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“An Icon in the Area” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wagon Wheel Cafe

Wagon Wheel Cafe
Ranked #30 of 143 Restaurants in Mankato
Price range: US$3 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Wagon Wheel Cafe has been a Mankato staple for over 65 years. It has recently reopened with new management. It is a casual diner with low prices. This is a great place to take the family out to eat and not break the bank.
Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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94 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“An Icon in the Area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

The Wagon Wheel Cafe consists of a bygone era. The local folk hang out there and have been telling stories for years. It is full of colorful characters. Food is good, cheap and simple and comes with a side of nostalgia. Many of its regulars have been featured weekly in the Mankato Free Press. A good place to come for good friends, food and the little juke boxes on the wall at your booth. Unfortunately it is closed on Sundays.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Mary S
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Danbury
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

My friend and I went on a road trip and ate only where the locals told us to go. We were very happy that we stopped at the Wagon Wheel Cafe. The food was excellent, try the potato salad and the price was perfect.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank irelade
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Mims, Florida, United States
1 review
“Step Back in Time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

I grew up in Mankato and remember eating here. After many years ,I came back for a visit and this was on the agenda for breakfast.Nothing has changed ,the atmosphere and surroundings took me back to when I was a little girl. The food is good especially the smoked maple sausage links. Service and food was great!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dawn J
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Local Dive - Well known cheap food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

This is a favorite of many locals but I never understood why other than the price. It is one of the cheapest places in town. The seats are ripped, the food is terrible, the service is slow, spacing is crowded, and the atmosphere is decades old. There are so many excellent choices in Mankato that it would be a shame to let this one make it to the top of your choices list.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marcy W
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Columbia, South Carolina
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252 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Great place for Breakfast or Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Great place for Breakfast or Lunch as it closes at 4:00pm. Good service, good healthy food, prompt service and reasonably sized portions. As part of the experience to step back in the past, they do not accept credit cards, only cash or checks. Most of the decoration is based on the TWINS (baseball team). Also a book "Wagon Wheel Project" is available and has black and white pictures and stories about their frequent customers.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maravalj
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