Val’s Rapid Service 

For as long as I can remember, this historic, hole-in-the-wall, messy, legendary St. Cloud staple has been on my bucket list. Val’s is famous for their generous portions of greasy fries, sugary shakes and made to order burgers. Home in a 490-square-foot building that was originally a Pure Oil gas station, Val’s Rapid-Serv opened on Memorial Day 1959. Named after Val Henning, the trademark sign was repurposed from an old shoe company. Starting as a seasonal business and later moving to a year round venture, Val ran the restaurant until 1979, before selling to his sons. The place is tiny, but so, so worth the cramped quarters.

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