CREEPING CHARLIE FINALLY ATE HAMLINS!!
With a new breed of chain operations sweeping across downtown like creeping-charlie serving scones with strange combinations of fruit, nuts and berries; sticky crusted flake pastries and four buck fortified juices, it's nice to step back every once and awhile to Minneapolis of yester-millenium. Hamlin's is a tiny lunch counter located across the Mall from Neiman-Marcus and you'll want to get there early because by 2:00pm they'll be closed. Pancakes, crusty hashbrowns, eggs to order, grilled things that will take you back to the 1960s, like grilled cheese sandwich, onion rings, turkey melt and a selection of pies make this downtown dining a trip down memory lane.
If you remember being a kid and having a day off for teacher conferences and being pulled out of school for a dentist appointment, Mom would take you to Hamlins as a special treat for "being good" -- not biting the dental assistant as she tried to stuff gum numbing cotton balls into your lower cheek. Even though it felt like all the liquids were flowing out the corner of your mouth ("Use you napkin" mother would sternly remind), that crunchie, crusty goodness of your grilled cheese sandwich made it all feel better.