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Real Bites of On The Crunchy Side


Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
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Last Thursday, after a long and busy day at the office, I contemplated getting a quick bite to eat along with co-worker Tyler Grundman, a lead developer with SMG Web Design. We both happened to be working late and apparently hungry.

So, with a little collaboration, we made plans for a road trip to Harmony to dine at On The Crunchy Side.

I've been there a number of times, and I like trying something different each time -- always a pleasant surprise.

For a restaurant blended with a bar, this is not your typical dining establishment. As a matter of fact, from my experience of traveling from one eatery to the next, I don't think there is any other place like On The Crunchy Side in all of Southeast Minnesota. OTCS is more of an upscale bar with really, really good food at a very affordable price.

That night, I ordered the special, which was a visual masterpiece.

After consuming my plate of medallion steaks covered in mushrooms and gravy along with a healthy side of broccoli, cheesy garlic bread and the most delicious soup I think I've ever had, I talked to Miles Petree, the owner and chef, about this particular meal.

I had no idea what thought and preparation went into this meal.

Specifically, I was interested in the soup. Miles explained that he uses locally-grown squash along with some spices to assemble this creation. I had never indulged in a soup like that, and I do hope he continues to offer it throughout this changing season.

As curious minds want to know, I asked Miles if he made this soup from a special recipe he found somewhere. With a smile, he said, "No, it's my own creation." Through a series of his own experimental taste tests, masterful chef Miles brings something fresh and unique to the menu. The only other person I know who can do that with relentless and credible success is my grandmother. Her authentic homeade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches rank among my top five favorite meals.

If you're interested in learning more about On The Crunchy Side, you can check out their menu at www.onthecrunchyside.com or give them a call at 507-886-5560.

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 res .....
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Real Bites of the Old Barn Resort

Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012
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During the summer of 2009, my wife and I decided to make our way down the Root River Trail on our bicycles hauling our two children in one of those two-seater bike trailers. We set our sights on cycling to Pedal Pushers for lunch, trekking 11.2 mile ..... 
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Real Bites at Riverside on the Root

Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012
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Last weekend, my dad came down from Rochester to our home in Fountain, staying overnight so we could get up early and cut slab wood we both purchased from Root River Hardwoods in Preston. That wood had been sitting in the backyard since November of ..... 
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Real Bites of the Bent Wrench

Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012
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For those of you thinking I have gone on a hunger strike because you haven't seen a Real Bites column for a couple weeks, please be aware that I have still maintained my optimal calorie intake throughout the Christmas holiday family gatherings.
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