Modern Times is a welcome addition to the American diner-foods world of the Twin Cities. It's a quaint, cozy place with really friendly and attentive service.
I came twice, both times for breakfast, and got to try a bunch of dishes.
The wild rice pancakes ($5) were awesome: totally Minnesotan; fresh; filling; and just plain tasty. They're by far the best vegan pancakes in the Twin Cities.
The bagel with tofu spread, spinach and tomato ($4) was really hefty and hard to eat. It's the type of sandwich that spills out all over your plate and makes a mess. I wasn't impressed with the taste of it, either; I think a more traditional bagel sandwich would have been better (maybe with a vegan sausage patty and some cashew "cheese"?).
As far as the tofu scramble/hash plates go, the vegan dishes all kind of blended together, in my opinion. The Tucson Hippy ($7) and the Not Your Mother's Migas ($8), for example, have nearly identical ingredient lists.
I liked the Migas slightly better, especially with the addition of some spicy chorizo. That said, the dish felt sparse and not particularly filling. It also was the type of dish that gets soggy and less appealing very quickly (owing to the nature of the tortilla chips getting soft with the moisture of the sauces). The chorizo pieces and the tofu, too, were cut up too small, and there wasn't enough of either; I would have preferred larger chunks of each and more quantity.
Lastly, they also have some quality loose-leaf tea options here, which is always a pleasure.
On a whole, Modern Times is good. I just think they could add a few more varied vegan options that are distinct from one another (the addition of vegan breakfast sandwiches would change everything), and also make small changes on the fine details of dishes.