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The Little Cottage Cafe

2513 E. Main Ave.
Bismarck  North Dakota  58501
United States
(701) 223-4949

Midwest Living Review

Beth Schatz Kaylor
Don't let the size of this tiny diner fool you; customers keep coming back for big portions of great home-cooked food served with a smile.

One bite of the fluffy French toast and crispy bacon ($4.50 for two slices of each with an egg thrown in for good measure), and you'll understand why the Little Cottage Cafe is packed with regulars nearly every morning. Packed is actually an understatement; the interior is tiny and lines can be long on the weekends, but the loyal customers don’t seem to mind.

On the eastern edge of Main Avenue, the Little Cottage Cafe serves home-cooked breakfasts all day long, but the lunch and dinner menus are also worth consideration. Knoephla soup, a creamy chicken broth with dumplings, is a local specialty and one of the most-ordered items. The cottage burger topped with mushrooms and Swiss ($6.49 with fries and knoephla) is wonderful as well, with a hand-formed patty that’s worlds above what you get at the ubiquitous fast-food chains.

In fact, this whole restaurant feels worlds away from big-city (or even little-city) hustle and bustle. Prices are low, the food is good, and you'll  rub elbows with friendly local farmers who've just rolled in from the wheat fields wearing overalls and caps emblazoned with seed company logos.

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