It’s a donut but it’s not. It’s sweet and savory and piled high and makes you want to stare at it but also dive in before you’ve had enough time to snap a picture. It’s what’s known as a Hi-Top in a diner that moved from Pennsylvania to Minneapolis and it’s phenomenal.
We’re speaking of the Hi-Lo Diner, of course, on Lake Street, just a few blocks down from the mighty Mississippi.
This place is legendary around here for not only its Hi-Tops but also for its pancakes, hash and expertly crafted cocktails after dark.
That’s when we showed up. It was 11 p.m. on a Friday night and we needed something savory. “Why not start with a plate of bacon?” our server asks. We say yes and within minutes, two thick cut slabs of bacon covered in a maple-bourbon syrup were in front of us–and gone within seconds.
Then we went ahead and got a few cocktails and ordered our Hi-Tops. The Gary Coop’er was eyeing us from the beginning, fried dough topped with buttermilk fried chicken, maple-bourbon syrup, country style gravy and arugula. We also had to have the Maine Squeeze, the Hi-Top version of a lobster roll, which also featured a citrus glaze, avocado and sriracha aioli.
We opted for the evening, as this place is packed all day long, and waits can get into the 60 minute mark on a weekend morning. The food was divine, the cocktails we got were just as good, the service excellent and the vibe fitting. Who doesn’t like sitting at an old diner counter from the 50s?
We hope this post would give you incentive to go, but chances are you’ve already heard of this place and have been a couple times. If that’s not that case, then what are you waiting for?