Real Living Winter issue 2020

Yes, you want pie with that By Staci Rae Whether you are looking for a great cup of coffee to go with a hearty homemade breakfast, a delicious homemade burger or the kind of dessert you’ll be recommending to your friends for years to come, Tall Tales Café in Wallacetown is the place for you. Step inside the door at Tall Tales Café and you’ll immediately be struck by one thing: How welcome you feel. The vibe here is truly that of a community gatheringplacewhere, when the door opens, diners look up to greet the newcomer with a wave. Wallacetown is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and at Tall Tales Café every customer is treated like family. The menu here is varied, with something for everyone. They serve breakfast until 4pm “in case you can’t get up early enough,” which consists of many of the usual suspects like pancakes with home-made fruit sauce and whipped cream, omelettes, French toast, a breakfast burrito and a build-your- own option that allows you to customize your breakfast from a list of a la carte options. One notable standout among this all-start lineup is something I’ve never seen before: breakfast poutine. You know I had to order that! This offering is much like the standard poutine affair, except instead of fries the gravy and cheese sit atop chunky, delicious home fries! It’s definitely something I will order again. The peameal bacon sandwich was also delicious, that perfect not-quite-breakfast- but-not-quite-lunch option. The pancakes were plentiful and tasty, too, topped with generous amounts of house-made strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

Holly and John Mairleitner (who took over the business in 2002 when John’s mother retired) enthusiastically answered, “Our pies!” These mile-high creations use local fruits, sourced from local farms and from the family’s very own gardens. Whether you choose Mile-High Apple Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Maple

If breakfast isn’t your thing, Tall Tales Café offers an abundance of other options for later in the day as well, including burgers made from local Celtic Ridge Farms beef, Salisbury steak, chili, a farmer’s hot dog, and more. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it here, done exceptionally well. Oh, and let’s not forget dessert. When asked what they were famous for, owners

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