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Dinner at Old Tyme Cafe


Sat, Jan 28th, 2012
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Pictured is the one that didn�t get away. This is the steak I almost forgot to take a picture of at Old Tyme Cafe & Catering in Chatfield. Photo by Jason Sethre



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..

This all-you-can-eat special offers steak, shrimp, fish and ribs. I selected the steak first, because I can never get enough meat in my diet. This steak was huge and cooked just the way I like it -- perfect I might add.

Then, I stabbed some shrimp on my plate and enjoyed every last bite.

Unfortunately, I was so full, I never did get a chance to indulge in the ribs and fish.

And, my brother-in-law, Jerry Enright, said the ribs are fantastic!

Well, I think we'll be making a trip back to Old Tyme Cafe & Catering again, just so I can sink my taste buds into their famous ribs. For the Old Tyme Cafe & Catering, this is a good problem to have. Their all-you-can-eat special has something for everyone, so nobody walks away with an empty stomach.

And, something that is important for the livelihood of any business is how the employees treat the customers. Our waitress was so conscientious about making sure we had a positive dining experience. Since Old Tyme Cafe & Catering was hopping nearly every table full, our waitress along with others working at the restaurant had their hands full. But, they all did a fantastic job! I have never worked as a waiter, so I am always amazed at how much they juggle all at once, and somehow maintain their sanity -- with a smile!

And, we accidentally left our son's "to go" box on our table when we left the restaurant. The waitress came running out and flagged us down so we didn't leave it behind. That's going above and beyond. I think we've left a fair share of "to go" boxes behind at restaurants all over Southeast Minnesota, and that is the first time someone has chased us down to make sure we were taken care of. Thank you, to our waitress.

Employees are the greatest asset of any company, and I am guessing this waitress contributes to the many reasons people keep coming back to Old Tyme Cafe & Catering.

If you're looking for great food and service, I'd suggest making a trip to Old Tyme Cafe & Catering. You won't be disappointed.

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 som .....
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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 ..... 
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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.

With ..... 
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