Saint Paul, Minnesota
August 12, 2005
The Norske Nook doesn't seem like much from the outside, but if you have Norwegian in your blood, you're drawn like a moth to a flame. This small restaurant has a few locations throughout Wisconsin, so if you are not traveling through Hayward, try the one in Rice Lake or Osseo.
When I first entered the Nook, I was surprised at how much it felt like a breakfast diner. There are booths lining the walls, and the rest of the tables are speckled Formica. All of the waitresses (read: there was not a single male working during breakfast) are dressed in the same outfit - there is Norwegian embroidery all over it! This place felt like a throwback to the ‘50s.
Breakfast was excellent, so don't pass the Norske Nook up because it looks like every other place. They do standard breakfasts, like omelettes and pancakes, but you can also get them topped with cranberry-apple. The cran-apple mix is yummy and less than $3.
The reason you're at the Norske Nook, though, is for the traditional Norwegian plates. The Nook does lefse wraps, too. Lefse is a giant Scandanavian tortilla, and it's tasty in a wrap or with some topping. You can also get items topped with hollandaise sauce, a great Norwegian treat.
The Nook does lunch and dinner, too, but everyone seems to flock here for breakfast. If you come for the early meal, take some pie home! They have about 20 varieties of pie, and they're deliciously sweet.
Visit the Norske Nook website for a full menu and hours.
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