The Heavy Table is pleased to feature an upcoming biweekly series of food-focused illustrations by the artist known as WACSO (Walking Around Checking Stuff Out). “Five-Star Food, One-Star Dives” is intended to showcase gems in the rough — easily overlooked little restaurants that offer up wonderful gastronomy in a humble wrapper.
“Hamburger” really isn’t a good way to describe a Tendermaid, because its meat doesn’t come in the typical hamburger patty form. “Loose meat” is more accurate: Think sloppy joe with all of the sloppy and none of the joe (no sauce) — just steamed ground beef on a bun. The recommended version comes with the following: ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, pickles… and a spoon. You’ll need the spoon to scoop up the other half of the meat that didn’t stay on the bun. The malts are tasty and the “Tender-Dog” (Tendermaid meat on a hot dog) comes highly recommended. Side note: It’s hard to call this place a “dive.” It’s one of the cleanest restaurants I’ve ever been in; I would eat off the floor, and that’s no joke. Can all you fancy-pants bistros say that?
217 4th Ave NE
Austin, MN 55912