Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ride to eat, eat to ride. Part 1

Part 1
Kathy Stephenson with the Salt Lake Tribune wrote the following article about eating establishments and which ones she felt were the best in each of Utah's 29 counties.

Utah’s favorite road-food eats, county by county

Strom-rider "Satch" posted the article on the Stromtrooper forum and suggested rides and meals at each of the locations. I stole that idea and proposed to Beverly that she and I do the same...... so...... here they are the 'best' road-food eateries in Utah.

Following is my ride (and eating) report of the 29 eateries (1 through 15 in part 1) in alphabetical order;

Beaver county
Beaver, Utah
Timberline Inn
Great food and service! I had the BLT and soup.

Box Elder county
Perry, Utah
Maddox Ranch House
(We avoided the long lines at the Ranch house opting instead to go to the connected drive in)
I took my high school sweetheart here over 40 years ago, it was popular then and still is today. Apparently LDS Presidents have eaten here as have US Senators and numerous other dignitaries.
The bacon burger was good, the fries were very good.

Cache county
Logan, Utah
The article mentions that Angies is known for serving large portions....I didn't notice that my meal was larger here than I have had other places, but it was very tasty!
I had the special of the day; steak and eggs.....very very good!
Our server was excellent!

Carbon county
Helper, Utah
Easily the highlight of this fun project! My mushroom swiss burger was awesome, and staff, Teresa, and Jaymee were a lot of fun. Additionally the route there (Spanish Fork Canyon to Helper) is a good ride, 240 miles round trip from my house.
Win win!

Teresa, Yours truly, Jaymee.

Daggett county
Dutch John, Utah
Red Canyon Lodge

My chicken fried steak was superb, Beverly's salad was a yawner.

We made this one an overnighter staying in one of their cabins, this was our view in the morning.

Davis county
Bountiful, Utah
The Mandarin
Another excellent place to eat. They have a gluten free menu that Beverly ordered from, and I had a walnut shrimp concoction that was heavenly!

Duchesne county
Duchesne, Utah
Cowans Cafe
Cute small town, and very good homestyle cooking!

Steak and eggs.....oh my!

Emery county
Green River, Utah
Ray's Tavern
I've eaten at Ray's several times and never had a bad meal or experience. Always friendly, always tasty.

A mile or two from Ray's Tavern is the Golden ratio sculpture.

Garfield county
Escalante, Utah
This was a stop on this year's annual couples ride, it was a good meal and good times!
(Yours truly, Brent, Kenny, Rooster)

Grand county
Moab, Utah
Moab Brewery
Technically we didn't eat here. Beverly had a cream soda which she claims was the best she's ever had. I enjoyed a very good root-beer; however I did eat here several years ago while attending a Kawasaki Nomad gathering, and it was excellent then. Also there is a lot of interesting memorabilia to see hanging on the walls and ceiling.

Iron county
Cedar City, Utah
Centro Woodfired Pizzeria
I had a mushroom pizza. I had to be quick as daylight was fading and I still had some riding to do to get to my hotel. I would like to have spent more time at this fun place to eat.

Juab county
Nephi, Utah
Reed's Drive-in
Was a decent lunch, but prices were not in line with the quality.
My bacon burger was only average, Beverly's salad was "Yummy",  the sweet potato fries and deep fried green beans were good.

Kane county
Mt Carmel, Utah
The Thunderbird Restaurant
I've eaten here many times with family and friends. The service and food are always good. If you go in the summer months, and sit by a window you can see the Mt Carmel junction (SR 9 and US 89) and watch an endless parade of classic cars and motorcycles going through that intersection, which makes for worthwhile entertainment!

Millard county
Fillmore, Utah
Cluff's Car Hop Cafe
They don't have car hops, but they will bring your meal to your table inside or outside. Friendly hard working staff, terrific ambiance, and the food was pretty darn good.
(My son Will and I)

Fillmore was the first Capital City in Utah, from 1851 - 1856 and was named after our 13 U.S. President, Millard Fillmore.
This is the original State Capital building.

While Will and I were enjoying our Santa Fe burgers this beauty pulled in.

Morgan county
Morgan, Utah
Taggart's Grill
This pic was taken during one of my Father and Daughter rides.
Taggarts serves a fantastic meal. While eating you can watch peacocks wandering around the garden. Sitting at an outside table in the warmer months is a treat in and of itself.

More good food in part 2

Ride to eat, eat to ride. Part 2

Part 2
Kathy Stephenson with the Salt Lake Tribune wrote the following article about eating establishments and which ones she felt were the best in each of Utah's 29 counties.

