The Mixing Bowl offers elevated, home cooked meals

Breakfast and lunch are both served to hungry customers with an upscale flair at a popular Gering eatery.

Jamie Meisner is the owner of the business, and she's always enjoyed cooking. "I always helped my grandma make noodles, cooking at her house, so it just kind of stemmed from that," Meisner said. She went to culinary school in Denver, got some catering experience there, and then decided to come back home and carve out her own path. She has some advice for people who might want to start a business in their hometown. "I think just being persistent and knowing that you can do it. Having the confidence in knowing I could do it was a big part of it," Meisner said.

Meisner says she includes a number of dishes from her German-Russian heritage on the menu. Keeping the German-Russian influence in her cooking is important to Meisner. "There's not a lot of people that learned all of this stuff from their grandma, so it's great when we have customers who say this is just how my grandma used to make it!" The most popular item on the menu is probably the Pineapple Express Burger, which is cream cheese, pineapple, bacon and a habanero jam that the business gets from the local farmers market.

Breakfast items include biscuits and gravy, along with a variety of pastries. There's also plenty of coffee. "There are the usual suspects like lattes, and caramel macchiatos, but we always come up with our own spin on things as well," Meisner said. The Mixing Bowl is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The business has a brunch menu that is separate on the weekends. The hours on the weekends are Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Mixing Bowl just so happens to be a Nebraska Tourism Passport stop this year.