I've been going to the Dinkytowner for about two years now (I've lived in the Twin Cities area for a bit over two years) and there's a reason I keep coming back.
It's in a great location, but you don't have to deal with the stereotypical college kids who show up to get wasted.
The menu is cheap and almost every menu choice gives you more than enough food, even for my boyfriend who needs a lot of food to fill him up. There are also a lot of vegetarian and vegan options, which is extremely nice.
This place has been the hangover breakfast/lunch choice for a while not only because of the amazing food, but also because the atmosphere on a weekend morning is quiet enough and dark enough to not aggravate a headache.
We also love going there during the week for happy hour and on the weekends for going out. Everyone that I've take here has loved it. The pool tables also allow for some fun and socializing while drinking.
As far as the service, it's pretty good. There are a couple of servers and bartenders who shine, mostly because they've been there for a while and they know exactly what they're doing. I have had a couple of bad servers, but it's not been enough to keep me away.
I've also attended a number of the music events, though because a lot is hip-hop or dancy, I don't go often. When I have, though, the barstaff has always been on their game and are quick to serve you and quick to bring you your tab when you're done.
Overall, I recommend this place to people who like chill atmosphere and laid-back staff.
Pros: Great atmosphere, stiff drinks, cheap & tasty food
Cons: Some waitstaff is under par