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The Stallion Prime Rib burger at the Black Stallion Grill and Saloon in Hampton is this week's featured burger.

Week No. 12 • The Black Stallion Grill and Saloon

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Cravings for prime rib hit at anytime. But, who can justify eating prime rib for lunch? At the Black Stallion Grill and Saloon in Hampton, they make lunchtime prime rib easy -- they have a ground prime rib burger.

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It's a half-pound of freshly ground prime rib, served between a toasted sesame seed bun. Like the menu says, it melts in your mouth. I got mine with cheese and waffle fries for $14.49. The burger without cheese is $12.99.

The flavor is certainly unique. I could definitely tell the difference between the prime rib burger and a regular hamburger.

There are five burgers on the menu, including the avocado-bacon cheese burger, a mushroom and swiss burger, a patty melt, and a classic burger in half- or quarter-pound sizes.

Don't like burgers?

The Black Stallion has a big menu, including everything from prime rib to liver sauté to salmon to chicken kiev.

They have a Friday night fish fry for $10.99.

Their smoked prime rib is available every day after 4 p.m. There's a 10-ounce cut ($19.99), a 16-ounce cut ($25.99) and a 24-ounce cut ($32.99).

Where is the Black Stallion?

Hampton is located southwest of Hastings along Highway 52.

Don Desmarteau is the manager. He's been there for three years now.

Don Fluegel, Hastings, is the owner.

Desmarteau said smoked prime rib is the main specialty at the Black Stallion.

"Nobody else has anything like it," he said. "It's really good. Pretty much everything is awesome, but that's one of our specialities."

To see their entire menu, go to www.black stallionsaloon.com.

What Christina says

Regina Medical Center dietician Christina Gapp looked over the Black Stallion's menu and had this to say about healthful options there:

"The Black Stallion is a delightful place to dine. Somehow, I associate this restaurant with beef, but I am surprised to see the number of fish selections on the menu. They serve tilapia, tuna steak, scallops, salmon, walleye, and orange roughy. Ask for fish broiled for reduced calories or if you have some food allergies or sensitivities.

"Once in awhile, I do like a burger, and they serve the quarter pounder, which seems like a lost art to me.

"One study from the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging observed fish-eating patterns of more than 800 elderly people and the rates at which they developed Alzheimer's disease. Outcome - those who ate at least one fish meal per week were less likely to develop Alzheimer's than those who never ate fish.

"Omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on brain cell health. Fish oil helps brain cells stay healthy!

"You can keep your brain sharp and your heart healthy by adding more fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines to your eating plan."

As always, if you have ideas, comments or suggestions about this piece, please let me know. My phone number is 651-437-6153 and my e-mail address is crichardson@hastings stargazette.com.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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