One of my wife's coworkers brought in some G&R's pie. She told my wife about the tavern and we decided to go try it out. The tavern is located right on a corner of the main street in Waldo so it was easy to find. Upon entering, we were asked if we wanted to sit in the front room or the side room. As it was a very cold night we opted for the side room. This is a friendly small-town tavern so I felt at home.
There were several items on the menu that interested us but we both love bologna salad (which we asked for on rye) and I wanted the fried bologna sandwich. We also ordered fried mushrooms and fried cauliflower. The bologna salad was very good; unlike my mother's it contained no cheese or hard-boiled eggs. The fried bologna was very nice: plenty of meat with a nice little crispness on the surface. I had it with the standard cheese, pickle, and onion, and the only thing I'd add is a smidgen of mustard (preferably brown, Dijon, or honey). The sides were perfectly cooked, hot, and not at all greasy. The house horseradish dipping sauce was perfect with the cauliflower.
For dessert my wife had a huge slice of coconut cream pie, featuring a flaky short crust piled high with coconut cream and topped with loads of whipped cream. I had their red raspberry pie (I've had lots of black raspberry pies but never red). This was a lightly sweet but still tart berry pie with flaky crust top and bottom. Very satisfying.
We also ordered a chocolate peanut butter cream pie to take home. The box weighed a ton! Everyone enjoyed the pie but all of us said that the peanut butter cream and the chocolate cream were better separately. Next time I'd get either the chocolate or the peanut butter pies. Together they were too much!
The wait staff was very prompt, courteous, and helpful. Recommended.
"Gourmet bologna is a culinary oxymoron, but this sandwich, built around a thick slice of G&R's house-made bologna, hoists lowly lunch meat into a class of its own. Note the essential condiments: mustard, pickle, onion.(buffetbuster photo)"
"G&R is a humble place, but its reputation for bologna sandwiches has achieved near legendary status among traveling foodies. (buffetbuster photo)"
"G&R is Waldo's community tavern, but the locals are accustomed to travelers stopping in to sample the famous sandwich. (buffetbuster photo)"
"We saw no drunks when visiting the G&R, but the beverage of choice among adults most definitely is beer. (buffetbuster photo)"