Quick, Before Summer Is Over, Have Breakfast in Lanesboro!
It seems like just a week ago The Breakfast Tour stopped in Lanesboro for the cutest diner meal ever. And before school starts, you need to get here with your kids!
Cute breakfast? Yes! Lookit that diner car...the only wooden diner wagon still on its own wheels in the USA! And inside? It's small, but it's mighty! At Spud Boy's diner, there's one guy behind the grill, Gordie, and one gal behind the counter, Val. Together they're quite a team, working in and around each other in very close quarters (it can't be more than 20 inches between the grill and the counter).
The place is filled with history, and working history. The ancient coffee grinder, the ice-box, the wheels, for cryin' out loud. It was built in 1926 and came from New York after Gordie refurbished it. It's the kind of place your kids will remember you going...and want to take their own kids!
How's the food? Good! I had eggs, hash-browns (freshly grated right onto the grill!), and killer bacon. My friend Betsy had an omelet, the taters, and bacon. Plus nice strong coffee. All were exactly like they were supposed to be. Good, hot, fresh tasting, and ready pretty darn fast.
Val is from Iowa ('round Decorah way) and Gordie used to farm potatoes with his pop, and then worked the railroad in Pennsylvania.
They're only open 6 - 11 AM, so no brunches for you! Also, bring cash. Also also, have a conversation with Val and Gordie, they are very cool!
OH, and if you can, get a seat near the air-conditioner and fan. It's a small place, so it can get pretty warm. But that's part of the charm...and now you know, you can dress in layers for breakfasts (then for the bike ride on the trail).