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Cunningham’s Feed Grill, Bar and Bakery

Cunningham’s Feed Grill, Bar and Bakery

In the heart of the Republican River Valley, you will find Cunningham’s Feed, a restaurant with thoughtfully sourced ingredients, unique menu options and the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date. When Rural Foodies were looking for something more than blue plate specials and bar fare, they headed to Cunningham’s Feed, a place that never disappoints…

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

North of Lake McConaughy lies a ranch where you can stumble into the pages of a Louis L’Amour novel, writes Scott Rager. And the family that runs Haythorn Ranch has the western hospitality and tasty cooking to make you feel right at home…

Traditions Inn

Traditions Inn

Columbus’ historic downtown district is home to a charming restaurant and pub that features architectural details, a lush garden view and locally sourced produce and food sources. Traditions Inn drew the Rural Foodies to Columbus recently and it was a feast for the eyes, soul and stomach…

Stones Thoreau

Stones Thoreau

Harold Stone of Davenport has very little down time. This entrepreneur wears many different hats: farmer, retailer, restaurateur and storyteller. When Rural Foodies returned to his brick and mortar South Maple Street, they were delighted to find canning season in full swing…

Farmers’ Market Produce

Farmers’ Market Produce

In this month’s Rural Foodie adventure, Betty Sayers steps outside to visit Jean and Garreld Fecht, whose veggies grace the aisles of many of central Nebraska farmers’ markets. After visiting with the Fechts at Holdrege’s farmers’ market, Betty visits their garden acres in and around Axtell to get to the root of the story…

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Next to a still lake the color of moss, with mighty cottonwood trees swaying in rhythm, our Rural Foodies fired up the grill to celebrate a Rural Foodie find, Sehnert’s Bakery pizza crusts. “I set out to highlight the flavors of summer and the quality of a locally made product,” writes Scott Rager…

4th Avenue Coffee

4th Avenue Coffee

Since 4th Avenue Coffee opened in Holdrege last September, Rural Foodie writer Scott Rager has found himself returning again and again to this coffee shop. It’s a place where mud-crusted farm trucks rub shoulders with shiny SUVs…

Chopped: Rural Foodie Style

Chopped: Rural Foodie Style

Our May Rural Foodie adventure started with a culinary road map designed by our readers. When Rural Foodies Scott Rager and Betty Sayers returned from Davenport, Neb., where they had visited South Maple Street kitchen and Stones Thoreau for last month’s Rural Success Story, the fabulous ingredients they brought home begged for something well beyond the norm…

The Office

The Office

Scott Rager met another visionary in this month’s Rural Foodie feature when he stumbled upon a local watering hole in Alma that epitomizes the phrase “a place where everybody knows your name…

Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant

Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant

If you need another way to beat the wintertime blues, look no further than Betty Sayer’s feature on Mariscos Villarreal Seafood Restaurant in Grand Island. Since we can’t send everyone on a holiday trip to sunny Mexico, Mariscos Villarreal is the next best thing…

Main Street Cafe

Main Street Cafe

It was a strong Nebraska wind, and a dedicated diner’s high praise, that drove Scott Rager to Main Street Cafe in this month’s Rural Foodies trek. When he blew in the door, he found a port in the storm serving comfort food to rival Grandma’s…

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge

After just one visit to Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse and Lounge, Scott Rager has his own tall tale to tell, one that features The Best in the West chicken fried steak, Omaha-worthy Ruebens and the Best Burger in the State…