After my interview with Kathleen Franck, we all went out for lunch at the Wild Carrot, in Waverly, Iowa, at Kathleen's recommendation. We sat in a very nice dining room in the back, and the waitress brought us our menus. My mother remarked that the decor/aura was reminiscent of the Peppercorn Pantry in Aplington, and I would have to agree.
I ordered a Hot Beef Sandwich, as did my sister. My mother and Kathleen went for crab sandwiches, and Mr. Franck ordered a teriyaki chicken sandwich. The crab and chicken sandwiches came with a side of potato salad and bag of chips in a basket neatly lined with paper designed to look like newsprint. Each meal was $8.95. Water was served in pint canning jars, and since it was the owner's birthday, we each received a complimentary slice of carrot cake.
I thought the Hot Beef Sandwich was fabulous! I do not eat much meat because most isn't as tender as I'd prefer, but this beef was perfectly tender. The bread was very tasty, and the gravy and potatoes added the finishing touches.
My mother commented that the crab sandwich was good, but a little spicy. It was a very special treat that complimentary carrot cake was served, and I would like to thank the owner and staff. That said, I would not order it myself. I was quite filled after the sandwich, and the frosting was a little too sweet for me.
The front room had an area for dining, as well as a gift shop complete with truffles and candies. I'm glad we stopped at the Wild Carrot, and I'd go back anyday for a hot beef sandwich like the delicious one I was served. The Wild Carrot has a very pleasant environment and friendly service.