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Pepin, WI – Why We Came Here

BBQ Pork Tenderloin

BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Food. That’s why we came to Pepin, WI.

Harbor View Cafe, Pepin, WI

Harbor View Cafe, Pepin, WI

In the mid-90’s we took a road trip in our 1982 Nissan 280ZX (the car that talks).

Aside: This was the car we drove one summer to the El Tovar Hotel overlooking the Grand Canyon.

Anyway . . . some time (we forget the year) in the mid-90’s we stopped at the Harbor View Cafe, waited in line with everyone else (there are no reservations) and had a great meal. A GREAT meal.

It’s a dinky restaurant that seats maybe 20 people tops. But the food! OMG . . . it’s all from scratch. Just the fresh bread is a meal.

So 20-some years later we returned in an RV instead of a sports car. That in itself is telling, eh?

Anyway, we’ve had two lunches at the Harbor View Cafe so far and we have not been disappointed.

Both Jan and I had a BBQ Pork Tenderloin sandwich with new potatoes and cucumbers marinated with cilantro and a curried lentil soup.


Pizza on a Farm

Pizza on a Farm

And then we were told about great pizza served every Tuesday on a farm near Stockholm, WI . . .

Farm Pizza

Farm Pizza

The directions to the farm pizza were the kind that tax a GPS. I kept getting warning messages from our CR-V’s GPS and dotted lines on the GPS that led off the map.

Along the way, I passed Saint Sophia’s (a Liberal Catholic Church).

When I found the farm, it was like a speakeasy in the woods. Like everyone there was in on a secret. Very cool.

By luck, a VERY large group arrived at the order line before me and ordered SEVERAL pizzas — but each pizza only took about 5-10 minutes to prepare.


Pizza Ovens

Pizza Ovens

Then I saw the pizza ovens. Big.

I bought some maple syrup from one of the local farms that was collected this spring.

And the pizza? Very good, but you had better like garlic.

NEXT: Stockholm, WI and pies.

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    OK, I get it……….you’re in food heaven. That plate of pork loin, cucumber salad and fresh bread made me salivate. Don’t you love discovering those out of the way places that serve wonderful home-cooked food? You are obviously into discovering or re-discovering all those places along the way. Keep enjoying everything. Do you keep a log? Kath

    June 4, 2013

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