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Alger’s Pizza Palace Mount Vernon, Iowa

Located on the Main Street in the Historic College town (Home of Cornell College) of Mount Vernon, (we all know College kids take their pizza very VERY seriously) lies a Royal little pizza place called Pizza Palace.

Hawaiian Thick Crust Pizza

Hawaiian Thick Crust Pizza

Oh yum.  Is all I have to say.  Andrew, Brighton, and I stopped by there on a Thursday evening.  The place was almost empty less a few late comers such as ourselves, but the pizza (we ordered the Hawaiian with a thick crust) was absolutely outstanding.

Made by the owner himself, Rawley Alger, the cheese was perfectly melted and browned, the crust was crispy and full of flavor, the ingredients including pineapple and Canadian bacon, didn’t “wet” the pizza down like Hawaiian pizza can sometimes be.  Instead, it was wonderfully fresh and just about the most perfect pizza I have ever had.    In addition, the price is extremely reasonable, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is fun and feels very historic and homey.  A large Hawaiian pizza costs the same, maybe a dollar more, than a large Casey’s specialty pizza on sale.  And for the price of about $14, you get local service, great food, and you get to support a locally and family owned (since 1986) business.  Which just makes it taste a little better… 🙂

Alger’s Pizza Palace is located at 106 1st Street West in Mount Vernon Iowa.  Their phone number (for carry out!) is (319) 895-6971.  If you visit, you can pass the time by searching the mural on the wall for the treasure hunt items listed in the middle on the list. Extra points if you can find the mice (of which only 3 people know the locations of…)

If any coupons are available, you can find them here.

Find out more about Mount Vernon here.

Find out more about Mount Vernon Commerce here.

Tabor Home Wines, Baldwin Iowa

Snuggled in between the rolling hills of Jackson County lies a century farm and acres of grape vines at a

family owned winery called Tabor Home.  I’m no stranger to Tabor Home.  I met them years ago at the farmer’s market in Cedar Rapids, fell in love with their wines, and have been a “fan” ever since.  My husband and I ordered 2 cases of wine for our wedding, and the rest is history.

The road to Tabor Home takes you through the rolling hills deep in the heart of Grant Wood Country.  Which makes the trip not only about the destination but also the journey.  Through the summer, they have Music in the Vineyard beginning in June every other week until the end of September.  But it doesn’t end there, they also have other activities such as the Wine Trail in April and November, Nouveau Wine Festival and the Holiday Open House in November.  You can log onto their website to get details.

Among the many activities, they also carry a variety of local foods including cheese and chocolate made with Tabor’s own Raspberry wine (my personal favorite) and offer several recipes and lists of foods to pair with their wonderful wines, also available at their website.  Tabor grows all their red wine grapes and most of their whites.  They do purchase some from other growers around the area, but also from the Mississippi Valley.  Last year, they harvested 18 tons of grapes from their own vineyards and expect that many again this year.

And the Pièce de résistance, their selection of wonderful wines ranging in price from $9.75 to $18.95 and flavors ranging from the grapiest grape to the best of red.  (sorry for THAT description Paul).  The winery is open for tasting Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6.  You can call ahead and ask for tours or just stop in and try some wines.  Tell Dr. Tabor that I sent you 🙂

VIsit their website Here