Head to Twin Cities' Hi-Lo Diner For a Unique Eating Experience

Originally a '57 Fodero Diner, this retro eatery is a great addition to the Minneapolis brunch scene

A salmon Benedict with grilled asparagus and a generous scoop of hollandaise? Sign us up!


After a night out, a Bloody mary and a hearty egg dish is the perfect cure for any hangover. Minneapolis has a growing brunch scene, especially during the summer when folks like to sit out on the porch and indulge in a bottomless mimosa brunch. One of the newer dining options for brunch is Hi-Lo Diner.

Though this diner opened in 2015, it was an original 1957 Fodero Diner, which was actually transported from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania to Minneapolis, Minnesota in order to continue its life as a great American eatery.

During my trip, it was a perfectly sunny day so we voted to dine al fresco. When you first walk in, your eyes are immediately drawn to the glass case of dessert, urging you to check back after your meal for some sweets. They serve all types of pies that range from a creamy lemon meringue to their signature Sweet T, you really can’t go wrong!

We were seated immediately on the porch and began to make the biggest decision of the day ― what to order? One of the best things about Hi-Lo Diner is that its breakfast menu is served all day. We had to try one of the signatures. After a few minutes of debate, I had two options to pick from: the Gary Coop’er and the Lox & Dam Benedict.

One of the diner's specialties are items call Hi-Tops ― a hot, freshly fried dough that is topped with either sweet or savory items. The Gary Coop’er was one of these Hi-Tops, and came with a piece of buttermilk fried chicken and covered in maple-bourbon syrup, country gravy, and micro arugula. My second option was the Lox & Dam Benedict.

I am a sucker for smoked salmon and given that this dish had it piled on top of toasted English muffins with poached eggs, chive, capers, and hollandaise, I was quite torn between which dish to order. Ultimately, I chose to go with the Benedict to keep things light and save some room for dessert!

Hi-Lo’s overall menu is top-notch when it comes to breakfast items, covering the entire spectrum of flavors. The dinner menu has all types of sandwiches and your typical diner-inspired entrées like a chicken pot pie (named the Turnpike Pot Pie) and the Commercial ― a white Cheddar biscuit that is topped with prime rib, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Swoon! They even have late night happy hour with great deals to close off a day. My experience at Hi-Lo was a great one and I am excited to go back to try that Hi-Top!

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