Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Victor’s 1959 Cafe just off Grand Ave, brings a little piece of Cuba to south Minneapolis.
The snug hole-in-the-wall was originally a Shell gas station in the 1920’s and later operated as a Dairy Queen until it became Rick’s Ol’ Time Café.
Victor’s has since become a fast favorite and Cuban go-to.
They serve up authentic Cuban all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. I personally recommend the banana pancakes.
Don’t just take my word for it – Victor’s has an endless list of accolades including Food Network’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives.
Decor, you ask? The Cuban theme flows throughout the restaurant with tropical outdoor patio dining (when it isn’t snowing) and memorabilia, photos and posters on the walls. Speaking of walls, they are covered to the brim with graffiti. Signatures, ahem, autographs, favorite quotes, political and activist slogans, doodles and sweet nothings of past patrons.
It’s a popular space so if you’re coming, especially on a weekend, expect to wait.

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