Small Biz Friday: Grounded

There’s a little place in Clarion, Iowa called Grounded.  You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there.

Mel and I went for brunch one Sunday.  There was an area buffet – potatoes, gravy, hot beef and more. Of course you wanted a muffin or scone or bread pudding – and they had it.  Coffee! I had an Americano.  And finally, an omelet made to order.  It was a lot of food for a little money ($12).

Appetizers like fog horn leg horn (corn chips with chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers and sour cream); salads like the Hail Caesar (yes, caesar salad); an entree like oink and moo (grilled bacon wrapped meatloaf served with real garlic mashed potatoes and fresh grilled vegetables; specialty burgers and pizzas, kids food – and nothing over $14.  All cooked out in the open where you can see your food being prepared, if you so desire.

All of this was on the main floor.  However, there were stairs headed down – and I explored.  A place called Ungrounded existed underneath the restaurant.  A home to local musicians who perform on the weekend.  A place to have a glass of wine, an imported beer, maybe a gluten free cocktail.  Have a small private party if you wish, or just invite your friends over for a nosh.

Cory is the manager.  He used to work at the bank, but he took a cut in pay and doubled his hours – and has never been happier.   His wife works there too.  Every employee we saw was friendly, helpful and just damn happy.  Visit the website (they are in Wright County) or stop in at 118 N Main in downtown Clarion.

(the menu is written on an old door … look close, its cool)

Welcome to Small Biz Friday – where we feature a small, local business doing things in a smalltown kind of way.  Don’t be thrown by the word smalltown – it simply means they’ve learned how to develop relationships with their customers, take good care of them and treat them like family — it’s what we do in small towns. 


  1. Glenda Cates on September 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Both places sound wonderful and the type of place I would enjoy visiting. I just wish they where closer. Or we had places like this where I live. I will be back to see more of the businesses you feature.

  2. Deb on September 23, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Glenda – thanks for coming by — where do you live? I encourage you to suggest to your local chamber of commerce to find people who want to open places like this!

  3. cory abels on December 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

    thank you deb! it was great having you at grounded the other day. team grounded appreciates the kind words and pictures you posted. hope to see you again soon.

  4. jason kauffman on December 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    The food and staff are wonderful! Love the Sunrise breakfast sandwich with Pepper Jack, the sweetie treaties, breakfast burrito and that Oink and Moo dinner rocks! It’s all good and I’m glad they’re in Clarion!

  5. deb on December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    oh I’m so hungry now! Might need to make a trip to Grounded soon. Jason and Cory — thanks for visiting the site and commenting and see you soon!

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