We were celebrating our wedding anniversary while staying in Albert Lea for two nights, so we asked several local people to recommend a special place. All agreed that for a special occasion they liked the Wedgewood Cove Restaurant. We were not disappointed.
The restaurant is located in a large, richly-furnished country club, and the dining room overlooks a large lake. It is spacious and warm, nicely decorated and clean. There were only a few couples when we were there, on a Wednesday night.
I was impressed by the menu. I like good food, and I'm bored with the usual steak and seafood menus that are so popular. Most entrees are $15-$20, but there was a Wednesday night special of chicken and ribs for $10.95 that I decided to take advantage of. Again, I was not disappointed. The chicken was a crusted chicken breast nicely done and not too dry. The ribs were the best I've ever eaten. The meat fell away from the bones at the slightest touch, was tendy and juicy. The sauce was not too sweet, as so many are. There is a modest wine menu, and a wide variety of beers available. For dessert we had their home made bread pudding. We order it whenever we encounter it, and theirs was very good.
The staff was attentive and friendly, not formal, but not too familiar either.
All told, we had a very pleasant dinner, and very good food. The locals were right; for a special occasion, this is the place.
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