This week, I basically picked Randolph Griddle because they have gluten-free pancakes, or, ‘hotcakes,’ as Randolph likes to call them. And this place satisfied my craving, but didn’t ‘WOW!’ me.
The Overall Experience
Randolph Griddle was overall slightly above average. We had good service, decent coffee, and pretty good food, all for a low, low price. It doesn’t stack up as a top ten contender, but we enjoyed ourselves.
The Venue and Service
Our waitress was the grandmother I wish I had: Jolly, caring, and always carrying a pot of coffee. She let us take our time scouring the large menu and left a pot of coffee at our table while still continuing to ask if I needed more coffee. I hearted her. The venue itself was pretty spacious and had lots of seating, including both booths and tables. It definitely resembles a hometown place, with a classic diner-ish feel.
The Food and Coffee
The breakfast menu is a giant one. They have everything you could ever want and they have six options of each. If you like your options, Randolph is for you. Randolph is also for you if you like all of your options to be reasonably priced. This place was downright cheap compared to most other venues on the Tour. However, though it was cheap, my breakfast wasn’t fantastic. I ordered the Gluten-Free Hotcakes ($6) with bananas (+$1) and a side of eggs ($2) while my friend chose the Waffles, Chicken, and Gravy (price unknown). My pancakes were okay, but you could definitely tell they lacked gluten, meaning they were a little dry and flat-tasting. But, on the bright side, my side of eggs were perfectly fluffy and a bit overdone – just the way I like ’em!
My breakfast companion enjoyed her breakfast. Her chicken and waffles came with a side of hashbrowns, which resembled chunks of french fries all grilled together. They were also nice and perfectly crispy. But the chicken and waffle were overall just fine. The fried chicken was pretty classic and the waffle resembled one that comes from a traditional Betty Crocker mix. The gravy on the side was the real champ, giving the overall dish a chicken fried steak kind of feel. So, all in all, she felt it was good, but not super fantastic.
Randolph is a cute lil place that serves up decent food at a fantastic price. I’d say it’s one of the better hometownish places that we’ve been to so far. Plus, any day you can have GF pancakes (even if they’re not the best you’ve ever had) is a good day in my book.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 9
Menu Variety: 10
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking and small lot available
Average Score: 8.3
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1333 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105