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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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With an egg atop this 1/3 pound cheese-smothered hamburger patty, The Cracked Egg presented an opportunity to brush up on my German. Photo by Jason Sethre

Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum.

And, Adam has brought a fresh new feel and taste to the restaurant under the name The Cracked Egg.

While the success of his business is a balancing act between locals and tourists, his menu and ambiance easily cater to both.

As I was visiting with Lanesboro business owners involved in promoting their support for the upcoming Buffalo Bill Days, I had to take a rare break for lunch.

I had wanted to stop by The Cracked Egg for quite some time, and I finally found the time was right. The sun, the moon, and the eggs were aligned.

So, I stopped by this new Lanesboro restaurant and found a seat towards the back of the restaurant. I observed about 30 people filling tables with conversation and laughter.

There was one particular table in which I overheard accents that weren’t so foreign to me. I studied four years of German, and I recognized some Deutschlanders. Now my German is pretty rusty, so thankfully they were speaking English the majority of the time.

It was like an international dining experience. Just think of all of the Europeans who visit our little corner of Minn. We live and work in this beautiful area, and they come to experience what we may sometimes take for granted. Their presence sparked a number of other thoughts, as I scanned the menu to find a perfect fit for my appetite.

When traveling to other areas or even other countries in which we’ve never been, my wife and I have often heard horror stories of how we need to be careful to not stray from certain areas or stay out too late.

When tourists visit this area, they don’t have to worry about anything. We live in safe communities, and there really is no other comparison in my book. What happens in Fillmore County, stays in Preston at 901 Houston Street NW.

Lest I digress from my soapbox of the greatness of our area. Back to the menu.

At The Cracked Egg, my first selection in the July 2015 Real Bites draft was the cheeseburger with egg. Now, just to clarify, that is an egg on top; not on the side. And, that was my hope. To combine a fried egg sandwich with a cheeseburger is simple perfection.

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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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A View From the Woods - 7.20.15

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
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Garden Artistry Picture a warm, breezy evening. Four of the most beautiful gardens in the county await as you set off on a tour exploring how four gardeners created their individual artistic expressions on the landscape. With great anticipation, yo ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from your garden: Kale and Potato Gratin

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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Earlier this year I planted four kale seedlings in my garden, and then totally forgot about them. Kale is a simple leafy green from the brassica family (which means it’s related to cabbages and broccoli, among other plants) and has been cultivated ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an ..... 
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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric t ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and ..... 
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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