If you start your visit to the Twin Cities with St. Paul, you have to lunch at Mickey’s Diner to truly experience Americana at its finest. Some places you go for the great food, some you visit for the ambiance. At Mickey’s you get a big slice of both topped with a heaping helping of nostalgia.
Located in a sleek art-deco style dining car reminiscent of days gone by, Mickey’s sits at the corner of Ninth and St. Peter Street, but that hasn’t always been the case. The red and cream wonder was originally built in New Jersey. It was made to be transported easily by railcar and in 1937 it was delivered to its current location where it has been in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ever since.
Although Mickey’s wouldn’t be classified as a high brow eating establishment, the generous portions of top quality comfort food and quirky atmosphere have attracted the likes of Arnold Schwarznegger, Peter Jennings, Emelio Estevez, Liv Tyler, Bill Murray and countless other celebrities and politicians. Dept. 56, a line of exclusive ceramic giftware, immortalized the Mickey’s building in glass. Mickey’s was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, one of only two diners to earn such a distinction.