German food is becoming a tradition at Sodes Green Acre Café and Country Market in Guttenberg, where residents embrace their German heritage. Every Saturday, Sodes serves a German meal – rotating between favorites like Sauerbraten, a ginger-marinated roast; Weiner schnitzel, a pork tenderloin dressed with crackers and fried in butter; kielbasa sausage with sauerkraut and German meatballs.
Fall campers in one of Guttenberg's many campgrounds will enjoy take-and-bake meals are available all day, with rotating options and four different serving sizes in addition to the single serving with two sides. The made-from-scratch meals are a convenient alternative for working parents who don’t have time to cook or single people who prefer not to make a whole meal. It’s also a good potluck alternative, owner Beth Sadewasser pointed out. “It’s homemade, so hopefully it’s a little healthier than premade, processed food,” she said. “You take it home and bake it so it’s fresh and hot when you’re ready to eat.”
Sodes is more than a café – it’s also a hub for party planning, and a gift shop with Iowa souvenirs, novelties and locally made artwork and gift items. The market contains a fully stocked liquor store with a wide selection of wines and unique, high-end spirits in addition to classic favorites. The liquor store offers a build-your-own six pack option, allowing customers to purchase a single bottle of beer if desired which can be carried out or consumed in the café.
“We’ve really expanded our gift area to give folks an option for gift shopping in town, and we’ve become the one-stop-shop if you’re throwing a party. We can help plan events, we have the alcohol and can get tableware, décor, gifts, and provide bulk candy. We don’t cater, but we can provide party food,” said Sadewasser. “We’re working now on perfecting the ice cream cake for parties.” The market also sells retro and novelty candies and seasonal décor.
Sodes Green Acre Café and Country Market is located in the historic limestone building at 7 Goethe Street in Guttenberg and can be reached by calling 563-252-3301. Market hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Café hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. 2 p.m. Cold sandwich, warm soup and salad meals are always available, along with take-and-bake meals, when the market is open. A full breakfast menu is available during all café hours.
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