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Several years ago, I made the decision, when eating out, to try to support local businesses and avoid chain restaurants. Whenever we travel, I spend a great deal of time searching out the best local eateries. This goes for trips to Europe to local jaunts to Bear Lake.

When we go to the cabin or Bear Lake, I have to plan, shop and pack for a week’s worth of meals. Once all of the packing is done and we are ready to head out, the last thing I want to do upon arrival is fix a meal, so we often stop for lunch along the way.

On our most recent trip, we decided to stop for lunch in Coalville. We were thrilled to discover Denise’s Home Plate.

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Located in an old house on Main Street, Denise’s has that homey feel of going to dinner at grandma’s house.

Eating Locally: Denise's Home Plate Coalville www.opinionsalamode.com

When you walk inside, you can smell homemade rolls baking. And when you step up to the counter you are greeted with incredible fresh baked goods like these amazing cinnamon rolls,

Eating Locally: Denise's Home Plate Coalville www.opinionsalamode.com

and these classic sugar cookies.

Eating Locally: Denise's Home Plate Coalville www.opinionsalamode.com

We bought a bag of fresh out of the oven peanut butter cookies to take with us to Bear Lake. They were gone before we made it to Evanston.

Denise’s menu has the classic burgers, corn dogs, chicken strips and fries options. But it also includes unique offerings such as teriyaki chicken stacks, shrimp baskets, fresh deli sandwiches, salads, and homemade mac and cheese.

I decided to try the veggie sandwich on a homemade roll with a side of Denise’s “special of the day” potato salad.

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The roll was so buttery and light and the potato salad was just like my mom used to make.

Rex ordered a burger that was so juicy and tender, he went through a dozen napkins and the regular fries might be the best fries I have ever tasted. Cole tried the cottage fries with malt vinegar and they were amazing. Isaac opted for a turkey sandwich that was so fresh on homemade bakery bread. But Eli ordered the best item of the day, the grilled cheese!

This was no ordinary grilled cheese. Three kinds of cheese, sliced tomatoes, several strips of bacon and the perfect amount of mayo were melted between two thick slices of fresh baked white bread. Oh. My. Goodness. It was the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted. Poor Eli only got about half of his sandwich because the rest of us all had to have several bites.

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Honestly, I crave this sandwich at least once a week. It’s a good thing that Denise’s isn’t closer or I’d be eating there all the time.

We were so glad to have stopped to check out this local gem, and were even happier to discover that we owned the local grocery store.

Eating Locally: Denise's Home Plate Coalville www.opinionsalamode.com

Somehow they put the apostrophe in the wrong place.

Anyway, if you find yourself near Coalville, you have to stop at Denise’s Home Plate. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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