On Father’s Day we headed into Alexandria, MN for breakfast at our favorite little spot, Downtown Diner. A no frills operation which is generally packed with people, this diner sports a full menu, a single cook, and a single waitress who remembers exactly what you ordered last time even if it was your first time.
While The Wife has ordered several different menu items, I have always stuck with the Hungry Man which includes a mind boggling two eggs, two bacon slices, a sausage patty, two sausage links, a piece of ham steak, and toast for just over $7. After our first visit we realized we didn’t need to order the kids two meals because their pancake breakfast, which takes up 3/4 of a dinner plate, feeds them both just fine (we’re told the adult sized pancakes take up the entire plate, plus some, and are more than one).
The food is simple but well done. The Wife loves that they make really thick bacon and I love that their sausage links are almost the size of brats. The fact that they remember your order after your first visit and never let your coffee drop below 2″ from the top are just some of the reasons I love the place. However, there is one item which we have seen on each visit but didn’t try until yesterday–their caramel rolls.
Bob’s Caramel Rolls (listed as ‘carmel rolls’ on the whiteboard) are $2.29 each and tower over the small plate on which they are presented. They come out warm and glistening with a thick coating of smooth and sweet caramel and, as if the caramel wasn’t enough, they come with a side of warm butter to add on if you so choose. Now, as many of you know, I am not into desserts or pastries all that much. In fact, I generally avoid them at all costs and let The Wife do the reviews of that side, however, I was so very glad I gave these a try.
The roll was more than enough for two of us but in the future I’m keeping one all to myself as it was that good. Nothing like the dense and dry caramel rolls which usually grace diners, this one was light, fluffy, and sweet. Cutting off pieces with a fork, I was shoveling them into my mouth as fast as I could to try and steal just one more piece before The Wife could take another from me. Coupled with the coffee, this was something which I mentioned on Twitter was well worth the $45 in gas it would take to get there.
I love Downtown Diner in Alexandria for so many reasons and highly recommend it if you happen to be driving through the area or, as I mentioned on Twitter, if you are in the mood for a nice drive and a great reward at the end.
Have you eaten at Downtown Diner in Alexandria? If so what did you have and what did you think? Where else can you find delectable caramel rolls? Where is your favorite diner anywhere? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
411 1/2 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN 56308