Friday, April 30, 2010

Swamp Sisters Opens for 2010 Season

There are actually only two seasons in the Northland, winter and the other. The other is when the Swamp Sisters Café & Gift Shop is open. That other season officially opens today, April 30.

The restaurant, located on 7249 Industrial Road (known by many in these parts as Highway 7) four miles West of Twig, is again serving breakfast and lunch from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October.

A special feature of the menu is Bonnie’s Swamp Skillet with buffalo sausage or ham, onions, peppers, mushrooms, tater tots, eggs and cheese. It's exceptional, and I really like the toast that comes with it. The lunch fare is equally exciting. It’s home cookin’ at its finest, seasoned with warmth and a sense of humor. In fact, even if you don't get the ham, Toot will probably ham it up a little as seen in this photo here. (click to enlarge)

Once things get rolling and the tourist season leaps into full swing, this rustic country kitchen packs out, so you may experience a wait to be seated. As a somewhat novel solution to this problem, they will often fit you in at tables that have vacant seats. So if you and a friend show up, and the large table has two seats at the North end, Toot will ask if you mind, and lead you to your spot. If you weren't neighbors before, you're neighbors now, as the saying goes.

In the event that you do have to wait to be seated, you can enjoy browsing the gift shop. At left you can see Bison Boot Grease, which I do not believe is available anywhere else in the world. Much like the Cracker Barrel chain, they have a range of suitable distractions and items you can bring home with you after you eat. Pay for 'em first please, of course.

Nutritionist Adelle Davis, author of Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit and other bestsellers on eating, purportedly said, "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper." They don't serve dinner meals at the Swamp Sisters, so you really can accomplish this aim right here, at least two days a week since they're open only on Fridays and Saturdays.

I'm not sure how long the season will run this year, but usually they wind down in late October sometime. So, I recommend you come early and come often. You will not be disappointed.

4 comments:

Sabine da Silva said...

It's interesting to read how people mark the passage of time ... the opening of a restaurant for the season. Nice. Sounds like a fun place that smells good.

ENNYMAN said...

Actually, I think most of us mark the passage of time in various ways. People who play sports have seasons. And we all begin very early marking the school year and "summer" when school is out (unless you are stuck in summer school.)

Yes, Swamp Sisters is fun... they have a sense of humor, too... and the food is yummy.

Lloyd said...

The North Country has no place more fun to eat in than the Swamp Sisters Cafe. If you don't make new friends, it's your fault.

Lloyd Mattson

ENNYMAN said...

Yes, this is true. Were you there today? A lot of the regulars were in, I hear. Have a wonderful spring... and thanks for the note.
e.