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A Frenchy and some skates


Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in All Real Bites

The Frenchy Burger married with potato skin fries and a side of horseradish dipper (not a beverage). Photo by Jason Sethre



Back by popular demand, I am reviewing area restaurants again. It will be off and on as time permits and as new restaurants open or modify their menus.

On Friday, February 26, 2016, our family trekked on over to Harmony to try out Estelle’s Eatery & Bar. My wife has been talking about all of us going out for dinner at Estelle’s for quite some time. When the owners, Matt and Heidi Brown, got hitched a few years back, my wife was the photographer for their wedding. I remember when she came home from that wedding and talked about how Matt and Heidi made incredible food for their own wedding. Yes, they catered their own wedding! Impressive, to say the least.

So, when Matt and Heidi opened up a restaurant in Harmony, naturally my wife was anxious.

With our busy schedules, it just wasn’t happening. And, I have to say I cheated a little bit. I had a taste of Estelle’s Eatery & Bar at least a couple of months before my wife. On occasion, I order lunch for our staff at the Fillmore County Journal and SMG Web Design, and we had ordered from Estelle’s a few times. Every time my wife would hear about this lunch affair with the new Harmony hot spot, I was in the dog house.

Finally, on this particular Friday evening, we put it on the calendar. It was going to happen.

When we arrived at Estelle’s Eatery & Bar, we were amazed at the crowd. It was packed from front to back; not an available seat in the house. As it has been said in the past, a busy restaurant is a good sign of outstanding food and service to match.

We were lucky enough to claim some seats when another group left. And, then it came time to order our food. There were so many great choices, it was difficult to pick one.

I kept eyeing The Frenchy Burger with a horseradish dipper (sauce) on the side. This delicious burger, paired with a pile of fresh cut potato skin fries, was the best burger I’ve had in a very, very long time. I know when we place our office take-out orders, this will be my first request. Oh, and as an appetizer, you must try the pork nuggies.

There are seriously so many great things on the menu, it’s worth trying them all during numerous visits. And, that’s our plan.

After an outstanding meal with my wife, daughter, and son at the doorstep of downtown Harmony -- Estelle’s Eatery & Bar -- we aimed to do some skating at Wheeler’s Bar .....
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Voted Best Panini by Me

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in All Real Bites

On September 11, 2015, I visited Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., to meet with our new reporter slated to cover all the happenings in Houston. Since we expanded our distribution into Houston a couple years ago -- adding another 1,400 househo ..... 
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Real Bites 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Real Bites

A warm snowman brings a smile Do you remember when we had a late start a couple Fridays ago? This was one of those mornings when the temperatures were dipping to 35 below with windchill. So, didn’t have to get the kids to school at Fillmor ..... 
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Time to grill?

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Real Bites

While I usually write about a restaurant in our area, this special holiday edition of Real Bites takes us on the road to rural Spring Valley. There’s an awesome place out in the country where you can find an excellent cut of meat presented by a ..... 
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Easy Brown Sugar Pork Roast

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Real Bites

1 (3-5 pound) pork shoulder 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/2 cup water or apple juice 1 tsp. salt Preheat oven to 400. Place pork in a roasting pan. Pour Worcestershire sauce ov ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in All Real Bites

CONNOISSEUR is a French word meaning a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, especially in the fine arts or matters of taste. Well, not to brag but I am a connoisseur...........of cardboard boxes ! It has taken me ..... 
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Real Bites - Fresh food, fresh look in Lanesboro

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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Have you been to Pedal Pushers Cafe lately? If not, you really should. A few months ago, as I watched the graphics on their windows take shape, I was looking forward to seeing what else was changing on the inside of the restaurant. On Friday, Apri ..... 
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Real Bites - Intermission

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Real Bites

A Perfect Combination Surely, you’ve been to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro before. If you haven’t, you really should check it out. And, before a 7:00 p.m. show at the Commonweal, you’ll want to book a dinner reservation at Intermissi ..... 
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Real Bites - Chat-N-Chew

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Real Bites

Chat it up The other day, Duane Gilbertson, owner of Duane Gilbertson Construction, joined me for lunch at Chat-N-Chew in Lanesboro. The owner, Roger Baker, was taking care of business that day, so he stopped by our table to take our order. Whil ..... 
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