Tasting Fall at Ruby’s Restaurant

When you begin breakfast with an appetizer of big, fluffy fresh-made cinnamon rolls dripping with sweet white icing and gooey-sweet caramel pecan rolls, you think you hit the highlight of the meal, but the delectable tastes don’t end with Ronnie’s World Famous Rolls at Ruby’s Restaurant in Decorah, Iowa.

cinnamon rollsI could have switched from sweet to savory with eggs benedict made with house-made hollandaise sauce or an chicken fajita omelette. However, when I saw that Ruby’s was offering fall specials like pumpkin pancakes and apple French toast, I couldn’t resist.

My choice was the pumpkin pancakes, full of fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, served with a big dollop of whipped cream.

pumpkin pancakesSome of my fellow travelers ordered the apple French toast, made with apples plucked right from the trees in co-owner Jo Olson’s yard. You can’t get any fresher than that.

french toastRuby’s, Restaurant & Catering, a family-owned business, has been serving up made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch meals for almost fifty years, specializing in American and Norwegian fare.

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I didn’t get to try Ruby’s for lunch, but with menu items like Norwegian Meatballs made from a fourth-generation family recipe and homemade chicken pot pie with a cream cheese crust, it’s no wonder Ruby’s Restaurant is one of Decorah’s top restaurants, according to Trip Advisor.

Ruby’s Restaurant & Catering, located in downtown Decorah, Iowa, at 120 East Water Street, is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays). Besides breakfast and lunch, you can purchase homemade loaves of bread (whole wheat, white, Norwegian rye, cinnamon, raisin cinnamon or sourdough), as well as Jo’s homemade jams and jellies.

Disclosure: My visit to Ruby’s Restaurant was hosted by the Iowa Tourism Office, but any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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