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Hubbell House earns 'Best Of' status

Most area residents would agree that the Hubbell Housein Mantorville is a local landmark. But now, it’s being recognized nationally for its history and significance. "The Official Best Of" organization has recently named the Hubbell House as the 2011 Best Landmark Restaurant in Minnesota.

Each year, Official Best Of chooses the best places to visit in several different states, featuring the destinations on TV and the Web. It’s the first time Hubbell House has been selected.

"It’s a wonderful honor to be recognized as the landmark I think we are," says Don Pappas, owner of the Hubbell House. The restaurant has been in the Pappas family for 65 years, but the house itself has been in use for close to 160 years, as a stagecoach stop, a boarding house and more.

"For as long as it’s been around, I think we really are a landmark institution," Pappas says. "Some places try to be a replica, but we really are a stagecoach stop from the 1850s. We’re just being what we are."

Throughout its history, the Hubbell House has also been known for its food. "There are articles from the 1800s that say the Hubbell House is known for its flapjacks," Pappas says. "Even back then, the Hubbell House was famous for its food, which is a tradition that still goes on today. We have a following that reaches all over the world, but locals like us, too."

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Pappas recognizes that this history of his restaurant is significant beyond his influence. "The tradition keeps carrying on, and it’s bigger than me or my family," he says. "I’m quite happy the Official Best Of gave us this distinction. I think it’s very fitting."

To see the feature video produced by Official Best Of, tune in to WCCO-CBS (channel 4 locally) at noon on Sunday. The segment will also air on the Discovery Channel at 3:30 a.m. local time that day. Then, stop out to the Hubbell House, knowing you’re part of history at a landmark restaurant, and enjoy some of their signature steaks and onion rings.

Reminder: Palette to Palate fundraiser tonight

Tonight, the Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E., hosts its popular annual fundraising event called Palette to Palate: Reds, Whites and Brews. Tessa Leung, owner of Sontesand expert sommelier, will feature more than 30 wines from around the world, as well as a selection of gourmet microbrew beers for tasting. Small works by local and regional artists will be on display for view and purchase, and there will be a raffle for 54 bottles of wine on the Wall of Wine, which are all donated by local enthusiasts.

All proceeds support Rochester Art Center.

Tickets are $35 for art center members, $40 for non-members. The event is limited to age 21 and older, and is happening today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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