We (or rather I) had an odd and unexpected food adventure, on our drive today.
I saw a billboard for the Idaho Potato Museum and insisted on a detour.
Don and I were driving from Boise to Bozeman. It seemed fitting that we should stop at Blackfoot... another community starting with B!
Famous Potatoes! I was happy to see that on the sign.
Posing with Potato
Don graciously stopped at the museum, so I could pose with the giant potato.
I loved the whole package. A museum, inside of an old train depot. Plus, a giant potato, topped with sour cream and chunk of butter!
Potato Station Cafe
Plus... there was a cafe, with a mighty fine logo. "King Potato" seemed to be riding in the coal bin!
We peeked inside, even though we weren't really ready for a lunch stop.
I do love a theme and they did a good job with potatoes!
First of all, there was a cozy farm feel. I liked the brick walls and wooden farm doors, with their coating of milky white paint!
Curtains and Sacks
There were colorful potatoes on the curtains.
Below the windows I spotted a bench, that probably came from the old depot. There were also a couple potato sacks below the curtains. I read "Blackfoot, Idaho" on both burlap sacks.
The little space was warming up with all sorts of potato cooking.
I still wasn't starving for a potato, but how could I turn down this experience?
I took a look at the chalkboard menu and decided I needed a little something. Potato Dollars? Potato Soup?
I went for a baked potato with bar toppings. That was a little awkward, since I had to tell the young lad what to put on it. (Think Subway) He gave me way too much sour cream and way too little butter. Oh well.
A Quick Look
We didn't want to give the time or cash to visit the museum. Now, I'm kicking myself because I looked up the museum on the internet and it would have been a total hoot! World's Largest Potato Chip and more! Rats!
But we took in the decor around us. I liked this bright image! "Giants From the Lush Lava Beds of Idaho"!
Mashers and Cutting Bench
I peeked around the counter and snuck a free peek into the museum. There was a glass case filled with a collection of potato mashers.
In the cafe, they had an old cutting bench, where workers once sliced potatoes by hand.
There were a few framed photographs of potato farms.
I was glad to see all this Idaho potato info, before we left the state!
One More Pose
I grabbed my purchase and we headed to the car.
I paused for one more pose. My potato looked more appetizing than the giant one.
We were on a schedule, so I was going to eat my potato in the passenger's seat. By the time we made it out of Blackfoot, I had bacon bits and sour cream on my shorts.
Don pulled into the nearest rest stop. It just happened to have tables tucked into some scenic lava beds. But the sunny tables looked very hot.
We parked right near this mighty fine sign.
How about that! Our rest stop was tied right into the potato theme! We got to see some of the very lava beds that have made Idaho soil so perfect for potato farming!
Cheers to Lava Beds and Idaho Potatoes...
...and cheers to finding a table in the shade.
One more cheer for my amazing travel partner, who allowed me this silly potato adventure! Now I need to talk him into a future stay at the Potato Shaped Airbnb, outside of Boise! I can't wait!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.