This restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:30 to noon then closes for an hour and reopens for dinner from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM. It is about a 20 minute ride from downtown Park Rapids and at the end of a dirt driveway with huge trees forming a canopy that leads to the dirt parking lot which is really a muddy mess when it rains hard as it did the day I was there. They DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS!!! I was there for the dinner.
Guests are seated at wooden tables with red and white checkered tablecloths, long wooden benches and tin plates and cups. A beverage is included in the price, but a tip is extra. Guests are allowed to select one meat-pulled pork, barbecued ribs, roast beef, ham or baked chicken. Chicken comes with a delicious dressing. Sides are served family style and include baked beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni salad, cole slaw, relish tray, hot roll with butter and jam and a Logger's Donut for dessert. Only the donut can be taken off the premises. If you finish one meat and are still hungry you may order another. Sides are all you can eat. The platters are hot-almost too hot because my chicken stuck to the platter and in spite of the warning from the server I grabbed the platter to try to yank the chicken free and singed my finger.
The food was good, not great. I enjoyed the chicken, but the roast beef I received seemed stewed with no juice left. The donuts are homemade and served warm when I was there.
What I liked most was the atmosphere with logging memorabilia adorning the walls and silly sayings like "Smokers and Chewers will please spit on each other and not on the stove or floor" posted throughout the dining area.
There is a gift shop that you come to first and is where you purchase your ticket before going back outside to the dining room. I thought the dinner price was a little high, but the unique atmosphere was worth something. It was fun to try it, but I have no desire to rush back there again soon. There are no windows so there is no scenery to look out on.
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