by Dan Hudson
Continuing with our international dining experience in St. Joseph, we stop by Bello Cucina to take on the tall task of choosing one of many amazing Italian dishes. Enhancing our experience is the cheerful Italian motif of their various dining spaces.
Macaroni and cheese to the rescue? Back in 1908, Alfredo de Leilo, an Italian restauranteur, created Alfredo fettuccine. After his wife had given birth to their first son that year, she did not have an appetite. To help encourage her to eat, he created a dish of noodles, cheese and butter. Both Bella Cucina and Neighbors Route 75 Restaurant feature this enticing dish. Some of the other St. Joseph restaurants offer macaroni and cheese for the younger palate.
The eclectic menu at Neighbors Route 75 includes some ethnic choices like Thai chicken, taco salad, pizza, Orleans pasta and Italian lemon cake.
Down the street and around the corner is some excellent Chinese food. When I first moved to town a few years ago, I frequently stopped at China One for takeout. I liked everything on the menu. It’s made fresh and always with a smile.
Don’t overlook Grilled Cravings. They make a mean gyro wrap and Chicago-style hotdog. I’ve found it difficult to find a good Chicago dog in Minnesota.
Ever heard of a shawarma? Neither have I. I will soon be heading to Bo Diddley’s to experience something completely new. OK. I just returned home with my shawarma and my first bite was amazing. Great flavor! I will certainly be back for more.
Apple strudel is a very popular dessert in Europe, and many countries claim it originated with their country. Some Austrians claim it as their national dessert. It is a fancier version of apple pie. Another food with contested origins is the omelet. Different Internet sites mention France, Spain, Persia and Rome as the originators. Rumor has it that Napoleon Bonaparte was served his first omelet by an innkeeper in a small village. He so was delighted with it that he had all the eggs in the town gathered in order to serve omelets to his army the next day. Wonderful apple strudel and omelets are available at Kay’s Kitchen Restaurant.
Looking to try a new bread? Flour & Flower sells a German rye loaf, among others. They also have a variety of fresh-made croissants.
I’m sure you will discover more than is mentioned here if you take the time to explore all the menus St. Joseph has to offer.