Tentative BATS: States 17-19 Minnesota:
Minneapolis is one of my very favorite cities (at least from May-October).
I like it so much in fact that I am willing to break my “no large cities” rule and stop there for breakfast. I have been to Minneapolis three or four times and have had the pleasure of eating breakfast at Hell’s Kitchen both in their old location and new location. Call me a big fan of their lemon-ricotta hotcakes. On the other hand, I have never been to Al’s. This place seems to be the epitome of eating breakfast out in America. Google Al’s breakfast and you get 59,200 results. I guess I have to go there. I must feast at this tabernacle of breakfastness. North Dakota:
Driving-wise I’m trying to cut some corners. I’ll be driving up I-94 from Minneapolis and instead of going all the way to Fargo I would like to cut over and find breakfast in the very Southeast corner of North Dakota. I may end up having to go to Fargo because the pickings appear slim. I looked at Wahpeton, Wyndmere, and Forman. (I’m sure you all have been to these hotspots). There are some chains which I won’t eat at and a few other “cafes” listed on Google maps. The problem is there are no “comments” provided for any of them and they certainly don’t have websites so I don’t know if they still exist and even if they serve breakfast. I may be writing down phone numbers and calling when I get there. One place that Stern writes about on this website is the Farmers Inn in Havana ND. It’s in the general area I am targeting. The Stern article was written in 2001 and there is nothing else mentioned on the Web so I have no idea if it is still open. I guess when the time comes I’ll dial up a few of these places on the phone and just wing it in North Dakota. South Dakota
: In 1983 I drove across the entire state, west to east, pretty much on back roads. What I found amazing was that every man, woman, and child I passed gave me a big wave. I’m not sure if that is still the case or not. This time I’ll be driving down the eastern side of South Dakota. There are a few possibilities in Sioux Falls but I sort of feel it is appropriate to eat in a relatively small town in this state. Unlike North Dakota, I did find a place with a Web site, menu, and motto “Fast, Fresh, and Friendly”. It’s called the Country Café and is in Madison (pop. 6,605 - okay I take it back that this is a relatively small town for South Dakota).