I prefer to blame the fact that each night as I returned to my hotel room I suffered from sleep deprivation. However in all honesty I was just not interested enough to actually sit down and take the time to write. In all reality what I really wanted was a quick internet fix (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and then to watch a movie and eat my dinner.
So yesterday my wife and I agreed it was time for us to take a drive and have some really great BBQ. We of course agreed that it had to be from this little remote BBQ restaurant we found several months ago about an hours drive away in Walker, CA.
As we left the house with various kids in tow we of course were treated with the “where are we going?”, “are we there yet?”, “do I really have to go??” and various forms of other complaints all of which I reply with a statement designed to depress and frustrate them even further.
Hey listen I love my kids and and all but it is these moments of family bonding that I enjoy the most. I get to tease them with answers like “we are going crazy and you’re driving!”, “no we aren’t there yet but ask me again and I will slow down and make the drive even longer.” followed of course by my personal favorite “if you don’t go then who will I get torture?”.
As we get there who comes to seat us at our table? Why it’s Chopper the self designated host of the restaurant and then suddenly this place no longer sucks because the kids have a dog to play with and make do tricks.
Chopper is the house dog that we learned tonight was a rescue dog the owner picked up. He is very calm and quietly goes from table to table checking on patrons never making a sound or inappropriate act.
The waitress informed us tonight that Chopper stopped eating his dog food about a month or so ago. Who can blame him with all this great food that I am sure “falls” from the table.
As each table gets served their food Chopper quietly goes to the table and sits at a distance and just watches. I suppose he wants to let the customer know that he isn’t begging but if they feel so inclined to send some food his way there will be no objections.
I admit that I gave into his act and “dropped” some food for him to have. As you can tell from his round belly we are not the only ones to be feeding him. I think if you combine all the homemade french fries that the kids didn’t eat he probably got a whole basket just from our table alone.
Dinner of course was delicious!!! Tonight Kelly and I agreed to share a plate and went with the sampler. To be honest I have tried several different things from the menu and I there isn’t anything that I wouldn’t recommend.
As the time came for us to leave my youngest (Michael) had asked if the owner would show him the BBQ machine. So I decided to use this as an opportunity to snap a picture. All the kids of course (that included Chopper the Dog) are excited and want to get in on the picture. As you can tell from all those miserable faces that the kids just hated this place.
At this point I thanked the owner for the wonderful meal, putting up with my kids and also thanked him for the inspiration I needed to write this weekends article.
So if you really desire some delicious BBQ then head over to this place and check it out. When you get there make sure to tell Chopper that we said “Hi”.