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The food is greasy. There’s almost nowhere to sit. The only music comes from a radio playing loudly in the back of the kitchen. And yet, my trip to The Band Box restaurant was one of the most enjoyable I’ve had in my almost two years of living in downtown Minneapolis.

It’s a restaurant that holds the title of being the oldest diner in Minneapolis. It was prominently featured in Disney’s D2: The Mighty Ducks. It’s a restaurant that every North Central student has walked by on their way to Foundations Of Leadership – but how many of us have ever stopped inside? I hadn’t. So one day over spring break, a few friends of mine who had also never been decided to visit.

The first thought I had when entering the diner was “Where am I going to sit?” Don’t let the first impression of it being a run down diner fool you. The Band Box has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. They specialize in burgers and sandwiches, but also have a variety of breakfast foods such as pancakes and omelets to suit your appetite.

The staff is friendly and the atmosphere reminds one of a place where everyone is welcome, no matter who you are or where you’re from. Despite being open only from 9 AM to 4 PM, The Band Box does remarkably good business. It was almost full when we arrived, yet we were served promptly.

When our food arrived (and quickly I might add), it smelled great and tasted even better. The best thing: the price. Don’t expect to pay more than you would at an Applebee’s or Old Chicago.

If you’re more concerned about finding a great, affordable meal than watching your waistline, the Band Box is the place for you. Stop by sometime and experience one of Minneapolis’ best-kept secrets.