Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cowboy Dinner Tree - Nearest Town Silver Lake, Oregon



The Cowboy Dinner Tree...When I first heard that we were going to be stopping there for dinner I was curious about the name.  What kind of name is that?  Well, years ago there was a dinner tree....and what is a dinner tree?  The dinner tree or juniper tree that grows just outside the restaurant was the half way point for the cowboys who were herding their cattle from Silverlake to the Sycan Marsh.  It was just that, the cowboy dinner tree.  They stopped there twice a year for the night and to eat dinner as they herded the cattle back and forth between the two points!


This restaurant is out in the middle of nowhere.  I can now officially say that I have been to nowhere and that there is no electricity but there is a restaurant!


There were seats on the porch but we passed through and went into the main dining area.

And what exactly is on the menu?  You have a choice of one of the two items on the menu when you make your reservation (and reservations are required!) 

You place your order for a 26 to 30 oz. Top Sirloin Steak


or a whole chicken.  There is no sharing! 

Your meal starts with a mason jar of iced tea or pink lemonade and a salad.  Everything is served family style. We dished up a crisp salad enjoyed our drinks and conversation.  A large bowl of cowboy bean stew came next accompanied by the sweet rolls...don't even try to get the recipe.  The cook has made these so many times that there isn't one!  She is on auto-pilot!  Alongside our steak or chicken was a very large baked potato with all the fixin's.  There is also dessert!

Did we eat it all?  Nope!  Large plastic bags are passed around at the end of the meal.  Since we were on the road....we had wonderful beef and chicken sandwiches for lunch for at least two days!  That was a lot of food.  It was also a lot of fun....who would have thought that there was a popular restaurant down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere!




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19 comments:

  1. It may be a rustic place in the middle of nowhere, but they appear to know how to prepare a great meal. What an interesting and neat post.

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  2. How interesting! Looks like a lot of fun. Love that table you ate on!

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  3. Wow, what a unique and cool place for dinner. Steak and potatoes my hubby would love that place.

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  4. I would need that plastic bag for sure! The food looks wonderful. I like that table. ~~olive~~

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  5. What a great story & name...and a WHOLE chicken or 26 oz. of steak! I guess large plastic bags ARE definitely required :-)

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  6. What fun! I would love to have a restaurant like this.

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  7. Hi Kate, I love rustic places like Cowboy Dinner Tree steakhouse, like the name too. They seem to always serve the best food, and this spread looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sue

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  8. What a great find! That steak looks cooked exactly the way I like it!

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  9. I love it! What fun that must have been. The chicken looks delish.

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  10. Holy cow, a 30 ounce steak!! What a meal. I've heard about this place but have never visited. I spend a week in Bend in the spring and will have to try it then. Nice post.

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  11. If I'm ever in that neighborhood, I'm definitely stopping there for some grub. Thanks for sharing.
    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

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  12. Oh my, now that sounds like our kind of place. I love places that are different from the ordinary. I think those family style resteraunts serve the best food too. What a wonderful post!

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  13. What fun to learn about the dinner tree. That food looks delicious. I love this story and I can't believe there is no electricity. This is roughing it and I know it is the hot place to eat when herding your cattle. Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  14. That restaurant looks like SO much fun. What a great spot to find in Oregon. You'd think Arizona! And the pix are wonderfully vivid.

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  15. I love these kind of places. Tomorrow I am headed to a place called The Lost Moose Saloon that is in the middle of nowhere...but I have heard about it.

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  16. That looks like lots of fun, a great summer adventure! And I love that table...

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  17. 75 miles outside of Bend, Oregon...enjoy the drive! Oh, and cash only (2012 rates = $25). I'm going next week. :o)

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  18. Just went this past weekend and it was great! Loved the Cowboy Beans and almost finished the steak. What an experience but it is out in the middle of nowhere.

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