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Week No. 6 • Little Oscar's

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Hastings, 55033
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

There's bacon. Then there's The Bacon at Little Oscar's in Hampton.

The Bacon at Little Oscar's could make an old shoe taste good. So, imagine The Bacon on top of cheesy hash browns, on top of a 1/2 pound burger, sandwiched between two soft buns.

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Well, I didn't have to imagine it last week. I ate it. Every last piece of it, in fact.

It was the Wig Wag Caboose Burger Supreme, available along Highway 52 for $7.99 including the fries.

A little-known fact: Little Oscar's sells the bacon for you to take home and cook. It's yours for $6 a pound.

Don't miss

Breakfast at Little Oscar's usually gets all the press, and for good reason.

Oscar's Engineer Breakfast is my favorite. For $7.29 you get a small juice, two eggs, hash browns, bacon and toast.

Their pancakes are huge and they have six different three-egg omelets to choose from.

Breakfast, by the way, is served all day. One Star Gazette staff member in attendance even had a buckwheat pancake (with a side of bacon, of course).

Little Oscar's has a kid's menu, too. A hot dog, fries and fruit snack is $4.19.

Lastly, dessert. By the time I am done with lunch, I'm usually not in any condition to have dessert at Little Oscar's. That said, on the day we were there, a number of massive cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls were on display. One of these days, I'll save space to give one of these a shot.

Don't like burgers?

So burgers and bacon aren't your thing? No problem.

The day we were there, chow mein was a daily special. The dinner menu is highlighted by fried chicken ($9.89), spaghetti ($8.29), deep fried cod ($8.99) a hamburger steak ($8.99) and a ham steak ($8.99).

About Little Oscar's

According to the menu, Little Oscar's was founded in 1964 by Oscar and Carroll Palrud, who were from Cannon Falls.

In November 2005, Vicky Dohmen, a Hampton native, bought the establishment.

They are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The restaurant has added catering recently.

What Christina says

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

"Little Oscar's appears to listen to their patrons. There is something on the menu for everyone. My favorite is the 'smaller appetites' section. Even 1/3 pound (5 ounces or more) of meat is a lot though, and you could save half of your entree for lunch tomorrow. Little Oscar's has a nice variety, and I love the idea that I don't have to be a senior to get the smaller fare.

"It has come to my attention that many people try to diet by saving all the calories for one bigger meal. I don't know why, but forgoing a snack because I 'will be going out' doesn't work for me. I end up eating way too much at the later time, because I am starving.

"Many people have moved away from 'three square meals' a day and instead opt for eating four to six small meals. Little meals aren't just snacks eaten between larger meals; instead, they're several small portions eaten throughout the day. As long as your food choices add up to MyPyramid recommendations without overeating, eating five or six mini-meals can be as healthful as three meals a day. Go to www.mypyramid.gov for more on that. It's all about balance, variety, and moderation, with individual nutritional needs specified."

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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