New dining option

Nickkie Hoekstra, owner of Prairie Hills Cafe in Hull, not only feeds lunch to customers but provides them with the opportunity to purchase some baked goods. 

HULL—Another dining option became available in Hull in November — Prairie Hills Cafe.

Located in the same building as B Fierce Boutique on Highway 18 the eatery is the second Prairie Hills Cafe location for owner Nickkie Hoekstra. The 36-year-old owns another in Creative Nature in Rock Valley.

Hoekstra jumped on the opportunity to help with construction when B Fierce Boutique expanded the square footage of the building. Work began last summer and the cafe opened the same week of Thanksgiving.

“It’s been going good,” Hoekstra said. “We are getting regular customers and business orders. We are finding our groove.”

Diners at the Prairie Hills Cafe can enjoy a variety of panini.

Hoekstra has had to describe what a panini is a few times. She described it as “an adult grilled cheese” — salads, wraps and flatbread pizzas.

“It’s funny when they try to say the word,” Hoekstra said.

She said Prairie Hills Cafe prides itself on making a good basic sandwich and providing a light lunch.

That means no fried foods can be found at the eatery.

Hoekstra said the food is similar to what people can make at home. The salads are made with romaine lettuce. The wraps are simple yet delicious. Crazy spices and seasonings are not found in the cafe.

There might be one exception.

The blackberry turkey panini is a popular menu item and draws the attention of almost every customer. What makes the turkey and Swiss panini so special is the addition of the blackberry jalapeño jam in the sandwich.

“The jalapeño flavor in the jam is very subtle,” Hoekstra said. “There is no burn.”

Another popular item is the chicken bacon ranch wrap that includes Monterey Jack cheese and romaine lettuce.

Hoekstra also offers a unique special every month. During March the special is the buffalo chicken wrap or flatbread. She posts the specials to the restaurant’s Facebook page so customers can stay up-to-date.

In addition to the entrees customers also may get coffee, lattes, smoothies, milkshakes, desserts and pastries to take home. Gracing one of the walls in the cafe is a shelf full of baked goods. The proceeds are placed in Hoekstra’s adoption fund.

Hoekstra is considering some options when she thinks about the future of the Hull Prairie Hills Cafe. One possibility is an outdoor dining area for customers.

“Other than that we will just keep feeding people and looking forward to warmer weather,” she said.