The Ethnic Restaurants of GREG’S Town

Hi folks, Chef G. here. Today I’m taking a break from my duties as host of The Chef G. Cooking Channel in order to substitute for Gregblood here on Cycle365. The man known as The Czar of the Monthly Challenge is a great guy and a natural born leader. Like many natural born leaders, he has a huge ego. In fact, his ego is so huge that he has at least three alter-egos to assist him. I am one of those alter-egos.

Of course, The Czar likes to lead by example, as evidenced by his ridiculously large number of posts. But he also knows that a true leader is able to delegate some of the workload to his most trusted underlings. That’s where I come in. I don’t think he could have chosen anybody more qualified for today’s project than ME, Chef G. (Just look up there at the top of this page and you’ll see one of the many awards I’ve earned for my chef-ing skills.)

I’ve been assigned to take you on a tour of local restaurants that represent the finest cuisines from around the world. Sure, this town has McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Taco Bell, Jimmy John’s, Appleby’s, and other fine nationally-known chain restaurants, but those aren’t the places that make Hastings, Minnesota an international destination for food excellence. No, that reputation comes from its locally owned eateries with somewhat authentic dishes and fairly well-trained chefs.

German food (and bier) at its finest.

One of three fine Chinese restaurants in Hastings.

Best of all, it has a menu posted in the window. Look at that variety!

Italian food is recognized throughout the world for it’s tastiness and attention to freshness and detail. This place is recognized throughout the western part of Hastings for something like that.

If you’re looking for excellence in authentic Mexican fare, you can do no better than Las Margaritas. (At least here in Hastings.)

This restaurant serves mostly standard bar food, but it is owned by a Vietnamese woman who also makes a really, really good pho. (In all seriousness, the pho is really, really is delicious.)

If you’re a gladiator looking for authentic Roman food after a hard day at the Coliseum, by all means you should stop by the Coliseum Sports Bar & Grill for a Roman Budweiser and a Roman Fish Fry or a Roman Burger.

And if you’re a Packer fan from the far off land of Wisconsin, eat your heart out (literally) at this cheese joint.

Thank you for joining me on this tour. I’m sure I’ll be a guest host again, since I AM quite an acclaimed celebrity chef. So I hope to see you all again in the very near future. Sincerely,

Chef G.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

13 response to "The Ethnic Restaurants of GREG’S Town"

  1. By: Rocky Posted: August 6, 2021

    Wow! You should have showed all these fine restaurants while we were in Hastings. We could have skipped our European trip! Oh well, too late now.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: August 6, 2021

    I’m sorry, Rocky. I just didn’t think you’d believe me if I told you that you could enjoy all the culinary delights of Europe, without actually having to go to Europe. If only I had this photographic evidence when you guys were here.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: August 6, 2021

    Thank you Chef G, for this unparalleled tour of the eateries in GREG’S town. I would never have guessed such exotic and far reaching cuisine would be in Hastings. Just goes to prove that one need not travel far from home to enjoy all the different and ethnic foods from far away places.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 6, 2021

      We had L&M lunch — a small town lunch counter that really was super good — that morphed into Mr. B’s when Larry and Mick retired, and then failed.
      That’s about it here. 🙁

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: August 6, 2021

    Sitting on the wall by the planter outside the Social Tavern, isn’t that Guy Fieri?

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 7, 2021

      Yup, that was him. He was going to feature the Hastings Social Tavern on one of his episodes of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” but when he saw Chef G. had discovered it first, he cowered in shame and did a little gardening.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 7, 2021

      Damn, there is something about a good pho broth that I can’t describe. I’d love to get a recipe for the broth from a good pho chef. To heck with the meat and vegetables, it’s the herbs.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 7, 2021

    Especially liked the last photo.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 7, 2021

      Somehow, I knew you’d like that Green Bay Packer symbol. You are a true Cheesehead.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: August 7, 2021

    What a choice you have! I’ll follow your example and get some pictures of our “ethnic” or non-German eateries soon.

    • By: gregblood Posted: August 7, 2021

      I look forward to seeing it. Do you have any pasty shops?

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: August 8, 2021

    Pasty shops? I didn’t even know how to pronounce pasty until I read your recipe and had to look it up.

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