I was a lucky kid in that even though we had lots of great home-cooked meals, we also got to eat at restaurants at least once a week. (Which wasn't as common way back then!) One of my dad's favorite things to order was a patty melt. I never understood that and actually never even TRIED a patty melt until about ten years ago. Boy, was I surprised to find out how much I love them!
So, that has been one of my go-to menu choices when visiting a cafe or other small town restaurant – it's a good judge of their overall quality! Soooo – last week when I visited Olde Main Eatery in Elk River, Minnesota, with my Mom, that's what I ordered. Elk River is the town where I went to high school, but Olde Main Eatery wasn't around back then.
Olde Main Eatery has a warm atmosphere with a hodgepodge of decor making it feel very welcoming. Their menu is classic small-town cafe fair with sandwiches, salads, burgers and breakfast served all day.
As I mentioned, I ordered the Patty Melt, but made a few changes to it. On the menu it specified marble rye and swiss and american cheeses. I switched it up a bit and ordered it on white bread and skipped the swiss cheese, since I'm not a fan. It was really good! I especially liked how golden and crispy they made the bread.
My mom ordered the Spinach Salad and loved it. She raved over the grilled chicken on the salad and I though her roll looked amazing. I think this may be my choice next time as I'm sure I'll head back there again for another lunch with Mom.
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What is YOUR favorite thing to order in a small-town cafe?