I kept hearing a buzz about a new restaurant opening in Benedict, so I thought I would check it out.

I called my friend  Jason “Slim” Johnson and made arrangements to visit the Benedict Outpost Bar and Grill. Slim is a discerning and  sagacious fellow whose opinions are valued by countless people.

We arrived early for lunch and visited with the owners — Mike Diekmann and his mother Nancy Jacobson. We ordered a pizza and a bacon cheeseburger basket each, and Nancy gave me a tour as the food was prepared.

Nancy did a great job decorating the restaurant that seats about 50 people. I particularly enjoyed the decor in the women’s restroom. There is not another restroom like it in Minnesota.

The food was delivered promptly, and it was tasty and well prepared. The burger was hand-patted and was filling. I enjoyed a diet Pepsi.

Slim, with his gourmet proclivities, enjoyed a German Blond beer.

The Benedict Outpost has a full bar and six beers on tap. It is open seven days a week. The menu includes sandwiches in the $8 to $10 range. There is also a wide selection of salads and pizzas available. The full menu is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with pizza and appetizers available after 8. They also have a children’s menu.  

The Outpost is located in beautiful downtown Benedict and is accessible from the bike and snowmobile trail.

Our verdict? You should check this place out. It has a comfortable vibe. The food is good and reasonably priced. The service is good and the people are friendly. And be sure to take a peek at the women’s restroom.

Editor’s note: On the Town, written by Cedar Point Realty in Walker Agent Mike Nelson, will periodically feature a dining establishment in the Leech Lake area.

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