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Sad Day for Skyline Restaurant, Lake City, MN

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I learned today that Skyline Restaurant, where the of Skyline Hotel Condos are on Hwy 61 in Lake City, MN has gone down and out.
It was one of my favorite places, located at the end of Lake Pepin, right there next to the water, where the Pearl boat harbors. The food, though sometimes missed a beat, was more often good and plentiful with very fair pricing.
A little word of advice on the side; never order a steak unless you are in a place that calls themselves a Steak House. It’s a special sort of situation that a restaurant that offers some of everything usually cannot cope with.
Anyway, I am so sad about them going down. A couple of new restaurants came to town and that may have pushed the sack over the bridge. I have been to one, called The Rail House, and it’s good, it has some original recipies, like pizza, and such, but it’s not that much different in its offerings, i think that its just that people like something new. We may get “5 senses blind” to a restaurant, it’s food, it’s ambiance and even it’s staff after a few dozen trips. So we go where everyone else is going to hit the latest trend in dining out.
Good luck to the new owners, if there will be new owners and if so, I hope to write about you, too.

What’s New in Wabasha

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

It’s been such a busy week here, like everyone is realizing hey, it might be the last of summer over the next few weeks. Here in Wabasha, we have had it all. The best of the summer festivities, music, and food!

Our farmer’s market grows each week as more food becomes available from mother earth and I have to say, the last batch of radishes and zuchinni we got was superb. Sweet and delicious.
We got duck eggs and they were great. I made a fast omelet with tomatoes, zuchinni, oregano and vinegar, a dash to lighten up the eggs for me. It was great. I’ll have another tomorrow! The farmer’s market also has three ways to pay. Credit card, ESB card, and another one you have to ask Sara about. Liam played guitar and sang for us and we were happy to give him a gift of money for his efforts.
We have had a few good meals at the Bluff View. Last night, a half a dozen scallops with pineapple salsa on a bed of baby greens was superb at 11 bucks, and the scallop were decent size. My husband had a steak which I thought looked delicious and he said it was indeed. We have also had a very nice Sunday buffet there a couple of times and relished in the fact that everything was so much better than the usual fare. Also about 11 dollars.

What’s New In Wabasha

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This is my first ‘What’s New In Wabasha’ where we will weekly post specials, reminders and notices of happenings, sales and services around Wabasha, MN. We cater to Mom and Pop shops. You know, the kind where you get special products and or services with a special smile attached because we are all in this together and some of us are making
it lots easier for some of us to get it together.

This week because it is my first week, second day of even thinking about this blog, I have two places I want to talk about. Cabbage Patch Garden Center and Floral Gift shops are the first. This lovely compound is hidden from the street view but if you stop and park, you will wonder into a wonderland of plants, shrubs, trees, and more. There is a huge wisteria vine growing over a greenhouse that you will not want to miss and every week the view is updated as the last one got sold! We have purchased many plants and other items from Cabbage Patch and couldn’t be happier with the quality and beauty of our purchases. From rose bushes to wind chimes, all lovely things to help our gardens sparkle!

This week, Brian has some special deals to tell be about and as soon as he does, I’ll tell you.
Cabbage Patch Garden Center
917 Hiawatha Dr W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 565-2995

The second place is Flour Mill Pizzeria in Wabasha. This restaurant with attached ice cream and candy parlor like from the olden days is quite a treasure. I have enjoyed the pizza, fresh as it can be, the lasagna, so Italy, chicken pot pie, Marie Calendar, look out, and lovely red pepper side salad, cannot be denied. If you are hungry on a Monday, they are opened. Nice for me because I am always ready to go out and dine on Mondays. Not so much
Tues or Wed when the Flour Mill is closed.

They have great outdoor seating with the Mississippi River about 100 yards away! And you get to see the whole
river view. So beautiful. Come here to eat after the National Eagle Center, or just come here to eat and you will not be sorry, I guarantee it.