Utah’s favorite road-food eats, county by county

Strom-rider "Satch" posted the article on the Stromtrooper forum and suggested rides to each of the locations. I stole that idea and proposed to Beverly that she and I do the same...... so...... here they are the 'best' road-food eateries in Utah.

Piute county
Marysvale, Utah
They have signs on the wall saying, "Remember its Hoover's not Hooter's"
Its a fun place to eat and a very nice ride to get there. One of the Strom-riders, Vegashotwheeler has set up several burger runs to Hoover's.
The Vegas crew rides the 600 mile round trip, the Salt Lake bunch ride a 400 mile round trip....we meet at Hoover's, enjoy a burger, good chat, and then return home.
This picture is from one of our annual couples rides.

Rich county
Garden City, Utah
La Beau's Drive-In
The strawberry shake is worth the ride.

Salt Lake county
Salt Lake City, Utah
Red Iguana
Plan on standing in a line at the Red Iguana, we waited 45 minutes.  I had a beef chimichanga, Beverly had their shredded beef tacos, both were wonderful.

San Juan county
Bluff,  Utah
Twin Rocks Cafe
Can you guess how they got their name?
Southern Utah is one of the most beautiful places in the world! Bluff, Utah is no exception. Beverly had an excellent salad, I had a middlin Navajo taco.

Sanpete county
Spring City, Utah
Das Cafe
 It is unusual to find such a popular eatery in such a tiny town, but Das Cafe has become a favorite destination for many motorcycle groups and car clubs. They also have an excellent black licorice you can purchase at the counter!

Sevier county
Salina, Utah
El Mexicano
Delicious Mexican food and friendly staff. I usually eat at Mom's cafe in Salina, but I now have a second tasty option.

Summit county
Kamas, Utah
Hi-Mountain Drug
Super burger! I had the Gonburger, Beverly had a salad that was very good.
The combination cafe, general store is charming and fun to wander around in, this place is worth the ride!

Tooele county
Grantsville, Utah
American Burgers
 My mushroom swiss burger was quite delish... however the ambiance left a bit to be desired - the music was exceedingly loud....even after we requested it be turned down a bit. And flies........OH. MY. HELL...there were a LOT of flies in the dinning area.

Uintah county
Vernal, Utah
Vernal Brewing Co.

Tomato bisque soup and house fries......Delicious!
(The sweatshirt is a shameless promo for our company...)

Utah county
Provo, Utah
JCW's The Burger Boys
We were a group of 5, all of us left well fed and happy.  A crowded, but good place to eat!
(Niece Chelsea and I)

Wasatch county
Heber City, Utah
Dairy Keen: Home of the Train
Great food, but its worth it to go here just to see the little train running around the store!

Washington county
St George, Utah
Benja Thai and Sushi
Ohhhh kay... in the interest of full disclosure I didn't eat here. This is the only place of the 29 that nothing was consumed. St George is 300 miles from my house and they were closed when I was here. So I just took the picture and went on my way. 

Wayne county
Torrey, Utah
 Slackers Burger Joint
Half the fun of eating at Slackers is reading all the cool signs hung around the inside, the other half is the good food, and the other the super roads you ride on to get there.
Slackers is a worthy destination.

Weber county
Roy, Utah
Jessie Jean's Coffee Beams and Homestyle Cafe
Adrian and I met here for lunch on a Tuesday mid-afternoon so it wasn't crowded at all. I had the Alamo burger which was fantastic! Adrian had the mushroom burger and gave it a thumbs up!
(Thanks Adrian for taking the pic)

Thanks a Latte for reading my blog!

Now if only Kathy Stephenson would write an article about the best places to exercise in each county maybe I could lose the extra pounds I picked up bagging all these wonderful eateries!
It's a tough job, but someone had to do it...

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pony Express Trail - Quicky...

A group of us have decided to ride the Pony Express Trail.
We had considered making this an over-nighter, but it is getting a leeetle bit cold at night, so the plan is changed to a day ride.
The group meets at the tiny town of Stockton at the only gas station in town.

Unfortunately the station only has regular gas, these two bikes call for premium, so they ride back to the previous town to get the higher grade gas. The rest of us decide to press on and the two BMWs can catch up.  We didn't see them again.

Look out Pass

At Simpson Springs we meet up with another one of the group.

The Fish Springs bird refuge. l to r; Dave, Ken, Gary, Me.

We ride into Nevada and on to Wendover where we get a quick bite to eat, gas, and then take I-80 for the super-slab-slog back home. From my house back to my house is 370 miles.
One of our group ran out of gas a few miles short of Wendover, but another rider had some extra in his pannier, so  it all worked out fine.
It was a great ride, PERFECT weather (it was chilly in the morning), and as is usual, very little traffic on the 140 (or so) miles of the PET.