Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Cowboy Dinner Tree

Care to go on an adventure? Some friends of mine were curious about a place I'm always waxing poetic about: The Cowboy Dinner Tree in Silver Lake, Oregon. Getting there reminds me of a quote from the play Quilters, "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here."

We were having a family get-together in Sunriver, so the drive wasn't too far.

If you enlarge this photo you may see what I was trying to capture - the whole side of the road was purple with wild lupine, it was so beautiful! And it was uncharacteristically cloudy that day.

The hills are aliiiiiiive with juniper and sagebrush. :)

Rolling, rolling, rolling.... behind all my other family member's vehicles which almost all happen to be red.

Ah! Made it!
The place looks like a shack but don't let the humble exterior fool you!
Reservations have to be made sometimes months in advance.

There's a story about a chuck wagon waiting here at the halfway point for cowboys driving stock and thus explains the name. By the way it smells delightful as you go inside because the grill is outside over to the right.

Before we go inside I want to make a disclaimer that some of my photos aren't the greatest and I had to use flash because, as they say on their website, "No credit cards, no electricity, no kidding."

You can have water or coffee but most of us prefer pink lemonade or....

Iced tea.

You can see the remains of someone's salad there, which is served with their homemade honey mustard and ranch dressings. Bean soup is the next course but I don't eat beans (and yes I catch a lot of flak for that) so I didn't take the time to photograph it. :)

The fluffiest, yummiest dinner roll/biscuits.

And when your entree arrives you will be getting one of two choices which you were asked to specify when you made your reservation. Did you order chicken? Well you get the whole chicken. And a baked potato just in case that plus all the previous courses didn't satisfy you.

Or did you order steak? Which is about 2 and 1/2 inches thick and as big as my face.

And if you're STILL hungry there's always dessert which usually reflects the season. This time it was shortbread and berries with real cream. REAL CREAM. Oh my goodness I think my mouth is actually watering at the memory.

Word to the wise - bring a cooler to take your leftovers home!

And since we had those uncharacteristic clouds that day we also got an interesting sunset.

The Cowboy Dinner Tree website, for more information, can be found here.

Happy eating!


Faerie Moon Creations said...

Yum! Looked very tasty. Great atmosphere, too. Theresa

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! I have a page in my organizer for places I would like to visit ...and I just added this one to the list! My hubby even sat down and looked at your post..and clicked on the link! We would love to travel to that area...and eat some Cowboy fare! Great post! ♥

Olivia said...

wow its so cool that the drinks were served in jamjars! haha ive never seen that before!
im from england and the lines in the road here are white, so when i see yellow lines in the road (like your first photo) im always like aw wow exotic! :)


Uncovered Ruby said...

We've got to go check this place out! My kids' eyeballs would pop out if they got a whole chicken to themselves...I love finding out about places like this, thank you for sharing!
We used to take our horses to Silver Falls, beautiful area (we spotted some Amish folk too!)
Take care...Lisa :-)

Thea said...

Oh man, that food looks gooood.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Wow, that looks like a very cool place! Thanks for taking me along, I felt like I could taste the yummy grilled chicken.
(I don't eat beans either - bleck!)