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Real Bites of Los Gables

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

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.

And, if you're in a hurry, traveling from Wykoff to Lanesboro or whatever your destination, there is a drive-thru. So, you can grab a coffee and go.

If you're a really big fan of Los Gables, you can even purchase a T-shirt with their logo.

According to www.invisiblediner.com, an online restaurant review website, a person driving from the Twin Cities area to a wedding in Iowa, had this to say about their dining experience at Los Gables; "If you are ever traveling through Southeastern MN or live in the area, it would definitely be worth a visit. I even opted to buy a t-shirt."

If you're interested in learning more about Los Gables, you can check out their menu at www.losgables.com or give them a call at 507-268-1020. By the way, did I mention they cater events? Yes, they do it all.

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.

Look for this feature every week in the Fillmore County Journal, along with online under the Real Bites section.

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