Flour Mill Pizzeria
146 Main St W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 560-4170

Sunday Buffet at Bluff View Bar and Grille at Coffee Mill Golf Club, Wabasha, MN

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

We finally got a chance to try the new buffet as we were encouraged by neighbors who raved about it.
We decided to go and see for ourselves. Isn’t that interesting? Haha. Okay, really, it was good and it
did have everything you would expect for a breakfast buffet including eggs and omelets made to order.
We especially enjoyed the bacon. It and the light patty sausage were very good. Light on the salt.
They put salt on the table, if you want it, go ahead, but don’t make the rest of us suffer. Nice thick bacon, cooked well, not burnt, not stiff like dead wood board, flexible, tasty, but doesn’t taste like maple syrup, apples or grand momma’s raspberry pie. If you want your bacon tasting like other ingredients, let me leave it
up to you to put both together and I’ll just take the bacon.

There were several types of potatoes, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit of all sorts American, mixed vegetables with rice, chocolate chip cookies, a plate of small cinnamon and other sweet rolls. The only thing I did not see was a plate of cheese, and no fish at all. However, I did not miss theses last two items. After all, it is really just a late breakfast.

I did not speak of the ham, pork, and Eggs Benedict because my stomach is just not that big. Maybe you can try them for yourself. To all the rest, I give an A. Thanks to Craig and June, Chef Jeremy and the Staff for a great gathering of food and service.
The Bluffs @ Coffee Mill is available for private events.
Please contact June Alper for details.
She can be reached at 1 (651) 565-4332 or
by email at

Cakes, Etc

Friday, May 24th, 2013

When you happen to be in Plainview, Mn, in southeastern Minnesota, you’d be very sad to hear that you had
missed going to this very tiny, very quaint bakery with giant huge flavor and awesome tastiness when it comes
to their cupcakes, of which I had many.
We had heard through the grapevine that the cupcakes were quite good so we took a little 15 mile hop off Hwy 61 to Plainview and found this bakery shop right away on Broadway and 3rd Street. You cannot miss it as you drive into
town because it is the only pink store on that main strip. Like right out of a kid’s book, this shop sticks right out.

The cupcakes are so good I cannot imagine how they would ever be better. I had the coconut with cherry on top and chocolate cake, I also had the lemon cake and icing with raspberry in the middle and a lemon candy drop atop of lemon icing and raspberry candy coating. The ingredients are top notch and taste as fresh as can be. I also had a brownie, which would be what I could make if I could, and a maple cupcake which was just delish! I also have the nut roll, but no room to eat it a day and a half later. Sorry, you’ll have to see it for yourself.

I would recommend this shop to the Pope and his mom, it’s so good. They also have tea and coffee.

Stop by and tell them Bright and Doug sent you. Have a great time and don’t forget some to take home to your favorite people.
Cake, Etc.
321 W. Broadway
Plainview MN 55964

Wine Tasting Tips

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

I liked this short article on wine tasting tips;

Bluff View Restaurant and Bar at Coffee Mill Golf Course

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Well, it was a very happy Valentine’s Day for me and my sweetheart last Thursday. I have not been out of my house for several weeks now, due to various factors and reasons. So, it was SO good for me to get some take out from the Bluff View Grill. The restaurant has taken on a new chef who seems to know what he is doing. DIdn’t catch his name, but his cooking is El Besto Evero! We didn’t have anything too fancy, but it was done to perfection. I had the almond encrusted walleye with baked potato and relish cream sauce, grilled carrots, peppers, and zuchini with a side salad of baby greens and feta cheese with red onion. And my sweetie had a 14 oz ribeye steak, garlic mashed potatoes, veggies and salad like mine and then we both had the bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce. All under $50, packed up very nicely. I will go there again, and very soon. Hope to see you there.
See for all the details and special hours of operation. Handicap Accessible.

Anderson House

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Sunday Brunch was a nice step back in time when restaurants served food like mom served at home if you were
Pennsylvania Dutch or anything remotely close. Great slices of real ham, lovely strips of bacon, maple flavored sausage, lightly cooked sliced potatoes, three bean salad, green bean with peas, quiche, scrambled eggs, baking soda biscuits, toaster French toast and waffles, mixed seasonal fruit, endless juice, tea, coffee, then desserts; pumpkin bread, lemon cake, double chocolate cake, and brownie bites. All for $11.50 each.

