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Dinner and a movie


Sun, Feb 12th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

Wednesdays present the perfect opportunity to pick up some Chinese food at Preston Foods during the lunch hour from their hot deli. Above is a picture of my recent meal. And, surprisingly, I wasn�t hungry one hour later!Photo by Jason Sethre

Living in Fountain and working in Preston, populations of 343 and 1,426, respectively, it's really amazing at how many dining options are within a stone's throw away.

We have easily have eight restaurants that most people could name off the top of their heads. However, there is a ninth option that offers a little something off the beaten path.

I remember a little over a year ago when Preston Foods first announced they were going to construct a hot deli section as part of the remodeling plans for the store.

At the time of construction, I had no idea how frequently my wife and I would be using the grocery store as an immediate dining option. On a countless number of times, we have stopped by and picked up a tender Chester Chicken and fresh, hot potato wedges. For a pretty small chunk of change, we can feed a family of four and have enough money left over to rent a movie at Preston Foods. Really, when you consider how much time it takes to prepare the food and then do dishes, it's a no-brainer.

And, during our workdays, we do run up the street from the Fillmore County Journal office and load up on their daily lunch special.

A couple of weeks ago, our team at the office had made great strides with a particular project, so we ordered Chinese food for everyone. The options were Orange Chicken and General Tso's Chicken, along with chicken-fried rice and egg rolls.

When you think about having the option of Chinese food right down the street at our locally-owned grocery store, it's quite remarkable. I am certainly grateful.

And, compliments to the staff working in the deli who strive to keep a live, updated calendar accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.myprestonfoods.com.

What's even better is that two other communities in Fillmore County are lucky enough to have the same dining options. In Harmony, they have Harmony Foods, accessible at www.myharmonyfoods.com, and in Rushford, they have Rushford Foods, accessible at www.myrushfordfoods.com. All of the deli menus are online and available to the general public, so you can plan your family dining experiences accordingly. Ah, the wonders of the Internet!

Thank you to Jim Hoiness, and son Brad Hoiness, for finding a niche such as Chinese food on Wednesdays in Preston, and filling that void. As with anything in our lives, a little variety in life goes a long way.

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Real Bites-The Branding Iron

Sat, Feb 4th, 2012
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A family favorite in our household is definitely the Branding Iron in Preston. I would say there are a handful of restaurants that have a following like the Branding Iron Supper Club.

As a matter of fact, every time I get the opportu ..... 
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Dinner at Old Tyme Cafe

Sat, Jan 28th, 2012
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My wife and I decided to take the kids out for dinner at Old Tyme Cafe & Catering in Chatfield, seeking to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat special that runs from Monday through Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..

This all-yo ..... 
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Real Bites of Los Gables

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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As you stroll down Highway 52, about ten miles south of Chatfield, you'll pass through the neat little town of Fountain, Minn., recognized as the "Sinkhole Capital of the U.S.A." This little town of 343 people (which just grew by a set of twins, as ..... 
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Real Bites at Wheelers Bar & Grill and Roller Rink

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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If you haven't been to Wheelers Bar & Grill and Roller Rink in Harmony, Minn., you are missing out on some awesome food. On a recent Thursday night edition of assembling the page layout of the Journal, along with my brother-in-law Jerry Enright, Tyl ..... 
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Chic's Pizza celebrates 15 years in business

Mon, Jan 23rd, 2012
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Now celebrating 15 years in business, Ib Gatzke, owner of Chic's Pizza, has many reasons to celebrate.

While many restaurants have come and gone in the City of Preston, Chic's Pizza has found a niche to attract a group of regulars wh ..... 
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Real Bites of A & W Drive-in Restaurant

Sun, Jan 22nd, 2012
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On a recent Monday evening, my wife and I decided to take our children out for dinner to the Simpson's A & W Drive-in Restaurant. I have been a lifelong A & W Root Beer fan, remembering my younger years when my parents would buy rootbeer at the A & ..... 
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Real Bites of the Rubaiyat

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
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Movies often portray really romantic dinners as perfection. Not too crowded, a soft whispered hush coming from the scattered patrons of the establishment as they converse to one another, soft mood lighting giving just the right impression.

W ..... 
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Real Bites of Norsland Lefse

Tue, Jan 17th, 2012
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Please raise your hand if you could eat breakfast any time of the day or night!

While I do enjoy an average of nine meals per day -- oh, the gluttony -- breakfast has to be my favorite.

The other day, I had the good fortune of visit ..... 
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