At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe, Duluth, 11/9/17

front
front

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe is a large place on a corner, that used to be Taran’s Market.  It attempts to use local products and grows some of its own in their garden.  When you enter you have the choice of doors, one to the restaurant and one to the bar.  A bit of the kitchen in visible when you enter the restaurant side, as are some shelves filled with souvenier and  books.  There is also a counter that sells baked goods and hand dipped ice cream as well as a small seating area near a fireplace.  The restaurant itself winds around in a “U” shape around the rest of the kitchen.  There are booths and tables and finally the end is a library room lined with filled bookshelves and windows to the parking lot.  

building
building

Many of the materials composing the space were reclaimed fromt he original grocery that was there. The menu offers breakfast (till 3:00), lunch (11:00 – 3:00),  some specials that are on a card on the table and the dinner menu which I did not see.  They have a nice selection of wine by the glass as well as bar drinks.  Service was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is very cozy in the library.  The food is good, not great, but good enough that I’d go back again.  Good ingredients and thoughtful preparation make this a place worthy of a visit if you’re in the area.

check out counter
payment counter
Frankie wanted to turn on the fireplace
Frankie wanted to turn on the fireplace
entry area
entry area
interior
interior
interior
interior
Library room
Library room
Frankie checked out the plants on one of the shelves
Frankie checked out the plants on one of the shelves
breakfast menu
breakfast menu
lunch menu
lunch menu
Frankie pointed out the fall specials
Frankie pointed out the fall specials
white and red wines
white and red wines

 

We tried the Ham and Gouda melt that included Beeler’s ham, smoked gouda, caramelized onions, honey mustard all on Delta Diner (they have their own Frankie entry) whole wheat sourdough bread.  On the side you have the options of kettle chips, hand-cut french fries or carrot sticks.  We chose fries for both.  The ham had nice flavor and the cheese was melted in with the sweet onions.  It was pretty good and one I’d order again.

ham and gouda cheese
Ham and gouda sandwich
inside
inside
Frankie read through some of the books
Frankie read through some of the books

 

We also tried the Pecan Chicken which was pecan crusted baked chicken breast, cranberry-peach chutney, creamy brie on a croissant. It was either half a croissant or a small one split in half with the crusted chicken on top. The house-made chutney was really good and added a fun component to the fairly dull chicken.  The melted brie was another good choice to bring some life to this sandwich.  Although there was nothing wrong with this choice the other was that much better that I wouldn’t order it again.  The fries were good with bits of crispness and a good potato flavor.

Pecan chicken sandwich
Pecan chicken sandwich
Frankie liked the old mirror
Frankie liked the old mirror

 

We ended the meal with a piece of their carrot cake.  It was moist and topped with a tasty icing and bits of nuts.  It was really tasty and a good end to the meal.

beverage menu cover
beverage menu cover
beer and desserts
beer and desserts
drinks and cocktails
drinks and cocktails
Carrot cake
Carrot cake
closer
closer
from the top
from the top
Fun waitress Melissa and Frankie
Fun waitress Melissa and Frankie
peak in the kitchen
peak in the kitchen
signs
signs
signs
signs
Frankie wanted to turn on the fireplace
Frankie wanted to turn on the fireplace
Frankie posed on the shelves with things to take with you
Frankie posed on the shelves with things to take with you
about the restaurant
about the restaurant
dessert counter
dessert counter
dessert counter
dessert counter
The sign spoke to Frankie
The sign spoke to Frankie
ice cream
ice cream
Frankie and the ladies who started the restaurant
Frankie and the ladies who started the restaurant

 

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