By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN With a new Chinese menu, there’s even more to love about Edie Mae’s than its home-style breakfasts and American entrees.
The restaurant on Highway 12 in Delano added Chinese cuisine to lunches about two months ago, and expanded to evenings at the end of 2012.
“We’re very diversified. If mom wants Chinese, and dad wants an omelet, they can come here and everybody’s taken care of,” said Edie Bren, who sold the restaurant to Li Wang.
Although Wang is the new owner, Bren and the rest of Edie Mae’s staff are staying on board. A few new employees have also been hired, and the restaurant is adding the name Lin Garden.
“When we answer the phone, we say Edie Mae’s Lin Garden,” Bren said. “Edie Mae’s is the breakfast part, and Lin Garden is the Chinese.”
Edie Mae’s serves breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers can also order Chinese food. The restaurant then reopens at 4:30 p.m. for its dinner menu (both American and Chinese) until closing at 9 p.m.
“I think it’s a win-win for Delano,” Bren said. “We’re all still here, and we still deliver to Delano, Rockford, Maple Plain, and Montrose.”
“We still specialize in stuffed hash browns, too,” Wang added.
After 30 years in the restaurant business, Bren said she’s excited to continue working at Edie Mae’s without the responsibility of ownership.
“I’m still here five days a week, but I don’t have to worry about anything,” she said, adding that she’s confident Wang will be an asset to Delano.
“She seems very community-oriented,” Bren said.
Wang has been involved in restaurants since 1999, and she opened a Chinese buffet in Rockford in 2006. For many years, Wang had been looking for a spot to serve Chinese in Delano.
“This is a very good location. It’s a central area,” Wang said, adding that the Chinese menu is already popular. “People say it’s very good we’ve had customers call back to tell us.”
Egg rolls, chicken wings, steamed dumplings, and cheese wontons are a few of the tasty appetizer selections. Main dishes range from chicken lo mein, to pork fried rice, to hot and spicy shrimp.
“We sell tons and tons of sesame chicken,” Wang said. “We buy the meat fresh, not frozen, and cut up the whole chicken ourselves. It’s all homemade, even the sauces, so it tastes different.”
Those who are in the mood for a traditional Edie Mae’s meal are also in luck, with items like cheeseburgers, chicken strips, and steak still on the menu, as well.
“Every day we run specials,” Wang added.
Edie Mae’s Lin Garden is located at 600 Babcock Blvd., and can be reached at (763) 972-1259.