Lange’s Café

Diner | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
One of the best

As soon as we walked into Lange’s Cafe, the look of the caramel rolls and the crust on the pies told us we had hit paydirt. This is a fine, family-run cafe with a three-meal-a-day menu of hearty, heartland fare.

Beef is the entrée not to miss. Listed as roast beef if it comes on a plate with mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy, and as hot beef if it is served in a sandwich with mashed potatoes on top and gravy all over, it is pot-roast-tender and deep-flavored. Mashed potatoes are the real thing; dinner rolls that come alongside are freshly baked.

The caramel rolls that so many people eat for breakfast must be sampled any time they are available. They are immense blocks of sweet, yeasty dough – about 3x3x3-inches; and they are bathed in buttery warm caramel syrup that has a burnt smack to its sweetness.

Sour cream raisin pie is a specialty of bakers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa; and Lange’s version is in the top tier of great ones, built upon a custard that is dense, packed with raisins, creamy and sweet with the sour-cream edge that makes its sweetness all the more potent. Its meringue is airlight; the crust flakes when poked by a fork.

What to Eat
Lange’s Café, Caramel Roll
Caramel Roll
Caramel rolls are a Midwest cafe specialty, and few are in a league with Lange's.
Lange’s Café, Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Not picture perfect, but flavorwise, this sour cream raisin pie is in the Pantheon of pastries.
Lange’s Café, Hot Beef
Hot Beef
You can't see how moist and tender the hot beef inside this sandwich is; but you CAN see the mashed potatoes on top, which are genuine.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday6am - 9pm
Monday6am - 9pm
Tuesday6am - 9pm
Wednesday6am - 9pm
Thursday6am - 9pm
Friday6am - 9pm
Saturday6am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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