Re:High Plains Drifters
Tue, 07/12/11 7:54 AM
Wednesday June 15, 2011 cont. On the way back to Rapid City, we stopped at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Here is the view of the mountain carving from the visitor's center. You can pay extra to get closer to the memorial, but since we had already paid once just to get into the place, we weren't feeling it. It really is impressive size wise and no doubt it will be spectacular when they are done. But, man, do they have a long way to go! Here is the model of what it will look like, with the mountain in the background. The best thing about the visit here was the young Native Americans doing traditional dances in brightly colored attire. Very enjoyable! Back in Rapid City, we headed straight for Robbinsdale Bowling Alley Cafe. If you remember, we stopped in the night before for dessert, but they were out of pie. And since we found the place so charming, in a Roadfood sort of way, we made this our dinner destination for the night. Once again, we had good pie karma going on, since I was able to snag the last slice of chocolate pie. The only other pie left was pumpkin, which was good since Johnny is a fan. We both started our meals with a cup of the chili. The waitress asked if we wanted cheese, onion and tomato on the chili. We said yes to the cheese and onion. I don't ever remember being asked about tomato before. Unfortunately, the chili was too thin for our taste and Johnny thought it could use some hot sauce to spice it up. For his entree, Johnny chose one of the specials, Mary's homemade chicken fried steak. It was very tender, with a nice light breading. He would of preferred a white gravy to the brown gravy that came with it, but still he liked his dinner. On the side, those fries are American fries. You are probably thinking that is what they call french fries here, but they also have french fries on the menu. American fries seem to be a cross between home fries and short steak fries. I went with the Big Leo. If they think enough of the sandwich to give it a special name, that I am willing to try it. Although the sandwich was fine, it was light on the ham and cheese and heavy on the toppings. The too hard cheese balls were awful. Finally, it was pie time, as we had to endure the pies sitting in front of us for a good 30 minutes plus. My chocolate pie was rich and very chocolatey, with an impressive flaky crust. Johnny thought his pie was not as dense as you see most pumpkin pies, but still had good pumpkin flavor. Although there were some missteps, we still recommend Robbinsdale Bowling Alley Cafe and much of that is for the atmosphere. What Roadfooder wouldn't appreciate eating his or her meal to the sound of crashing ten pins, especially since the lanes were directly behind our backs at the counter? And not only is this place a bowling alley/cafe, but it is also a bar and a casino, but we never ventured over to the other side of the building. Our waitress was very nice, but she spoke so softly, I had to constantly ask her to repeat herself. We also enjoyed the interaction between the waitress and a regular, especially when they were discussing another regular who never tips and always complains about the food, yet eats there all the time. I'm, sure just about every restaurant has one of those to deal with. Robbinsdale Bowling Alley Cafe 805 E. Saint Patrick Street Rapid City, SD 605-342-7271 Once back downtown, I took some time to check out some things out I had been wanting to photograph. Rapid City has a project called City of Presidents in which they have statues of presidents on street corners. This must make giving directions more fun, as in, "Okay, you go straight and make a ralph at Ike, drive a couple blocks and hang a Looie at Lincoln." The presidents are all in different poses. Harry Truman is holding the Chicago Tribune, which famously declared him an election loser. George Washington has a sword, to highlight his military career. Ronald Reagan is dressed in Western clothes. A very casual Jimmy Carter is apparently waving to his neighbor in the front yard. Gerald Ford gets a dog. Bill Clinton looks like a stand-up comedian. James Madison is either very mad or very determined. And since he was ill for the entire one month he was in office, William Henry Harrison gets to sit down. At this point, it had been a very long day, so we settled in for the night. Much more to come.....
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