Last night, Steve took me to the Lincoln Cafe in Mount Vernon, Iowa, for my birthday. I’d been dying to go there since my friend Amy sent me a copy of an article in the May 2004 issue of O Magazine profiling the chef and highlighting the restaurant.
The food was fabulous, just as I’d hoped. The restaurant generally has three entree specials, all featuring seasonal and/or local ingredients, and from the first bite of salad to the last bite of dessert, it was a fabulous meal. Steve had the quail, I had the pork chop.
We took a bottle of Wallace Winery’s Joan’s Cuvee, a bottle that I bought back in April and had been saving for a special occasion. Yes, you skeptics out there (and I used to be one of your number)…this wine was made in Iowa, and was good enough to save for a special occasion.
The waitress was kind enough to take our picture just before we dug into dessert. Notice the book next to my arm? It was one of my presents, and I’ve already dug into the first two chapters.