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An Off the Beaten Path Culinary Gem in Northfield Minnesota

The Ole Store Restaurant is a true “off the beaten path” hidden gem hidden in a residential area of Northfield Minnesota (located 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul).  I have lived in the area for over 10 years, and I didn’t even know about it until I saw a mention of it on a local twitter feed recently.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I was gleefully anticipating our Sunday breakfast experience!

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Order an Ole Roll.  You will thank me.  The roll felt like the definition of indulgence on this lazy Sunday morning.  Obviously home made, the roll was rich and fluffy and the perfect introduction to our meal.

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The beef hash was simple and straightforward, letting the farm fresh ingredients speak for themselves.  The beef was just a little salty and pull apart tender, melding with the eggs and handmade potatoes in a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of way.

It was deceivingly filling – one plate was enough to fill up my extra hungry husband, so two people of lesser appetite could have probably split it.

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The french toast consisted of flavorful batter encrusting high quality bread.  Filled with rich cream cheese, and a cinnamon apple compote, this was one of the best plates of French Toast that I have ever experienced (tip- splurge and pay the upcharge for the real maple syrup.  You won’t regret it!)

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The restaurant has real character.  It is built in an old general store within walking distance of the beautiful St. Olaf college campus.  Original tin tiles still line the ceilings, and the original wood floors add to the unique character of the old building.

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The menu features fresh, seasonal  local ingredients whenever possible.

I noted on our visit that the restaurant also offers an impressive dinner menu (one of the closest resemblances to “fine dining” that I have found in the Northfield Minnesota area.)  This restaurant is definitely worth a significant detour!

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