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Our Town Mount Vernon-Lisbon: Lincoln Cafe Gets Rave Reviews
By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer
MOUNT VERNON - We continue our weeklong visit to Our Town Mount Vernon-Lisbon by giving you a real gourmet taste of the Midwest. One restaurant in Our Town serves much more than your average hamburger.
Grilled Carolina quail, fresh Virginia flounder, apple pumpkin seedcake, sound like a menu from an upscale city restaurant? The Lincoln Café's chef is getting rave reviews from coast to coast.
Just before the Lincoln Café will opens its doors, owner and chef Matt Steigerwald puts the finishing touches on the night's menu.
"Local spinach, local organic spinach is one of the farmers we order from. She called me yesterday, she said I'm picking it right now you want it?" said Steiger.
Matt uses area farmers to supply his restaurant with locally grown produce. Like a painter on a canvas, Matt blends together a mix of rich flavors to give each dish a unique taste.
"I like eggs with steaks. I don't know if it's a breakfast thing but I really like eggs and steaks together," said Steiger.
Three different entrees are prepared every night. Before the food makes it to the customer the staff learns about each dish.
Originally from North Carolina, Matt came to the area seven years ago when his partner found a job at Cornell College. Shortly after moving to town, he purchased the vacant Mount Vernon Cafe, transforming it into the popular destination it is today.
"I think people do like to have this high end nice food in a very relaxed atmosphere that has definitely become the trend in dining anyway. So I leave it how it is, and it works for people," said Steiger.