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The Gunder Burger

January 17, 2009

The Gunder Burger, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…We made it safely from Minneapolis to Sumner, IA where we were greated by Duke, the Great Dane who shares the house with Liam’s brother Patrick and his wife Cindy.

As a special treat all four of us went to Gunder, IA, to the Irish Shanti….Home of the Gunder Burger! We got a warm Irish-Norwegian-American welcome from Julia Walsh…her parents own the place. She was so charming and the Irish Shanti is the perfect small town roadhouse. It was comfy and friendly…the portions are enormogigantic and better yet, it tasted really good. Go for the Gunder Burger or the Rueben for a real treat.

The Gunder Burger starts our with 22 OUNCES of beef…ground at the IGA store down the street. They add their secret seasonings and put it on a bun that is made in the next town over. You pick your fixin’s and it’s deliver it to your table…and it hardly fits on the plate. I ate the whole thing…and still made room for one of Aunt Inga’s slices of pie.

It was all really wonderful…the ideal mom and pop place…

Thank you to everyone at the Irish Shanti for a very fun evening. And a special wish to Julia’s mom and dad – Slainte!

Otherwise, the temperature shot up to above 5 F, so we’re figuring that heatwave is coming 🙂 We’ve noticed that in rural Iowa we have decent phone coverage, but often don’t have data coverage…not even the slower AT&T EDGE network.

Now I’m trying desperately to get the next video posted…YouTube HD is just having trouble. Grrrr.

Today, we’re off to Des Moines to make some Irish oatmeal soap! You have no idea how excited we are about that.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Sweeney permalink
    January 18, 2009 2:29 AM

    Glad to see you are eating well. I’d better not show this picture to Mick. He might be tempted to lick the monitor. Too bad you left the Twin Cities yesterday just before the heat wave arrived. It was all of 21 degrees today! A lot better than the 21 below you suffered when you were here. People are getting their tires filled with nitrogen here because their low pressure warning lights are going on. Keep the turf burnin’ in the Irish Fireside. And mind Fiona’s gas gauge before you head back out on the open road. Looking forward to seeing more videos when you reach cyber civilization again. — The Sweeneys

  2. January 19, 2009 7:41 AM

    Hey lads,

    Sorry I missed your visit. I was attending to my heart at a Waterloo Hospital. Hospitality is the mission of The Irish Shanti. Food, drink and hospice for the wanting traveler. Perhaps your travels will bring Gunder again. Until then, may the road rise to meet you.

    All Roads Lead to For Gunder,

    • January 19, 2009 12:06 PM

      We’re sorry we missed you too, but your heart should trump a visit from the Irish Fireside. I know Liam’s brother in Sumner will be back…it was his first visit to The Irish Shanti…if we’re in town, we’ll back too.

      Julia was great…it might be a bit before we get our interview with her posted, but it’ll be posted eventually.

  3. January 19, 2009 8:40 PM

    Hey! Great to meet you folks, and congratulations on eating the whole Gunder Burger and getting to eat Aunt Inga’s pie too! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you got plenty full.
    Thanks for the kind comments- I don’t think that anyone has ever called me charming before. Ha!
    You’ll be in my prayers as you travel, and perhaps if you end up in Chicago I’ll get to see you again. Following your journey and listening to your podcast is great entertainment.

    Have an awesome time.

    Peace and all Good,
    Sister Julia

  4. July 21, 2009 5:02 AM

    I reside in Georgia but I was born and raised in Clayton County near the Mississippi.

    During my recent visit to see my Siblings the youngest one treated us to a visit to “The Irish Shanti.”

    I certainly enjoyed my Gunderburger and a side of Potato Salad.

    You can see my Blog entry on this event at the site listed above.

  5. July 21, 2009 7:40 AM

    Happy to hear you had an enjoyable visit to Gunder. The servings are hearty indeed!

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