1. Round trip from Los Angeles, CA. to Spearfish, S.D.
2. Eat as well as possible, savoring local treats
3. travel as many back roads as possible.
Time allotted: 1 1/2 weeks
Staff: One carnivore, one vegetable lover, one entirely indiscriminate dog, one reluctant cat.
Result: The pie tour
many meals eaten, many already forgotten. Dog provided excellent back-up for ordinary chow, Cat for higher protein scraps.
pouring rain, 4pm: Too late for lunch, Too early for dinner.
Restaurant characterized by: frilly lavender curtains.
Populated with healthy teen waitresses and friends.
Foods consumed: Coffee, cherry crumb pie, chocolate peanut butter pie.
No leftovers for dog. Cat eats kibble.
Brigham City, UT
Idle Isle Cafe
Restaurant characterized by: computerized player piano, dark wood booths.
Populated with Sweet Young Waitresses, Goth/biker Cashier (at 17 years of age). Kids getting Ice Cream, Older folks getting a quiet lunch.
Foods consumed: Meatloaf special (classic) small salad, coffee, iced tea, Idleberry pie (filling: outstanding)
No leftovers for dog. Kibble for Cat.
Restaurant characterized by: Teas, Coffees (roasted in house!), Herbal and organic remedies.
Populated with: Students & young folks
Foods consumed: good coffee and homemade bagels
Still nothing for dog. Cat chow again.
Star valley Cheese factory
Restaurant characterized by: really young, blonde waitress(es) (New on job?), Trinket shop, Formica everywhere.
Populated with: Locals and A busload of tourists from Memphis.
Foods consumed: Mozzarella burger; outstanding. Very good fries. pie (ordinary).
Dog didn't have a chance. Cat Ha!
The Really Wild Bunch cafe
Restaurant characterized by: Live Country/western music on the porch, Generous helpings
Populated by: both tourists and locals.
Foods consumed: Trout, T-bone steak. French fried sweet potatoes(!) rhubarb- raspberry pie
leftovers for dog. Nothing for cat.
The Wagon Box restaurant and cabins
Restaurant characterized by: raw wood finishes (if it werent Wyoming, wed call it rustic). Cabins available from waitresses (Who needs hotel clerks?) Sweet sounding string band just happened by.
Populated by: Folks from the area, local tourists, families out celebrating.
Foods consumed: prime rib and delicious sirloin.
tiny fat scraps for dog, cat chow for cat.
Restaurant characterized by: few tables inside, a few outside (its mostly a store) Serve yourself coffee, Great local color
Foods Consumed: breakfast sandwich (really good), raspberry pancakes (yum).
nothing for dogs or cats.
Rapid City, SD
Arts Southern smokehouse and BBQ
Characterized by: Just moved, & the storefront has not (yet) aged properly. Wonderful old Main St. Not (Yet) crowded. Good blues in the background, Golden evening light
Populated by: Bikers gathering for the Sturgis Rally, Local urbanites looking for flavors not usually found in the Midwest. Sauces tending towards the sweet.
Foods consumed: BBQ Buffet included Ribs with sweet sauce, pulled pork! Pulled chicken!! (Good chickeny flavor, interesting addition of corn), Smokey beans.
Dog got well cleaned beef rib bones, cat got kibble
Cheyenne Crossing Cafe, SD, (s. of Spearfish)
Characterized by Pretty drive through the black hills.
Foods consumed: Great Biscuits and gravy. (Regret not trying sour dough pancakes).
Dog got scraps of eggs and hashed browns, cat got kibble.
Wooden Knife tacos
Characterized by: View of the badlands out the windows. Order at the window, & theyll bring the food.
Populated by: vanload of kids just off badlands hike. Staff with sense of humor when overwhelmed
Foods consumed: Delicious fry bread, good Indian tacos with generous pile of taco meat.(buffalo?)
Dog got taco meat sample saved by vegetable lover. The cat gets a taste to ward off jealousy
Cuny table Cafe
South of Scenic, S.D., On dirt road between Buffalo Gap and Rockyford
Characterized by: great mystery
Populated by: two alleged grannies making wonderful Indian tacos and hot sauce
Foods consumed: none, lacked above directions. Let us know if you find it!
Dog and cat quibbled over kibble, even people ate pretzels
High Plains Homestead
N. of Crawford, NB, on the way to Hudson Meng Buffalo Bonebed.
Characterized by: Pioneer village artifacts, High plains vistas, charming cabins.
Populated by: Gracious hosts, Hikers and riders enjoying the plains. Horses in the corral and cattle in the pasture adjacent.
Foods consumed: Dinner was Light n tasty Indian Tacos Simple but hearty breakfasts.
Then there are the pies. Don't miss the great pies; we fought over the sour cream raisin! Not a crumb for dogs, kibble for cat.
Notes: Open for breakfast & lunch, closed Mondays, Dinners are prepared for guests, so call ahead- 308-665-2592. We hear the weekend Steak feed is spectacular, will investigate further.
Lyman, WY, exit 41 off I 80, at the Gas & Go
Characterized by: restaurant incognito. Truck repair depot at freeway interchange.
Doesn't look like much, but we tried steak & pork chop dinners. Well rewarded by good pan-fried meat, delicious fresh sweet corn on the cob, really good soup. Dog got meat scraps only because we were saving room for pie. This was good because the pie was outstanding! We tried cherry and chocolate banana cream. Folks were great and proud of their food. Corn fresh from Utah.
Now we see why it is famous. Great chicken fried steak, "scones" (kinda like fry bread). a tiny bit of egg and potato for the dog only because we devoured the scones. Took a piece of Pecan pie "for the road". Deeply regretted not having collected other flavors, as pie was fabulous, not too sweet, good crust.