Back to where I left off Wednesday August 25
I would be primarily traveling this day.... Heading south, my last stop on the Northshore
would be breakfast at The Vanilla Bean Cafe
in Two Harbors MN
When I first glanced at their website, I couldn't determine if they were more "coffeehouse" or "small town cafe"
Judging by their interior
and their really bad coffee, they're obviously a small town cafe...
I couldn't leave Minnesota without some Swedish Pancakes
And The Vanilla Bean
obviously knows how to do them right-
Served with sweet-tart Lingonberries and syrup, these light and airy crepe style pancakes was an excellent start to my morning- however it would have been perfect if these crepe style pancakes were filled with real whipped cream too- oh well I guess I can't have everything...
Afterwards I stopped a couple of miles down the road at what I thought was going to be a real
coffee house so I could get some "real coffee" at the Mocha Moose
- as it turns out this was the nastiest tasteless coffee house coffee I had on the entire trip- I'm convinced that was Maxwell House or Folgers they had brewing in that pot!
I knew where I was going to be stopping halfway through my trip, however I realized I had no planned lunch stops.....
I made it to Bemidji MN
which over looks a really beautiful lake
and apparently is also home to....
Paul Bunyon and "Babe the Big Blue Ox" - ya, sure you betcha
For lunch I went over to the visitors center near the lake and asked the lady there for some recommendations. I explained that I'm looking for something light and a place with some character...She recommended this place The Cabin Coffeehouse and Cafe
Located right in downtown Bemidji.
However I explained I was looking for something more than just coffee and a pastry, she said, it's more than just a coffee house..
When I entered inside I can see what she meant..
Not only does it retain that Northwood lake cabin atmosphere but they also serve hot lunches- not just any old hot lunch but.......
You guessed it- Tater Tot Hotdish!
I couldn't believe it- If you recall, after my first experience with Tater Tot Hotdish at Bev's Cafe,
I indicated that I liked it but wouldn't go out of my way to find it, well, it looks like it found me. The other hot meal option was "sloppy joes" obviously I couldn't pass this up. I asked the two girls behind the counter about this- and they told me they have a revolving Hotdish everyday for lunch, in fact I just missed their "Hotdish Extravaganza" that they had the day before- a choice of multiple varietoies of Hotdish. The meal comes with rolls and a small apple crisp. It was fine but I actually thought the Tater Tot Hotdish at Bev's Cafe had a more distinctive flavor..
The Cabin also had several choices of "bars" there was one that looked really decadent but I knew I was going to have a big dinner so I went with
The Special K bar. It was better than the Lingonberry bar I had a few days earlier at Cafe Finspang
While checking out Bemidji's downtown, I came across the interesting fellow
After Lunch I contined on to my final destination for the evening....
And checked into my hotel in Fargo ND.
Downtown Fargo was only about 3 miles from my hotel. I had some time to head down there and look around. Downtown really didn't seem to change all that much in the 12 years since I was last there. Sadly though the brew pub I went to when I was last there "The Old Broadway" is now just a sports bar cum meat market....
A big "thank you" goes out to roadfood poster jokadrma
for my dinner stop...
After reviewing jokadrma's
previous thread about fargo suggestions, I made some phone calls and selected TNT's Diner
in West Fargo
First of all I can't think of enough nice things to say about the owners- husband and wife team Tim and Tammy (hence the name TNT's Diner) as well as their staff...
Anyway let's get to the food..
Here are the dinner specials (I'm sure you can guess what I'm going to have!)
I started out with a cup of thick creamy beer cheese soup
On par with the beer cheese soup I enjoyed at the now defunct Grainary Restaurant over at Fargo's West Acre's mall a decade ago. It was absolutely intoxicating but didn't leave me intoxicated...
For my main course I had the Scandinavian- Northern Midwest specialty, potato klub
Straight out Norske comfort food- ideal after a day of hard work during those frigid winter months.
Dense n' hearty potato dumplings served with melted butter and thick cuts of salty ham. The combination of the dumplings, ham and melted butter is a triple threat to tantalize the taste buds.
And although I looked at the dessert specials
and peeked at the pie case
I ordered some of the best sour cream raisin pie I've ever had
Two days in a row- dinner was nothing short of perfect. One of my favorite meals of the trip... TNT's Diner
will be in the running for a top 10 list of 2010
After my amazing dinner, I headed back to Fargo. I haven't been to a ballgame since the Twins game 4 days earlier...
I headed to
Newman Outdoor Field, home of the independent unaffiliated Fargo Moorhead Redhawks.
The ballpark is actually located not too far from Fargo's Airport....
Now I'll admit I'm not a big fan of unaffiliated ball, in fact before this, the last unaffiliated ballgame I went to was the Bridgeport Blue Fish in Connecticut back in 2002, so it's been awhile.
However the Redhawks must be doing something right
Because they had a sellout crowd- on a Wednesday night! However I didn't find out until the end of the game that this was their last home game of the season.
Even their mascot was a big hit!
The Redhawks hosted the Lake County Captains that evening..
And although I don't remember the exact score, I do remember that the Red Hawks did shut out the Lake County Captains..
After the game although I was tempted to check out downtown Fargo's exciting nightlife I decided to return to my hotel and call it a night...
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