Series: Dating Ideas Summer 2011: Rochester and Mantorville, Minnesota
We’re continuing our series of dating ideas this summer (2011) by featuring 2 family favorite restaurants in SE Minnesota. Each are good enough to justify a trip on their own, but put them together for an awesome day trip.
SE Minnesota is only around 3 hours away from Central Iowa. I grew up in the area and Mary Sue and I lived there for 6 years earlier in our marriage, so we both have fond memories of the area. We get there because of family, but we know a couple of great places to visit that anyone can enjoy. If you asked my wife, Mary Sue, what her favorite restaurant was in the world, she’d say the Hubbell House in Mantorville, Minnesota and if you asked me my favorite restaurant in the world, I’d say John Hardy’s Bar-B-Que in Rochester, Minnesota. We’ve been to both this year and have attached a few pics to give you an idea for a future date for you and your spouse.
First up is John Hardy’s Bar-B-Que with three locations in Rochester, Minnesota. John opened his first restaurant in Rochester in 1972, when I was in Junior College there. My dad knew John Hardy personally and took me there himself and introduced me to his great cherry and apple wood smoked pulled pork sandwiches with a side of Jo-Jo’s (like hot potato chips only thicker) with medium sauce on the side. I was hooked for life, and now whenever we make a trip to the area to visit family, we make a special trip to Hardy’s Bar-B-Que. It’s always disappointing to eat Bar-B-Que anywhere else because Hardy’s has become the standard by which I measure all future Bar-B-Que meals.
John Hardy passed away in 1986, but his legacy lives on with 3 restaurants in the Rochester area. The one we frequent in the one at 1940 South Broadway. Here’s some pics to get your mouth watering:
Here’s a look at the Hubbell House in Mantorville, Minnesota (1o miles East of Rochester on Hiway 14 and 3 miles north on Hiway 57). This is Mary Sue’s favorite restaurant and we went there with my father and mother, Fritz and Carol Wall, who were celebrating their 62nd Wedding Anniversary. Mary Sue and I had our 36th a couple of weeks prior so celebrated both anniversaries. Hubbell House has been visited by former presidents and other famous people over the years and is a quaint place to go for a great dinner or special occasion. It’s a destination in it’s own right.
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