Dining – Western Style

Valentine’s Day; a time for flowers, chocolates, and dining out.  This seems like the perfect time to talk about a couple of eating establishments Al and I happen across during our travels.  Mind you, these are not your normal run of the mill type of places, but rather unique or shall I say uniquely western.

When Al and I started dating many, many years ago, we lived in the Chicago suburbs and loved going into the city.  Chicago’s Rush Street is a mecca of dining establishments and the food is amazing.  So we’d get all dressed up for an evening out.  I’d venture to say these evenings out were rather romantic.  Hubby did wine and dine me AND he still does…….BUT

I’d say my interests or what I find entertaining has changed somewhat over the years.  Don’t get me wrong, I still like to dress up and dine at a fine restaurant in a city, but been there, done that, bought the T-shirt so to speak.  I want different, unique, perhaps even a little crazy, and we found a couple of places that fit that description perfectly.

While boondocking in Quartzsite, we were introduced to The Desert Bar located just north of Parker, Arizona.  There were a few of us who caravaned to this unique and out-of-the-way establishment.  This was just one more time we appreciated driving a truck.The Desert Bar

The Desert Bar is located out in the boonies in the desert southwest.  Once we turn off Highway 95 we continue into the undeveloped desert on a dusty dirt road for about 5 miles.  Although driving a truck was a plus, I’d venture to say an ATV would be the perfect mode of transportation.

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This open air establishment is powered 100% on solar.  The live entertainment was excellent and the fresh grilled chicken and burgers were yummy.  We went on a Saturday afternoon and this place was buzzing with activity…..drinking, dining, dancing, and live entertainment.  The land surrounding the bar has an interesting “church” like metal structure.  There are antique cars, trucks, and tractors thoughtfully placed on the grounds as art.

If you’re ever in the Parker, AZ area, I would highly recommend a visit to The Desert Bar……fun and perhaps even romantic…… in a rustic way.Buffalo Chip

Then there’s the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona.  Al and I have been to this place several times and have introduced friends to this truely western establishment.  Our greeter is a Belgian draft horse named Cactus Jack.

Once inside…..well….. I’ll let the photos do the talking for me.

The all you can eat Friday night fish fry is a huge draw, especially for my midwestern hubby.  Hubby is a huge fan of the  Lake Perch, Walleye, and Catfish.  They also serve Cod.  Tummies full, we head out back.

In the rear lot are two open air bars, more dining, and an arena for LIVE Bull Riding and Mutton Busting.  Once again good food and we are duly entertained particularly by the Mutton Busting.  Unfortunately, I was too busy laughing and being entertained, that my photos did not turn out.  I’ve attached a video of Mutton Busting for those of you unfamiliar with this ‘sport’.  Perpare to smile or perhaps even laugh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m61mP3rwIeg

Happy Valentines Day…..hope you experience your own version of romance!

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