There are many days in which I get so busy at work that I forget to each lunch. And, I know I’m not the only one.
This past weekend, my wife and I decided to go out to eat at Estelle’s Eatery & Bar in Harmony, Minn.
Our family always enjoys visiting Estelle’s. The ambiance. The food. The entertainment. Outdoor dining. They have a great thing going.
And, they are a great family-owned business.
I remember years ago when we first moved to the area and we drove by the empty building now filled with the tastes and smells of Estelle’s. The empty building was the first thing travelers saw as they took a turn down the main drag in Harmony.
Not only did restaurant owners Matt and Heidi Brown fill a void in Harmony, but they have established a tourism destination for the community. This restaurant draws a crowd from every direction.
And, while people are dining at Estelle’s in Harmony, they may also stop by Harmony Spirits, a popular distillery.
The Browns are definitely community collaborators. They have partnered with JEM Movie Theatre to provide a “dinner and a movie package” at Fillmore County’s only movie theater.
In order for any community to be successful, collaboration between business owners is a key ingredient. It’s all about working together. And, the JEM Theatre owners deserve a tremendous amount of credit for continuously adapting, too. I’ll touch on that in another article.
Along with supporting the Browns and their restaurant Estelle’s Eatery & Bar, simply because they are great for the community, their food is top notch.
On this particular evening, my wife ordered the Apple Brie Bacon Burger while I ordered Rooster’s Bleu Burger. Mine came with a side of homemade chips, while my wife chose the Apple Bacon Cheddar Salad.
Right away, we cut our burgers in half and traded, so we could each get a sample of the menu items.
The Rooster’s Bleu Burger is perfectly presented with Gorgonzola cheese, apple smoked bacon, and house made BBQ sauce. The Apple Brie Bacon Burger blends an tasty combination of apple bacon jam, melted Brie, and applewood bacon.
I keep seeing the word “bacon” and I think that common denominator is important to recognize. Apparently, bacon makes everything better. I’m sure there are a few pork producers in our area who would agree.
So, at the conclusion of our meals, we usually order dessert. To be honest, we were both so full, we didn’t have any room for dessert. From my experience, it’s worth saving room for dessert. Always. There’s always next time.