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|A Menu Sure to Please|
By Lyann Olson
A new food joint has opened in the county. The Bowbells Hotel & Bistro is located on the corner of Railway St. SE and Main Street, entering from the back porch.
The Bistro boasts a delicious “Fresh Food Menu” that includes breakfast sandwiches and for lunch, unique sandwiches, soups and salads made with “fresh veggies and fresh bread.”
Opening at 6:30 a.m., all orders that are pre-ordered or called in are made. They start serving walk-ins at 8:00 a.m., staying open until 3:00 p.m. daily, including weekends.
Some of the sandwiches one can sink his teeth into include The Gobbler, Here Piggy Piggy, Holy Cow and Gone Fishin’ to name a few. Their signature sandwich sauce keeps customers coming back.
What makes the Bistro’s sandwiches stand out, along with their signature sauce, is the bread and fresh vegetables. They have Italian panini bread and freshly baked Torpedo rolls, Focaccia bread, white or honey wheat sub rolls, bagels and homemade croutons.
For breakfast one can order a kaiser roll or croissant breakfast sandwich or breakfast burrito. The meal comes with hashbrowns and a drink for a very modest price.
The Bistro provides 20 lunch sandwiches and you can request that any one of them be made on a wrap. There are four salads including the Kicken Chicken Salad, The Italian and The Killer Nacho consisting of tri colored chips, beef taco meat, four kinds of beans, melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and jalapeno on the side (upon request).
Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!
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