A couple of weeks ago, I had the great fun of exploring the southwest corner of Minnesota, including the wonderful historic town of Pipestone. I also had the opportunity to do some fantastic hiking through the uber-gorgeous prairie landscapes. Seriously--I'm now madly in love with prairies, and it's so cool to see various groups and sites trying to restore or reclaim true prairie grasses and flowers. Hey, you wonder where all the honey bees went? They're plundering the wildflowers at Blue Mounds State Park.
Anyway, all that fresh air and hiking can really work up a girl's appetite. I'd heard good things about Lange's in Pipestone, so stopped in there for a late-morning breakfast one day.
Lange's has gotten some national attention through Jane and Michael Stern, who have raved about the place, particularly the pie (sour cream raisin, mm-hmm). It's a 24/7 operation, and the day I was there it was crazy busy. No matter--the servers were flying, keeping everyone moving along and coffee cups filled.
I contemplated being moderate in my food choices. But on the menu, one item really jumped out at me. I knew it would be ridiculously huge and unnecessary, but I was hot, tired, and hungry, so...
Stuffed hashbrowns it was. That's two layers of crispy hashbrowns sandwiching ham, onions, green peppers, and cheese, along with two eggs and two pieces of toast.
I didn't finish the toast.
Sadly, that's all I can say I didn't finish. The rest was consumed with far too much enjoyment. In spite of how busy it was, I hardly had to wait any time for my order, which arrived sizzling hot, the cheese all melted and gooey, the eggs perfectly cooked (I ordered over easy). As I said, my coffee cup never was allowed to drop to the halfway point, and my server was as nice as could be.
I thought about taking some pie with me for later, but the thought of leaving sour cream raisin pie sitting in a hot car just didn't work, so I had to abandon that idea. Next time--and there will be a next time--I'm getting pie.