Tuesday, November 16, 2010
With a population of only a few thousand, Lindsborg, Kansas is not very well known.
Saturday, ABC's Good Morning America Weekend will put the town known as "Little Sweden" on the map.
In search of the coolest hangout, diner or restaurant and its signature dish, Ol Stuga in Lindsborg landed on the list.
Out of hundreds of nominations, Ol Stuga is now competing against three other places for the Best Bites Challenge: College Edition.
With cold drinks on tap, music on the jukebox, and plenty of good food to go around, Lindsborg's Ol Stuga is a destination some thought deserved national attention.
"I got a call from Good Morning America, saying we've been selected as a place that had a unique college hangout kind of food," said Mark Lysell, owner.
To tell Ol Stuga's story, anchor Ron Claiborne and his ABC crew headed to Lindsborg to learn more about the legendary bar.
"Ol Stuga sounded fascinating to me as a college hangout. Also, they have this great sandwich that I'm going to try in a few minutes, called the Brent Nelson," said Claiborne.
It is no ordinary sandwich. According to Lysell, it is a sandwich with a background.
"I've been here 33 years and I have a lot of regular customers. As they would come in, the menu doesn't change, and they would look at it go, "I don't know what to order." I'd say, "Trust me. I'll make you something. Trust me." So they would, and we started calling them the Trust Me, which means I make whatever I want. One day, I made this sandwich for a guy named Brent Nelson, and he came in the next day and wanted one like I made him yesterday, and the next day, and the next day," said Lysell.
Soon, customer after customer began asking for the "Trust Me", the Brent Nelson way.
The sandwich, with its polish sausage, bbq sauce, smokey sharp cheese, hot pepper cheese and onions, all served warm on a submarine bun, is a town favorite. Soon, it may be a national favorite as well.
"It's great. It's very good. It's cheesy, very cheesy. I happen to like cheese, and the polish sausage, and barbecue sauce. I highly recommend it," said Claiborne.
Restaurants in West Virginia, Missouri, and New Orleans are in the final running with Ol Stuga.
Tune in to Good Morning America Saturday to see each finalist. Winners will be announced Sunday.