Inside the Kitchen with Jenny Buechel at Farwell’s MAD Cafe

The MAD Cafe first opened its doors in 2013 just blocks away from their first family gem called K’s. Since then, the MAD team has built a reputation of handmade burgers, French fries, hand-dipped onion rings, mushrooms and deep-fried pickles.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a quality meal with your family — look no farther than Farwell. That’s where you’ll find the family-owned MAD Cafe

It’s complete with hometown decorations and an almost unlimited burger menu. Jenny Buechel takes you there in this week’s edition of Inside the Kitchen.

When Karen Hubble opened her second eatery in Farwell Michigan, her daughter had one response —

“Oh my gosh, we’re going to be so busy. We’re going to have lots to do all the time,” said daughter Melinda Dunkle. 

MAD Cafe first opened its doors in 2013 just blocks away from their first family gem called K’s. That K is short for Karen, the owner. And as you may have guessed, MAD Cafe was similarly named.

Karen explains, “the MAD Cafe actually has a meaning, it’s my daughter’s initials, Melinda Ann Dunkle.”

And Melinda spends a lot of time in the restaurant. The off-chance she isn’t, her athletic medals take her place. From awards to team pictures, the MAD Cafe has a piece of just about every sports team in Farwell’s Jack Pine Conference.

“We wanted it to be a spot where people could come and look and see and say ‘Oh my gosh! That’s my child!’ or ‘That’s my niece or nephew!'”

And the bragging doesn’t stop at the sports teams. Their burger selection is undefeated in options for customizing.

“We have such a variety of different burgers that the burgers are all specialty burgers. You can build your own or you can add whatever you want to them. We absolutely sell a lot of burgers here.”

Their handmade burger patties are made fresh every day and topped with a homemade bun, perfectly complimented by their homemade french fries, hand-dipped onion rings, mushrooms and deep-fried pickles.

Another local favorite?

“Paninis. Any kind of panini. We have many different kinds of meats that you can put on your panini along with different cheeses,” said Karen. 

One of the most popular of its class is the turkey, bacon and swiss.

And the MAD Cafe boasts daily specials Monday through Friday — with breakfast prices as low as $3.99.

If you’re craving steak or ribs – they’re regulars on the menu. Then again, you might just stick with the Ultimate Omelet.

“It’s got ham, bacon, sausage, onion, potatoes inside of it, and topped with sausage gravy,” Melinda said. 

In the long winter stretch, the family at MAD Cafe wants you to come settle in for a hot hearty meal and catch up on Farwell sports history.

“I just want them to like the place, like us, and feel like it was some place that I’ll definitely go back again.”

The MAD Cafe is located in downtown Farwell on Main Street. Their hours are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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