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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 noted on page 12), boasts a small town grocery store, three restaurants, two churches, a large furniture store and trail head access to the Root River Trail.

If you can avoid blinking as you pass through the little town of Fountain, you'll see a bright yellow sign that says Los Gables -- which I think means "let's eat." I don't know for sure, since I studied the German language for four years, only learning bits and pieces of Spanish from the infamous Sesame Street.

As you pull into the parking lot, you'll notice tether ball (which I haven't seen since elementary school), bean bag toss, and plenty of outdoor seating -- picnic style.

The loud colors of Mexican fanfare adorn the building inside and out, giving you the sense that this is the real deal.

In the kitchen, sometimes you'll see Julie Kulsrud (the owner of Los Gables) and other times you'll see Margareta Gomez. No matter who is behind the wheel, the food is always fantastic.

During this particular dinner date with my wife (the kids were at my parent's house in Rochester), I ordered the Pollo Mexicano, a blend of healthy chicken breast slices, green and red peppers, rice, lettuce and refried beans.

I have experimented with so many dishes at Los Gables, I don't have a favorite -- because I like all of them.

Whether breakfast, dessert, appetizer or entree, I can honestly say Los Gables has a loyal customer.

One of the most interesting things I encountered when I first started dining at Los Gables was their drink special, "buy nine margaritas, get the tenth one free." Wow! I asked my wife, "Does that come with a get-out-of-jail-free card?" Well, it turns out that you can get that 10-margarita deal over a period of time. You don't have to drink them all in one sitting. I'm sure they'd let you if you were so inclined, but it's not a requirement.

And, along with the great food, I enjoy seeing the same friendly faces when I dine at Los Gables. Whether patrons of the restaurant or the wait staff, you feel like completely welcome.

As a matter of fact, Los Gables has a large breakfast crowd, since they also serve up "American" food like omelettes, pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy.< .....
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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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Real Bites of JW's Silver Grille

Wed, Jan 11th, 2012
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With our office located Preston, Minn., I feel like we're centrally located for good food in any direction.

Last Thursday, I was hungry from a soup and sandwich, and I immediately thought of a quick trip to Chatfield for some good ea ..... 
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Real Bites at Fillmore Central Elementary School

Wed, Jan 11th, 2012
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This week's Real Bites segment takes me back in time about 30 years.

On this trip down "memory lane" I decided to bring my wife along for the ride -- a fine dining experience at the Fillmore Central Elementary School cafeteria.

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Real Bites of Cafe Magpie

Sat, Jan 7th, 2012
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For those of you who live in Harmony, Mabel and Canton, a trip to Decorah probably a pretty common thing.

With me living up in Fountain, the big city I will typically run to for things you can't find in Fillmore County is usually Rochester.< ..... 
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