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Following twenty years of farmer's markets selling locally grown vegetables, native fruits, and local honey Linda created Marianne's Kitchen in Shoreview, MN, an oasis of good food, conversation and laughter in a suburban food desert. Operating from 2011-2017 the cafe offered home made soups, fresh bread baked daily, great sandwiches and treats and a complete line of gluten-free soups, pickled products, jams, jellies, salsas and locally sourced soups, honey and grains.

The Marianne's Kitchen of sharing, conversation, and learning continues with ongoing commentary, food reviews and food finds as we grow, cook and eat our food and sample local restaurants.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Peggy Sue's in Willow River, MN

Small Town Cafe - A Great Stop

Tree planting burns some calories...& you tend to get a bit messy. Thank goodness small town cafes are welcoming places.

Yippie—Peggy Sue’s in Willow River is a good stop for a tree-planting break.

I love that they have the old fashioned Coke fountain machine—-the one where the bubbly Coca Cola slowly pours into your glass. It’s just a nostalgia thing—-but it seems to taste better.

Breakfast all day plus lunch/dinner options. Debated
2 options, chose the one with hash browns & essentially, all the elements of a beef taco on top, with 2 eggs (sorry, I’ve forgotten the name) and a bowl of hearty chili. Lots of cheese & meat, the eggs correctly made over medium, & chili with lots of ingredients...hearty enough to help us thru the next 100 trees.

Both were ample portions for us to share. This is
good quality small town food--in a place run by a family, & we are thankful for every cafe owner who keeps working at their business every day in a rural America that seems to have been forgotten by much of the rest of America.

While that electronic screen-driven espresso machine was a fun little toy (& actually turned out a drinkable ‘espresso’) at the Kwik Trip, family-owned businesses are truly the backbone of rural America....& they’re disappearing at a terrible rat
In the face of corporate monoculture in every form, we’re thrilled every time we visit a family’s interpretation of a bedrock idea. It doesn’t hurt when the food is good, too!!!

Thanks Peggy!
P.S.  Peggy Sue's Facebook page indicates that the cafe is for sale but that they will remain open until it is sold.  Support small business and take a scenic drive for lunch or breakfast...Dylan's Highway 61 would be appropriate road tunes! 

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