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Real Bites-Water St. Cafe


By Sheena Tollefson

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

The Southewest Turkey Tom at the Water Street Cafe in Decorah was a deliciously healthy lunch choice.Photo by Sheena Suckow



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 my daily meals. My mom had recently started buying some groceries at the Oneota Community Food Co-op in Decorah, which focuses on selling organic and local products, so I thought I'd join her on a grocery buying trip to try and bring more organic items into my diet.

After I picked out some various nuts, dried fruits and hummus to try, I decided to eat lunch at the Water Street Cafe located in the Coop. The cafe uses primarily organic ingredients, makes almost everything from scratch and serves a variety of items throughout the day from made-to-order panini's, to an organic espresso bar, to a special Sunday brunch. There's even a nice sitting area in the front of the store overlooking Water Street for people to eat and relax.

I decided to try the grilled panini of the week, which happened to be Southwest Turkey Tom featuring turkey, cilantro mayo, divina tomatoes, and cheddar cheese served on Rudi's Sourdough bread. Along with a pickle spear and a fruit and yogurt parfait from the grab-and-go cooler, I was set for a delicious meal. The sandwich was everything I hoped it would be; the cheese was perfectly melted and the cilantro mayo was absolutely tasty.

Along with a superb cafe and a store full of healthy, organic foods, the Oneota Co-op provides great customer service. If you're new to purchasing goods at the Co-op, the employees are more then willing to show you the ropes of bagging up your own buckwheat flour or finding that certain flavor of goat cheese you've heard about from a satisfied customer.

If you're interested in incorporating more organic produce into your meals or have special diet needs, head to the Oneota Co-op in Decorah. Or just stop by for a great lunch!

I feel fortunate to live in an area where we have absolutely no corporate-owned restaurants. Every restaurant in our area is family owned and operated. Every dining establishment in the area provides something unique from the ambiance to the tasty bites that keep us coming back for more. We have a great selection of restaurants right here in our own backyard, and I plan on sharing my dining experiences from one town to the next.

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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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Almost like another place of worship

Sun, Mar 18th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

This past Sunday, my wife and I, along with our two children, made plans for lunch at the Harmony House Restaurant in Harmony right after Sunday School at Christ Lutheran Church of Preston.

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Real Bites-The Creamery

Sat, Feb 25th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites



This past Wednesday, I visited with a great friend and co-worker, Peggi Redalen of Rushford, at one of my favorite places in that direction -- The Creamery.

I'll never forget the first time I ate at The Creamery in Rushford. Former J ..... 
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Good Times means Great Times

Sat, Feb 18th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

My wife and I recently traveled to Caledonia for dinner at a place that, by name, makes me think of the fictional character J.J., from the 1970s sitcom Good Times, who would most likely say this place was "Dyno-MITE!"

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Dinner and a movie

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

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 ..... 
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Real Bites-The Branding Iron

Sat, Feb 4th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites



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
Posted in All Real Bites



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..

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