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Susie's Kitchen

404 Broad Ave., Stanton, IA - (712) 829-2947
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 10:14:00 AM
Stanton, known as "The Little White City" for its charming wood-frame houses, is home of the world’s largest coffee pot. The multi-thousand cupper sits 125 feet above town to honor native daughter Virginia Christine, who played Mrs. Olson, the kindly Swedish lady who was once the spokesperson for Folger’s coffee. A few years ago, Stanton added the world’s largest cup and saucer to its wonders.

We had known about the coffee pot for many years, but learned about the cup and saucer from Susie Johnson, proprietor of Susie’s Kitchen. Susie serves her coffee in sturdy mugs, and it is a good companion to a slice of pie. There is always a large choice of cream pies and twin-crust pies. The one that must be eaten is Fruit of the Forest, an extravaganza of apple, rhubarb, strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry heaped into a golden crust that is light, flaky, and flavorful. In contrast, the cherry pie was nothing to write home about; when we asked Susie about the significant difference in crusts, she told us that she makes a lard crust for the Fruit of the Forest pie and a regular crust for cherry. A huge difference!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Fruit of the Forest Pie
Rye Bread
Swedish pancakes
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One of Iowa's top pies: fruits of the forest, made in a fine, flaky crust that only the inclusion of lard can achieve.
"One of Iowa's top pies: fruits of the forest, made in a fine, flaky crust that only the inclusion of lard can achieve."
Michael Stern





Swedish pancakes are egg-rich and ultra thin, complemented by lingonberry jam.
"Swedish pancakes are egg-rich and ultra thin, complemented by lingonberry jam."
Michael Stern


Susie adds molasses to her rye bread, giving it a sweet edge.
"Susie adds molasses to her rye bread, giving it a sweet edge."
Michael Stern


Toasted and buttered, Susie's rye is an ideal egg companion.
"Toasted and buttered, Susie's rye is an ideal egg companion."
Michael Stern


When I ordered the amazing coconut pie, I was expecting a creme pie.  Instead, it was a flaky-crusted, delicious custard pie.
"When I ordered the amazing coconut pie, I was expecting a creme pie. Instead, it was a flaky-crusted, delicious custard pie. "
Cliff Strutz


Susie's own lingonberry jam is the perfect accompaniment to the thin Swedish pancakes.  The excellent chewy rye bread used for the toast is also homemade by Susie.
"Susie's own lingonberry jam is the perfect accompaniment to the thin Swedish pancakes. The excellent chewy rye bread used for the toast is also homemade by Susie."
Cliff Strutz


Susie shows off a loaf of her homemade rye bread.
"Susie shows off a loaf of her homemade rye bread."
Michael Stern


Susie's Kitchen is where the denizens of Stanton, Iowa gather for good food and local news.
"Susie's Kitchen is where the denizens of Stanton, Iowa gather for good food and local news."
Cliff Strutz


When Susie's Kitchen is crowded, it is customary for diners to help themselves to coffee or tea and leave a dollar in the basket.
"When Susie's Kitchen is crowded, it is customary for diners to help themselves to coffee or tea and leave a dollar in the basket."
Michael Stern


Where all are welcome
"Where all are welcome"
Michael Stern


Stanton's giant coffee pot
"Stanton's giant coffee pot"
Michael Stern



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