Tuesday, August 19, 2008

High Plains Risotto

We made sure to stop in at the Omaha Whole Foods Market for a healthy brunch and to stock up on reasonable road food before pushing off for a little town in northern South Dakota called Aberdeen. We had a feeling that this might be the last non-corporate food we’d see for a while.

Thus imagine our surprise when, after driving for hours through a landscape of chain-food, we found ourselves dinning well at the Ward Hotel on Aberdeen’s main drag. The Ward is a granddame in the midst of a significant renovation. We ended up at their bar working our way through some nicely done salads, a lovely rich saffron risotto with tiger prawns, and a fine flatiron steak.

Given that this town or 25,000 lives on agriculture and a couple of small colleges, you’ve got to wonder if this place is a start of something cool or a flash in the pan. Either way, it’s a treat.

Whole Foods Market Omaha
10020 Regency Cir
Omaha, NE 68114

Ward Hotel
104 S Main St
Aberdeen, SD 57401

1 comment:

Pleen said...

When in doubt, Whole Foods is definitely the righteous way to go!