Vomacka Round-Up

Vomacka

Brenda Johnson / Heavy Table

“Well, basically,” the server said, rolling her eyes at having to explain this so often, “vomacka is a creamy vegetarian soup. With no meat.” Explanation over.

For those wanting to know more, vomacka (voh-MAHTCH-ka) is the Czech word for “gravy.” It’s also a comfort food soup, comprised at its most basic of cream or half-and-half as well as potatoes, green beans, and dill. But there are variations galore throughout Eastern Europe that add pretty much any vegetable you can think of. So it’s not surprising that Minnesota communities with roots in Eastern Europe, like New Prague and Jordan, have vomacka as a regular item on cafe menus, using house recipes that are said to be generations old. If you happen to be in either of these charming towns (easy day trip from the Twin Cities), here are your options.

Lau's

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Lau’s Czech Bakery, on New Prague’s Main Street, offers vomacka every Thursday (and into the weekend if there’s enough). The version served here is bare bones, mostly green and yellow beans and potatoes. The base is silky and thick, but it would benefit from some more aromatic veggies; if there were any celery or onions involved here, they weren’t detectable. Diners have the option of squirting a bit of white vinegar onto the soup to up the flavor level.

Jordan Feed Mill

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In nearby Jordan, the Jordan Feed Mill also serves vomacka on Thursdays and into the weekend on occasion. The Mill, which brings out a list of specials handwritten on white index cards, serves a vomacka with noticeable celery and onions along with the potatoes and green / yellow beans. This makes for a more flavorful base without adding vinegar. But the soup is not as creamy as its counterpart at Lau’s and would benefit from the silkier texture, and it could use more dill. (Note: if you stop here for lunch, be sure to be seated in the dining room, which has great views overlooking Sand Creek.)

Vomacka at Jordan Feed Mill

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One of the newer entries is found at the Fishtale Grill in New Prague. Big chunks of celery and onion meld perfectly with the green and yellow beans and potatoes, and the amount of dill involved is hearty. The soup’s texture is pleasingly creamy, and it almost makes the idea of winter palatable again — this would be the perfect soup to order during a cold snap. Bonus: vomacka is on the menu every day at the Fishtale.

The Eastern European soup known as vomacka is alive and well at the Jordan Feed Mill in Jordan and Lau’s and Fishtale Grill in New Prague.

Lau’s Czech Bakery
121 Main St W
New Prague, MN 56071
952.758.3220
HOURS: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7p.m

Jordan Feed Mill
200 Water St
Jordan, MN 55352
952.492.3646
HOURS: Tues-Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri-Sat 6am-8 pm, Sun 6am-2pm

The Fishtale Grill
200 County Road 37 E
New Prague, MN 56071
952.758.8000
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10 pm, Sun 8am-9pm

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  1. Shari Nelson 10/18/2014 Reply

    My husband and I were in the area this past Thursday and had a bowl of Vomacka soup at Lau’s Bakery and it was delicious. First time we had tried it or even heard of it. We were in the area searching out our ancestors. My husband has a mother that is Czech. Her famaily lived in New Prague when they came over from Europe. The Prokes family.

  2. Naomi Krueger 06/28/2015 Reply

    Unfortunately,the Feed Mill restaurant in Jordan MN has closed for business. The soup there was really good!

  3. Roger Heyda 11/09/2015 Reply

    I live in Montgomery Mn. which is 7 miles south of New Prague. Davids diner which is
    located in the Mobile gas station on Hwy 13. There Vomacka is very good and is
    worth the trip

  4. Gretchen Burgess 02/02/2016 Reply

    The Fishtale’s Vomacka is to die for. I’ve moved away and still miss it!

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