The little cafe in St. Thomas starts filling up about 11 a.m. Thursdays for turkey and is often full up by noon. The turkey dinner — which costs $7.25 — draws people from the entire area. And sometimes, the cafe sends meals out to workers in the nearby sugar beet fields.
“This is the best coffee in town,” said Mike Mahoney, as he took a sip from his tall mug. He was sitting in a booth in the back corner of Perkins Restaurant, where he meets regularly with friends including Richard “Diddy” Quesnell and retired Rev. Fr. William Sherman.
A UND business graduate with a yen for his own place, Andrew Krauseneck earlier this year ventured into a combined golf simulator and restaurant business. He wants to make his place called Albatross a friendly center where people come to relax, practice their golf swings and also eat and drink.
Two-for-one burgers on Tuesday evenings and free popcorn anytime are big draws for the Ground Round. It’s a Grill and Bar in a row of restaurants near Columbia Mall, and it seems to be thriving even with the arrival of new neighbors including the Olive Garden.
“You’re a brave man,” said the waitress behind the bar when my son, Bob, ordered a PBEB Burger. That is described on the menu at the Blue Moose as a unique combination of burger smothered with peanut butter and topped with bacon and a fried egg. All this for $10.
When I entered the Capitol Cafe, I hung back. It takes time for a visitor to study the many choices of food, juices, coffee and fruit. It was the fruit that most impressed me. There were huge oranges, nice bananas, big red apples on display here and there in clear glass containers.
There are trends in the restaurant business, and manager Bob Lin at Panda Buffet on Columbia Road indicates he will be moving toward the addition of more Japanese items. As it is, there is a seemingly unending array of choices at Panda Buffet.
There are the regulars who gather at the long bar at Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub for food and drink. There are the occasional customers who stop in for “a bite to eat”. And some who come for mid-day meetings in the club room or for billiards.
The menu stays pretty much the same. The Mexican fare is predictable with mild flavoring. Service is pretty quick. And prices are fairly low for these times — except for the soft drinks that add about $2 to $2.29. I enjoy a quick meal at Mexican Village from time to time.
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