Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
My dining blog has become pretty lame when I start including snack bars at tourist attractions.
But I can't help myself!
This blurry photo is not where we ate. It is a photo of my TV, showing a scene of Cary Grant in Hitchcock's, North By Northwest! Don and I watched the movie before heading off on a road trip out west.
I was eager to stop in South Dakota and see the carved monument for the first time... and equally excited to see if they really had this restaurant.
The cafe looked pretty similar with the large windows and monument view. But, I don't even know if they filmed the restaurant scene at Mount Rushmore or in Hollywood.
There were no Cary Grants in gray suits wandering the cafe, but there were some other cute little men. Look up at the amber colored light fixture. There were quite a few of these unusual hanging lamps, with little figures that looked like men chiseling away at the faces of the four presidents!
The cafe is actually more of a cafeteria. We joined others in line and picked out our lunch before heading out to those blue umbrellas outside!
If it's a beautiful day and there are four presidents looking down from the side of the mountain... I say dine as close to them as you can!
What a View!
We didn't even need the umbrellas.
The weather was perfect and so was our view.
We went for a bison burger with fries and some buffalo chili. It seemed like a good South Dakota dining choice.
And our nifty tray had some helpful historic info, for our reading pleasure.
Pondering Over our Meal
I saved the history lesson for later and just stared at those presidents while I nibbled away.
Dang, I wish I could have crawled up there and spent a little time exploring. But I guess even Cary Grant didn't get to do that. Hollywood had to help create this image.
This was a first time dining experience for me. Now that I've checked "Dining with the Presidents" off my list, I think I'll start planning a President Picnic for next time.
I might have to be a little sneaky, but I'm sure there's a flat place for a picnic quilt up there, near Mr. Lincoln's beard!
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.