely full with a few waiting.  We bellied up to the bar for about five minutes before a booth became available.  We placed our order within ten minutes of sitting and the food arrived less than ten minutes after that.  We were presented with a bill at the end of the meal, which we paid at the bar on the way out. Cash only!
Overall Impression: We thought the burgers at Matt’s were really good, the Jucy Lucy even ranks in the top 4 for TCRB Editor Picks: Best Jucy Lucys (coming soon!)
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