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“Feed them and they will continue to shop” is, I imagine, the idea behind the Ikea restaurant.

Last Sunday, when my mom suggested we get a bite to eat, I parked the shopping cart and ordered the meatball plate. It came with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Mom ordered a plate of lox, and those two dishes, along with a bowl of fruit, two waters, and an apple juice cost $15.47.

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All this for $15.47.

The meatballs were all right to look at (and even smell), but a closer examination raised suspicions about quality. The flavor was decent, but the texture was too uniform for my liking.

(Yes, I do eat hot dogs, and yes, they are as uniform as you can get. But that’s to be expected with a hot dog.)

With bits of cranberry sauce to distract my tongue, I did eat most of the balls and all of the potatoes. Mom cleaned her plate, and together we finished off the fruit, which was juicy and sweet.

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jenjen Feb. 29, 2012 @ 11:27 a.m.

Swedish meatballs are typically a softer texture than your typical all-beef meatballs. Also, that is lingonberry jam they serve it with, not cranberry. They sell bags of precooked frozen meatballs at the front - I pick up a package almost every time I go there. Good value.

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Elizabeth Salaam Feb. 29, 2012 @ 2:02 p.m.

So that's lingonberry jam, eh? Thanks, Jenjen.

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Scott Marks April 22, 2012 @ 11:21 a.m.

Ate there last night because Costco was closed. A friend ordered the meatballs. They're like the rubbery ones Costco sells frozen. Feh!

I had the chicken Caesar salad, a bowl of soup, a Parker House roll, and a drink for $11.47?! Stick with Soup Plantation.

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