4020 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Sunday through Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
It’s Friday, October 6, 2017 and nearly midday and eating breakfast would require shopping so we go to the Hi Lo Diner. It is a 1957 Fodero Diner recently transplanted from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania to the corner of Lake Street and 44th Avenue South. It’s a shiny stainless-steel art deco building with a red neon Hi Lo Diner sign on the roof. There is a parking lot on the side and plenty of parking on the street. It is about 2/3s full, mostly Seward-types and a fairly broad range of ages. We get a table in the window. Despite the number of people the noise level is reasonable, allowing easy conversation.
The menu includes Hi-tops, Breakfast, Appetizers, A La Carte, Sandwiches, Silos, Bowling/Greens and Diner Entrees. The Hi-Tops are a layer of fried doughnut dough covered with mounds of savory to dessert like toppings ranging from mac and cheese, baked apples, buttermilk fried chicken to custard. These are enormous, artistic looking concoctions ranging in price from $10 to $12. Two substantial sized women sitting next to us ordered one to share and could not finish it. Breakfasts run from $9.50 to $12.50. I order hash stuffed hash and it is delicious, but I am served about half again more than I can hope to eat. Nancy orders the Fodero which includes two eggs any style, toast or English muffin, hash browns or country potatoes, and a choice of meat. She substitutes pancakes for the potatoes and it too is more than she can eat. They also have a couple of Tex-Mex items and some glammed up takes on standard diner fare. Their appetizers include a variety of outrageous things you can do with French fries, cheese curds, pretzels, and some deep-fried items. Their a la carte menu includes a dozen or so items at $2.25 to $6.00. A couple of them could make a reasonable meal. The sandwich selection is impressive – burgers, pulled pork, crispy chicken, club, turkey and a vegan offering. A normal sized person will not be able to finish the sandwich and the sides that come with it. Same goes for the Silos which are an enormous mound of meat packed between two slices of bread. Salad offerings are likewise creative and large. The entrees include meatloaf, fish & chips, smoked brisket, mac n cheese, pulled pork chili and diner benedict.
They serve wine, cocktails and beer. Their tap beer selection includes a couple of local ciders and a decent selection of local craft beer. I have a Steel Toe Provider to go with my hash. They also have a dessert menu and a kid’s menu.