A visit to the Cardinal Inn
September 20, 2010
Whenever we travel from Anselmo to Sidney, Neb., we always like to stop at the Cardinal Inn in Arnold. This place is operated by Mary who always has a delicious meal prepared. As senior citizens, my wife and I eat a large meal there for $5.50 each. Then there is always a delicious dessert at meals end.
It is a serve yourself all you can eat operation. The food is prepared the way our mothers prepared food, in a delicious manner. There is a sign above the warming station that tells us to eat all you want, eat what you take. If you don’t clean your plate, you don’t need dessert.
When we, stopped once with my 15-year-old granddaughter, she took an enormous plate of mashed potatoes and gravy. When she had finished that, she took the same amount again and ate that too. For this effort, she received chocolate cake with chocolate frosting topped with ice cream. A younger granddaughter had difficulty with the offerings so Mary cooked her some chicken strips and steak fries.
The Cardinal Inn caters to farmers, ranchers, construction folks, and anyone who has a large appetite and limited funds. When we stopped by the other day there were several individuals packing meals to be delivered by Meals On Wheels volunteers.
If you are a senior citizen and prefer to eat in the special room for seniors, the suggested price is $4.00 dollars, but if you are unable to pay the $4.00 you are still welcome to eat.
As people pay, Mary just lays the money on her counter and makes change from that. Mary probably does not own a computer or any other of the popular electronic devices which are now so popular.
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My friend Frosty Ferguson is often there. Visiting with him as we eat is always a special treat.
There are very few of these outstanding individuals such as Mary, and establishments like hers to be found. The world will be a sadder place when places like this are gone. If you are old and hungry and have $5.50 stop at the Cardinal Inn in Arnold, Neb. You will be glad that you did.