At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe

Eclectic | New American | Vegetarian
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The name of this place is confusing. Both “Chester Creek Cafe” and “At Sara’s Table” are emblazoned on the door; and the sign on the building says “Taran’s Market Place.” But hey, what’s in a name? If you are looking for high-quality, raised-consciousness meals in laid-back surroundings, here they are. The unupholstered hardwood booths are not all that comfortable, but there is a cozy sitting area up front around a fireplace where University of Minnesota types drink coffee and read counter-culture literature; and regulars are comfortable enough that they know where to go to refill their own coffee cups.

As you enter and head towards a table in the back, look left. Here are cases with the days pies and cakes; and it is these desserts that are Sarah’s most outstanding dishes. Gorgeous fruit pies with coarse sugar on a crunchy crust, thick cream pies, an unbelievably good pecan pie, plus carrot cake, devil’s food cake with buttercream frosting, scones, muffins, and even ruggelach – all made right here. Pre-pie, supper menus range from wild pacific salmon and grass-fed ribeye to vegetarian and/or gluten-free items including squash ravioli and wild mushroom ragout. Although it’s nothing like traditional pizza, my iconoclastic whole-grain-crust pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, walnut-cranberry pesto, chevre, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar was a joy. And the salads we ate – golden beet and winter panzanella – were charming and delicious.

Chester Creek Cafe at Sara’s Table is a three-meal-a-day place. The breakfast menu includes cranberry wild rice bread French toast, buttermilk pancakes served with either maple syrup or apple-beer syrup(!), and something called a “hippie farm breakfast.”

What to Eat
At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe, Golden Beet Salad
Golden Beet Salad
Must-Try
Golden beet salad is topped with two warmed medallions of chevre.
At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe, Pie
Pie
Must-Try
We were tipped off to Chester Creek Cafe At Sara's Table by a Duluthian chocolatier who told us that the pies were better than his mother's. Here's a slice of blueberry. Note the coarse grains of sugar atop that flaky crust. The filling is intensely fruity and just sweet enough.
At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe, Winter Panzanella Salad
Winter Panzanella Salad
Panzanella salad is a Tuscan dish made with cubes of bread that soften in the dressing as well as tomato, squash, potato and plenty of caramelized onions. An appetizer for two or a very nice little meal.
At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe, Pizza
Pizza
Sara's offers a different dinner pizza each day. This one's puffy whole wheat crust is topped with mozzarella and chevre, walnut cranberry pesto, and a drizzle of balsamico. Weird ... but very easy to eat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7:30am - 9pm
Monday7am - 9pm
Tuesday7am - 9pm
Wednesday7am - 9pm
Thursday7am - 9pm
Friday7am - 9pm
Saturday7am - 9pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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