Sunnyside Up Cafe RIP

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Sunnyside Up goes down...
The longtime Lyndale Avenue breakfast/lunch spot, Sunnyside Up, won't be rousing any more sleepyheads.

The Southwest Journal noted that the restaurant hasn't been open for several days and that a few of the building's front windows had been broken and boarded up. The business's phone number is disconnected.


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Tony Nelson
A Lyndale Avenue institution goes dark.
Sunnyside was a cheery, casual, somewhat grungy space, with colorful, often syrup-sticky oilcloths covering the tables. Visitors complained about the long lines, lengthy waits, and lack of credit card machine, but typically enjoyed the kitchen's output of modestly priced eats. Sunnyside served basic breakfasts of eggs and toast as well as biscuits and gravy and blue corn pancakes, but its best legacy may be its Corn Flake-coated Santa Fe Railroad French toast.


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San Diego
San Diego

No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved their Huevos Rancheros with Pork.  Where else can I get that in Minneapolis?  I moved here from California 3 yrs ago, and that was the most authentic Mexican food that I've had.  I haven't found one real Mexican Food Taco Shop, or Restaurant in Minneapolis.  I have tried many recommend places and they all Sucked!  I guess, if you don't grow up with real Mexican food, not Texican or American/Mexican, you wouldn't know the real stuff.  What to do now?  God, how I wish I was back in San Diego right now eating at Roberts Taco Shop and in Tijuana having some home made Tortillas!

Peter
Peter

Alas.  Alas, alas, alas.

Defbatface
Defbatface

Another great cultural centerpiece of Uptown down for the count. I will spend the rest of my life trying to recreate the Cowboy Tort, B&G and French Toast. I have a lump in my throat thinking about the fact that I'll never eat there again. 

Iheartobama
Iheartobama

probably could not afford the Minneapolis ever increasing tax burden

Woody
Woody

Best B&G Ever...Epic

reannd
reannd

I am not good at emoticons, but HOLY CRAP this is sad.  This place was a-ma-zing.  *sigh*

Oscar
Oscar

Uptown is ruining everything great about Uptown. First the Uptown Bar, and now this. Maybe another Ipod store can open in the Sunny Side location. We really need another one of those.

Honestly
Honestly

I didn't think it was snarky, all it needed was an age and cause of death.

e.g. "Restaurant X, 22, died of complications related to the economy. It is survived by several chefs who went on to open other restaurants". (it would have been fun to see that for a restaurant like Cafe Un Deux Trois)

Jenny L.
Jenny L.

So sad, my husband and I were at the Sunnyside at least twice a month for years (and always after voting on Election Day) -- we were making the usual weekend trip down there last Saturday, only to find it closed without notice....RIP combo, I will miss you!  

stacey graham
stacey graham

Wow, I called in fake sick to work today and got out of bed thinking about the Sunnyside Biscuits and Gravy and hopped on the bicycle and pedalled over there and it was dark and boarded-up windows and the interior was in disarray and tables gone.  Depressing.

RIP Sunnyside, thanks for the years and years, maybe over a decade, of being my favorite neighborhood breakfast joint. 

hc
hc

As usual, even on a closing notice CP needs to be snarky.....sigh. Great place.

Mojo Marshall
Mojo Marshall

Their french toast was amazing! It was my favorite breakfast spot (after the Uptown Bar closed) in the area.

squipple
squipple

For authentic Mexican, try La Loma in the Midtown Global Market or El Taco Riendo in N Mpls. 

Lrac10
Lrac10

I believe that Dave should have been named the creative food genius of the decade....what wonderful, tasty food he could concoct.   Without him....and his great food...we wouldn't have Sunny Side to kick around two weeks after closing...it would have never made it several years ago.

Awkwardmoment
Awkwardmoment

I am SO SAD!  I loved their food, more than any of the other nearby breakfast places (Egg & I, Uptown Diner).  I just can't believe it.  :(

Dickerson, Big Herb
Dickerson, Big Herb

Thank god a higher evolved being has deigned to visit us poor lowly minions who didn't realize that your way is superior in everyway.  Honestly, could you copy your link here so we can feast upon your perfect ways?

Guest
Guest

Wont the people at General Mills be disappointed to find out you played hookey?!?

Rachel Hutton
Rachel Hutton

Hey hc, not sure why presenting facts is considered snarky. A few of the pros and cons mentioned about Sunnyside Up are from CP staff's personal experience (I'm sure I'm not the only one who had her arm stick to the oilcloth, and that Sara Rice isn't the only one who loved the French toast), and the other are a summary of factors mentioned multiple times in online reviews, such as this compilation:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/sunnys....

There are good and bad things about every restaurant. CP's mission is to give credit where credit is due, but we won't sugar-coat undesirable aspects.

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