The Ole Store Restaurant suits Northfield. The pressed-tin ceilings and wood floors speak of the town’s historical architecture while brightly painted walls, funky masks and black-and-white photos reflect its artistic side.
New owners made some changes when they took over in 2011 but wisely kept the signature Ole Roll on the menu. Demand for these fat, gooey cinnamon rolls is especially high on the weekends, and it’s not uncommon to see happy diners wearing drips of caramel like badges of honor.
The rest of the menu is more upscale, showcasing regional farms and suppliers. Among the appetizers, bison nachos ($9.75) and an artisanal cheese plate with French bread, fruit and nuts ($10.50) stand out. Entreewise, tender Parmesan-crusted walleye ($19) comes with garlic mashed potatoes or creamy au gratin potatoes, and aged Angus steaks can be drizzled with St. Pete’s select blue cheese made in nearby Faribault. Lighter appetites might want to consider the coconut shrimp salad with mandarin oranges and mango vinaigrette ($12.75) or the spring greens with pear, blue cheese, candied walnuts and triple-berry vinaigrette. ($9.75).
It can get loud in here, but overall, the Ole Store makes a great destination for breakfast, lunch or a night out in Northfield.