Al’s Breakfast Blue Wally Pancakes

Blue Wally Pancakes with blueberries and walnuts are a specialty of this Dinkytown diner.

Afternoons-and Coffeespoons Plate of Blue Wally Pancakes

Al’s Breakfast is known for long lines, being the narrowest restaurant in Minneapolis, its humble beginning as an alleyway between two buildings and its sassy staff.

It has also received many accolades including a James Beard Foundation award, twice featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and reviewed on the website Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern.

It is popular with college students at the nearby University of Minnesota and out of towners.  Its reputation is known far and wide as being THE place to go for an unforgettable breakfast experience.


Afternoons-and-Coffeespoons Blueberries in small strainer in the sink

If you want to enjoy Blue Wally Pancakes without the drama and someone standing behind you breathing down your neck waiting for your stool, you can now make them at home.  And what better time to make then than Pancake Day.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  It is a way to use up some of the richer foods; butter, eggs, milk, and sugar, that people often abstain from during lent.

These Blue Wally pancakes would be the perfect choice for your Pancake Day celebration.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner, pancakes make a satisfying meal, especially these wheaty beauties.  

Afternoons-and-Coffeespoons Red whisk in a bowl with white and wheat flour

I have had this recipe for ages and has become my go to blueberry pancake recipe.  I clipped it from a feature Parade Magazine (an insert that comes with a Sunday newspaper delivery) was doing on diner food and featured the recipe from Al’s Breakfast.

I make the pancakes in a smaller size so they can be reheated in the toaster. This recipe makes more than the three of us can eat in one sitting so I wrap the cooled leftovers in plastic wrap in sets of two and put them in a freezer bag. For quick weekday breakfasts I just take out a package, unwrap the plastic and drop them into the toaster.

Miss Scarlet does not like nuts, so I add some chocolate chips to hers after I pour the batter on the griddle and others get chopped walnuts sprinkled on. Topped with warm maple syrup or a large pat of butter, breakfast does not get better than this  🙂 .  Of course, these Cocoa Pancakes are pretty darn good, too.

Afternoons-and-Coffeespoons Blue Wally pancakes cooking on a griddle.



[yumprint-recipe id=’22’]Now it’s your turn.  What is your favorite pancake recipe or your go to diner for pancakes?

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