The staff is very friendly, and although the front door has a couple of small steps, due to having to build up a little as it is one block off the Mississippi River, and therefore not handicap accessible, there might be a back way, call first.

The restaurant is only open on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. And the hotel is opened Thursday thru Sunday. Call first.

We very much enjoyed the atmosphere of lovely pieces of furniture and lighting, plus the good food and great staff. We’ll do that again.

Historic Anderson House is opened with antique styled rooms and a lovely Dutch restaurant in Wabasha, MN.
West Main Street

I’m Staying Home

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

We have been getting out to eat as usual, two, maybe three times per week and I just cannot see why I should continue to support some of these many restaurants around town and beyond.  First of all, I know how competitive it is.  With towns under 5,000 population, few people can afford or even want to eat outside of their familial circles.  And then, there seems to be two or three restaurants opening up shortly after others went down.

The mistakes are still being made though.  The people with money are generally older.  Give them comfort.  Cool in summer, warm in winter. Put some padding on the seating.  Why should I go to a restaurant where they don’t care about my comfort level.  Now, some have music, but it is either blaring, or too soft to hear.  Find a happy medium and let me depend on it.  The prices have gone up.  I understand that, but to lessen the already rather miniscule servings is getting borderline ridiculous.  I am a small woman withe a medium appetite and I am going away hungry now.

And for Pete’s sake, leave the chattering-all-about-me waitstaff in the kitchen…I’ll come and get the meal myself if it means I can have an uninterrupted meal without the stuff I don’t want to know and didn’t ask about.  It’s not on the menu!

Make it family friendly.  Either serve pizza and spaghetti, grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese or have a family night where the parents can actually afford a family spread for 4 or 5 members.  Roasted Chicken and potatoes, with a fruit salad, serves 4-6, $19.95. Comes with pitchers of water and milk.

Okay, rant over.  Good luck, out there!

Town And Country Cafe, Kellogg, MN

Friday, March 16th, 2012

There’s a very nice, super clean, but old restaurant in Kellogg you may have missed when visiting Lark’s Toys, one of the ten biggest and best toy shops in the country. That’s because you have to turn to the east off Hwy 61 rather than west to get to Lark’s.

But, turn you should, if you are hungry, in need of some smiling faces, and don’t mind spending a little less than when you go to those fancy places that reside right on the highway. Hey, it’s only about 2-3 blocks off. Don’t be lazy.

The food is good, there are plenty choices so that everyone will find something they like. When all else fails, my hubby says their burgers are the best in the whole southern half of Minnesota. Well, at least out of the 50 or so places where he has had burgers. That’s a dang good recommendation right there.

I loved their fried cauliflower, fresh salads and homemade cauliflower soup. Plus when I asked them for iced de-caf coffee, they came right up with the perfect drink even though they had never served it before. IT was delicious for me, a very fussy iced de-caf coffee drinker.

I also liked their drummie special with fried chicken drum sticks and green beans and mashed potatoes. It reminded me of childhood and home. It all tasted really good. Not too much salt at all, and Patty, the owner of 24 years, told me she only uses real butter. But I didn’t detect too much of that either. A great blessing for those of us over 40, 50 and beyond.

The fries were delicious and I am about to get back their for their pies, which are homemade and look really good. (Inserted later, we have had several of their pies and give them a hearty thumbs up!  Even if you are on a diet, share some and try it!) So, when you are here, go there for lunch or dinner or breakfast. Check the hours. They are not open M-Thurs Evenings.
Look for the pretty lace curtains on the windows and the nice padded chairs for comfortable seating.

Oh, and they only take cash, but there are ATM machines within blocks.

This is from their facebook site:
homecooked meals …specializing in homemade soups and pies. Friday night all you can eat fish and shrimp fry. Also prime rib saturday night. along with all you can eat shrimp.Breakfast served all day. Noon luncheon specials…Monday and Tuesday vary weekly. Wednesday varies monthly. Thursdays feature BBQ pork ribs. Also serving daily Hot Beef mashed potatoes and gravy.

Town & Country Cafe
309 N Belvidere Ave
Kellogg, MN 55945
1 507.767.4593

Mon – Thu: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

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