Love a Good Cafe
This past September Don and I spent a couple nights enjoying some rustic lodges in Glacier National Park.
The Park Cafe
This cottage like diner has been sitting here since 1952. We stopped for a light lunch before entering the park. Evidently the same family still owns the cafe, but the very young staff seemed a little clueless. I didn't push for cafe history.
Obviously the pie is important, since the menu shows an oozing slice of blueberry pie with words beneath...THE POWER OF PIE!" But Don and I were just eager for a light lunch and a glimpse of this cute little place.
Sharing food is what the penny pinchers and old people do. I guess Don and I are both. When you're on a 1-month road trip, it gets costly eating out all the time. We also get tired of eating. I never thought I would hear myself say, "I'm not that hungry. Wanna share a plate?" That seems like what old people say. And now we're old. But the cheeseburger and fries were pretty good. Pie? Another day.
I love a place that dares to not change. The diner chairs, counter and stools are all original. I love the red and I love seeing through to the kitchen. And I loved seeing the firefighters or policemen seated at the counter. Wait those guys rode in on motorcycles and they are not in uniform. But the look was right.
I decided not to take a photo of the bathroom, but it is worth mentioning. Guests in need of a restroom must take a little hike down a pathway to a shed, with plywood doors that lock with metal hooks.
The soap dispenser was resting on the floor. I should have saved the restroom for the gas station.
West Glacier Restaurant
This trim little restaurant with flowers and flag was where we stopped for breakfast after leaving the park, two days later. It was built in 1938 near the park entrance. The place closed during WWII, and was bought by the Lundgren Family in 1946. They owned it until last year.
We walked through a good sized gift shop into the main dining room. There's nothing too special about it. It was last renovated in the 1970's and the old ice cream counter and pie cooler gave hints of the past. But really it was a chat with Karen that was the most memorable.
Pancakes and Chatting
Karen noticed me taking photos of Don's huckleberry pancakes and fried ham and that started up a conversation. The woman of about 60 had been working at the restaurant for 14 years. She said she wasn't sure how much longer she'd be staying.
She said she used to work as the cashier and customers came to her at the counter with their checks. "Things have been changing. Now the servers act as their own cashiers. I ring up an occasional item at the gift shop and I just wander around and kind of oversee things."
But then she smiled and admitted a good thing. "But guess what? I lost 14 pounds since I'm not just standing behind the counter all day."
Both places have resisted change for a long time. I'm glad I got to enjoy a burger and some pancakes before much more renovations or even closings. Change often is a good thing, but I can easily relate to Karen and her woes. Can't we just leave things as they are?
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.