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Shawnee's serves up a slice of BBQ heaven


By Sheena Tollefson

Sun, Jul 8th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

Do you remember as a kid the long list of foods you didn't like or were unwilling to try? What about the things you didn't like but couldn't live without now as an adult? The biggest two on my list: mustard and barbecue. They're two of my favorite flavors now but you'd have to pull my teeth out before I'd eat them as a youngster.

Now, when I go to restaurants I'm pretty predictable in that anything with BBQ in the name is going to be in the running for my meal of choice. Nothing new there when I went to Shawnee's Bar & Grill in Rushford for a bite to eat. While the special of the day, a chicken burrito topped with green chili sauce and served with nachos and cheese, seemed like a delicious choice, the crunchy bacon BBQ burger won me over.

To compromise with the mexican dish in runners up, we started with an appetizer order of the nachos and cheese. Now, this wasn't your average nacho chips from a bag and a jar of cheese. The homemade chips and cheese were served warm with a light layer of seasoning on both. Possibly the best nacho chips and cheese I've ever had!

After enjoying round one of our meal, the main course arrived. The 1/3 pound hamburger topped with smoked apple wood bacon, perfectly cooked onion rings, cheddar cheese and a smoky BBQ sauce hit just right in my love of barbecue. To top it off it was all placed between a slightly toasted bun, which completes any burger. Along with the BBQ slice of heaven was a pickle spear and perfectly seasoned french fries. Even as my stomach edged towards the feeling of over-indulging, I couldn't help but sneak in a few more bitse of the scrumptious meal!

It's funny how some foods we couldn't stand as a child can work their way to the top of our favorites. Knowing how this works, I've attempted to try other treats on my "do not eat" list to see if those taste buds had changed as well. I'm sorry to say, cottage cheese and watermelon, as crazy as some people think I am, still don't cross over to the "eat up" category. For now I'll stick to a BBQ covered burger and french fries smothered in mustard.

Friends in good places at Highway 44

Sun, Jun 24th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

Life is crazy. Time flies by and before you know it, it's been 2 months since you talked to one of your best friends who, when you were in college, you didn't go one single day without talking to. I find this happening way to often in my life. At on ..... 
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Off the beaten path with the Highland Store

Sun, Jun 17th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

When I decided to take on the Highland Store as my next Real Bites column, there was one problem I discovered. Where in bluff's country is it? Having not acquainted myself very well yet with the curving, nestled in small towns of the area I had no i ..... 
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Real Bites - Rhu-berry delight!

Sun, Jun 10th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

Before heading to Rhino's Pizza and Sub Shoppe in Lanesboro last Friday night for supper, someone was telling me about a special kind of Spring Grove pop available now to go along with the Rhubarb festivities going on in Lanesboro for the weekend. A ..... 
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Real Bites - Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe

Wed, May 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

It's like a Friday lunchtime ritual at the Fillmore County Journal after the newspaper goes to press. All of our employees trickle up to The Sweet Stop & Sandwich Shoppe and relax with a sandwich, soup and some dessert.

Having Joanne Szuch's ..... 
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An apple a day will make you ‘turnover’

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

I’ll never forget when I first walked into Preston Apple & Berry Farm and first met Joe Gosi -- the world famous “Pie Man.” I heard his accent and asked him where he was originally from. He said, “I am authentic Norwegian. That’s what ..... 
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Real Bites-Water St. Cafe

By Sheena Tollefson

Sun, Apr 22nd, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites



After my recent battle with cancer, I took a new and improved interest in eating healthy and treating my body right. I've joined a yoga class, started going to the gym more and have been trying to sneak more of those fruits and veggies into ..... 
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I’m back, and I’m hungry

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Real Bites

By now, you’ve probably heard of the new restaurant in Rushford named Lynndyn Bridge. After we ran an article on our March 16, 2012, front page about this fine new restaurant, I had to make it a priority to make this my first Real Bites stop of 2 ..... 
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Real Bites-Village Square of Harmony

Fri, Apr 6th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites



A couple of weekends ago, I and my family made another trip to Harmony for a fantastic lunch. The nice thing about Harmony is that there are so many great options.

In my last review, I touched on the heavenly 'real bites' of the wor ..... 
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