Uncle Louis Cafe in Duluth, MN

Eric Faust / Heavy Table

Eric Faust / Heavy Table

The coffee is black, the omelets are thick, and the hash browns are plentiful. When Uncle Louis opened on November 2, 1993, they had one goal: “making the best breakfast in town.” Pizza Luce, the Amazing Grace, and Chester Creek Cafe all offer breakfasts that can rival and sometimes surpass Uncle Louis Cafe, but if you are looking for an omelet, a bottomless cup of coffee, and a hearty tablespoon of whipped butter on your French toast, Uncle Louis is the place.

Eric Faust / Heavy Table

Eric Faust / Heavy Table

Uncle Louis Cafe is the Duluth version of Al’s in Dinkytown. The L-shaped bar is lined with emerald green stools that give customers on the end a full view of the cooks flipping hash browns and cracking eggs. Three eggs with black olives, tomatoes, onions, and green pepper, cheddar cheese, and taco meat make up the Taco Omelet ($6.59), one of the best sellers on the menu. Served with a side of American fries or hash browns and toast, pancakes, or French toast, it is hard to believe that you can get it all for less than $7.

Other popular entrees include the eggs benedict (ham), florentine (spinach), or theodora (gyros meat). Each comes with sides. The French toast or pancakes are popular sides because of the homemade apple cinnamon syrup that are available alongside blueberry and regular syrup.

On April 19, 2007, Uncle Louis Cafe shut down after a serious fire caused by an electrical short. Customers demanded that the cafe reopen, and owner Penny Briddell worked hard to reopen as soon as possible. Half a year later — on November 2, 14 years after the original opening — Uncle Louis Cafe reopened serving up the same menu that they always have.

They have no plans to change, and people would be upset if they did. Uncle Louis Cafe is a black coffee, eggs, and hash browns kind of place that is doing everything they can to meet their goal of  “serving the best breakfast in town.”

Uncle Louis Cafe
520 E 4th St
Duluth, MN 55805
Mon-Fri 6am-2:45pm
Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm
OWNER: Penny Briddell

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  1. I’d say Jim’s Hamburgers in West Duluth is the Al’s Breakfast of Duluth.

  2. Thanks! I’ve been looking for an alternative to Perkins for Black Friday.

  3. Is this the same pancake recipe as the old Louis’ cafe in Superior? They had the best pancakes in the world!

  4. Lee Putnam 06/28/2010 Reply

    Hi Everyone at Uncle Louis! Hello Penny My Friend. How are You.
    Luv Ya!

  5. F Dale Odim 10/17/2010 Reply

    I eat at Uncle Louie’s, every weekend I am in town for a UMD football game. It is one of my 2 favoorite breakfast places in the world. The other one being Pamela’s in Pittsburgh.

  6. Leah Z 08/03/2012 Reply

    Hi Penny! This is Leah Z (Teddi’s friend) God bless you and I love you!! :)

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