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Best Community Breakfast 

click to enlarge Breakfast at Runeberg Lodge - PHOTO BY RYAN BURNS
  • photo by Ryan Burns
  • Breakfast at Runeberg Lodge

Every third Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Runeberg Lodge in Eureka (corner of Union and West Wabash) you'll find what may well be the best breakfast bargain in the county: Six bucks will get you four Swedish pancakes, dusted with powdered sugar and crowned with a scoop of whipped cranberry butter, plus three sausage links, a little Styrofoam cup of apple sauce, a cup of OJ and a porcelain mug of coffee.

But the key word in this category is "community," and that's the real appeal here. The lodge, which was founded as a temperance organization in the early 1900s by Swedish-speaking Finns, fills up with a bustling mix of families and seniors in their church finery, plus a growing number of breakfast fans who recognize a bargain when they see one. All sit together at long tables while lodge members (and their kids and grandkids, who earn tips from table-top mason jars) bring the food and beverages to the table, along with generous portions of good humor and conversation.


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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