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Nibbles and Brunch

1101 12th St. SE.
Bismarck  North Dakota  58504
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Midwest Living Review

Beth Schatz Kaylor
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but Nibbles and Brunch serves honest, homemade Midwestern cooking. Save room for dessert and sample the kuchen!

Nibbles and Brunch is a terrible name for this cafe. The name makes us think of tiny watercress sandwiches, asparagus and lox omelets, maybe mimosas. But this cafe is hard-core hearty Midwestern German stick-to-your-ribs food, served by thick-waisted, straight-talkin' women who expect you to clean your plate. It's a hole-in-the-wall cafe in a terrible location and completely unappealing from the outside, but the kuchen makes it worth the visit. Open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., the cafe has a breakfast menu featuring homemade caramel rolls, available as a single roll or purchase a dozen at a time. The lunch and dinner menu includes typical sandwiches, wraps and pastas, but also highlights popular local German items like knoephla, fleischkuckle and cheese buttons. Cheese buttons, which are basically a piece of cottage cheese-filled dough, can be served either sweet (often with maple syrup) or savory. Cheese buttons taste either like pure comfort food or really bland, depending on your tastes. The only way to find out is to try one ($8.99 for two). The borscht soup is overly salty, the knoephla soup is good ($2.75 for a cup), but the kuchen is the main attraction ($3). Kuchen, another German specialty, is a custard pie that is often too dry and bready in the crust. Kuchen purists may balk at Nibbles and Brunch's take on the dessert, but this kuchen is rich, creamy and straight-up delicious.

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