Whenever I travel, whether in Minnesota or elsewhere, I always look for travel guides, brochures and local papers. Anything that can give me a taste of life there. Because I was on my way to the Pipestone National Monument, I browsed the paper and came across an ad toting things like “bistro”, “cookies”, “donuts”, “sticky buns”… Suffice it to say, Kelly’s made the list. Kelly’s Koffee and Grill is right in the heart of Pipestone, by the crossing of Highways 23 and 75, minutes from the monument. It’s open seven days a week, has wifi, with each room decorated like a house, offers drive thru, all kinds of food and is hands-down the best representation of city life in a small town. The very best part? The service. One of the funniest conversations ever had on the bucket list took place with Mary, the pretty #barista who makes a killer blended latte.