Re:High Plains Drifters
Thu, 06/30/11 11:17 AM
Monday June 13, 2011 cont. Doing a little research ahead of time, I read about a restaurant in Miles City, Montana that sounded interesting called 600 Cafe. As we approached Miles City, I asked Johnny if we was up for a food stop, and well, questions don't come any dumber than that. I called the restaurant and they confirmed they do make their own pies and they were already out of the oven. We got off the highway and made our way into town. Man, this place just screams Roadfood. The inside, with high-backed booths lining the wall, covered with Western art and lots of counter seats, particularly appealed to me. We didn't have the appetite for a full meal, so just looked over the pie selections. And there it was! Finally, my favorite pie, sour cream raisin. I was so happy, I would have hugged the waitress if I didn't think she would call the police. Since Johnny has never had sour cream raisin before and has endured listening to me drone on and on about it, he ordered it, too. When I came back from the bathroom, this was sitting there. My first instinct was that they brought us the wrong pies. Where was the meringue? But once I saw the raisins in it, I knew this was it and was terribly disappointed. Truthfully, there was nothing wrong with this pie. It was very dense, lots of raisins and a heavy dose of cinnamon. It just wanted what I expected. While paying, I mentioned to the woman that I had never seen a sour cream raisin pie without meringue and she told me she had never heard of a sour cream raisin pie WITH meringue. Obviously, just one of those differences from region to region. She continued that it was an old family recipe that had been handed down for generations. Even though we didn't get to try any of the regular food, I get a very good feeling about 600 Cafe. Next time, I am going to show up with a full appetite! 600 Cafe 600 Main Street Miles, City, MT 406-234-3860 By the time we were approaching the North Dakota state line, we were ready for something more substantial and got off the highway in the small city of Glendive, Montana. On the way into town, we found Frostee's In & Out. This, is one strange little place! The building itself is hidden from view underneath a long carport. Everything is drive-thru and there are three tall stands with menus and speakers on it to place your order. A sign attached to the left of the menu reads, "Every item of every order is cooked fresh for your enjoyment, so it may take a little more time as we are not fast food." Always a good omen, we always like seeing this and never mind the extra wait for fresher food. There was a couple of vehicles ahead of us by the time we pulled up to the window. To deliver the food to you, they have a tray on some rails that slides back and forth. Never seen that before. Despite the sign, it didn't take that long to get our food. Johnny then pulled into one of the spots under the carport, so we could eat out of the sun. We started with a single cheeseburger, which we ordered with ketchup, mustard and onion and we cut it in half. The cheeseburger was fine, but was the item we liked least. I had read ahead of time that the potato salad was the one item you can't miss here and it was indeed excellent. Not too sweet, very mustardy and with lots of egg, this what potato salad should taste like. Johnny is a bigger potato salad fan than me and while he enjoyed it, he prefers his more on the sweet side and less mustardy. Our other side was something you don't come across very often, fried cauliflower. This came in a huge portion size, with standard ranch dressing on the side. Lots of big pieces, lots of small pieces, coated in a delicious thin breading. We both said we would order it again. To drink, you can get shakes, malts, frostys or tornados, but we stuck with standard shakes. Quite a few flavors to choose from (banana, boysenberry, cherry, butterscotch, chocolate, coke, grape, cinnamon, orange, peanut butter, pineapple, root beer, strawberry, vanilla) and you can mixture of flavors. My boysenberry tasted of fresh boysenberries and was very thick. Johnny drank a cinnamon shake. Frostee's In & Out 1810 Crisafulli Drive Glendive, Montana We continues on I-94 East and crossed into North Dakota. Much more to come.....
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