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Posted November 14, 2012 in Community Featured, Winterset

Free-range eggs help make the Northside omelette extra special, and the dressed arugula nest is the perfect frame for those delicious crab cakes.

Sisters Michele Jahncke (and her husband Walter and their five children) and Richele Baburina (and her husband Oleg and their two children) combined all their unique talents and culinary skills with their mutual love of hometown comforts, and together they re-opened the doors of a refurbished, yet still very familiar Northside Café.

“We’ve had so much fun with this,” says Michele. “We’ve fallen in love with this community and plan to raise our families here. That’s why it was so important to us to work together to create daily menus that incorporate fresh produce and products from the local farmers and gardeners, wineries and bakeries.”

“We are still tweaking the menus, sometimes even daily,” says Walter, who not only does a great deal of the cooking, but has made several menu contributions inspired from his home state of New Orleans. “The most important thing is we are keeping it fresh, cutting out preservatives and offering a menu that fits this community. We have lunch specials that are designed to get employees a good lunch and back to work on time, and breakfast menus for busy students. We’ve kept the large community room in back for groups and club meetings. And if they have an event coming up, all they have to do is call ahead, or touch base with us on Facebook.”

We tested out the menu for you. For our Sunday lunch choice, we settled on the simple Northside omelette, but were served an egg dish that was anything but simple. Someone back in that kitchen knows how to make flavors sing, so much so that we went for a repeat challenge and ordered a side of those intriguing crab cakes and orange basil sauce. They were served beautifully on a bed of peppery arugula; the panko-crusted gems were fabulous and equaled, if not surpassed, anything from a seafood specialty restaurant and probably at half the cost.

Northside Café
61 Jefferson St.
Tues. – Thur.: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Breakfast all day)

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