May 14, 2007
Edie Mae's Eatery returns to Delano
By Cullen Schultz
Going out to eat has always been a fun thing to do, whether it is by yourself, with that special someone, or with your family, but finding a place that serves a good quality meal, at an affordable price, can be hard to do.
Well, it just got a little easier; Edie Mae’s Eatery returned to Delano, and opened for business the third week in April, moving into the old Juke Box location on Highway 12.
“The community has been extremely supportive,” owner/cook Edie Bren said.
Edie Mae’s offers a large menu, with daily lunch specials. They offer home-cooked, moderately priced food, catering toward people who want to eat out more than once a week.
“We have good, honest, home- cooked food,” Bren said.
Edie Mae’s focuses on the customer first, picking the best quality products to make their meals.
That is why Bren, who also cooks 90 percent of the time, chose to own her own restaurant, to serve the best food at the best price.
“I know I have the final word on the quality,” Bren said.
To ensure quality, along with keeping things local, Bren purchases hamburger from Rieder’s Meat Market, and makes her own hamburger patties.
Edie Mae’s is known for a few different meals, such as beef and turkey commercials, and desserts, but they are renowned for their stuffed hash browns.
“They are really popular, and are probably the number one thing we are known for,” Bren said.
To go along with the large menu, Edie Mae’s also offers a quick lunch special for people who only have a little time to eat for their lunch breaks.
“I want to be able to take care of people who are working,” Bren said.
The quick lunch consists of salad bar and a lunch special, which changes every day depending on what Bren feels like cooking.
“I never know until I hit the door,” Bren said.
It is designed for patrons to get their food from the salad bar, and by the time they are done eating, the main course will be already at the table.
“Order the salad bar, and the main course will be there by the time they’re done, if not before,” Bren said.
To go along with the specials, Edie Mae’s also offers take-out for no additional charge. They deliver to the Delano area, as well as Maple Plain and Rockford.
Bren has been cooking all of her life, and learned how to cook from her grandmother when she was a child.
“I never went to school for it,” she said. “I just cook from the heart.”
She has been in the business for 28 years, and owned her first eatery when she leased the Crow River Inn for six years, before buying The Road Runner.
“I moved across the street, and bought the old Road Runner, and remodeled it,” Bren said.
She remodeled the building and turned it into Taylor’s Family Restaurant, and eventually renamed the restaurant to what people know now as Edie Mae’s. Bren owned and operated it for four years before getting out of the business.
Bren stayed out of the business for a brief while, until Waverly came calling with a leasing opportunity. The lease was too good to pass up and she took over the Waverly Café.
While in Waverly, she built up the café and popularity grew, but she noticed one thing she was getting a lot of the customers she used to have from Delano.
“The whole while I was in Waverly, my old customers would come to Waverly,” Bren said.
As time went on, more and more people showed interest in Bren coming back to Delano, and then, she got the call to see if she’d be interested in leasing the old Juke Box location.
Bren talked to her sister, who was interested in buying the Waverly Café, and after two-and-one-half years in Waverly, she made the decision to come back to Delano.
“My sister catered with me, and was interested in that, so I pursued it,” Bren said.
Edie Mae’s is back in Delano, and Bren is excited to be back serving the community that she has lived in the past 29 years.
“I am so overwhelmed by the support,” Bren said. “It is something I will not take for granted.”
Edie Mae’s is open Mondays through Fridays from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call (763) 972-1259.