Williams, Arizona in April
There are quite a few cool looking signs in Williams. You might expect that since it's on the old Route 66 on its way into the Grand Canyon.
You have to be extra impressed with a steak house that has a snazzy neon cow sign at the rear entrance...
...as well as the front entrance! And look at the awesome cow that I got to pose with. There is just no way we could pick another place besides Rod's!
This is the front room, which was filled with cow stuff all the way up to the stained glass cow in the ceiling light.
There was a fireplace with some kind of cow art above the mantel. On the wall beside Don we had a double cow feature, with a nice cowhide, as well as a cow skull.
There was a nice display of cow dishes on the wall shelf.
The paper mat had a little history about Rod and how he opened the Steak House with his wife in 1946. The brief history mentioned a teenage dishwasher name Lawrence, who was hired by Rod. That dishwasher grew up and now he owns the place. I love stories like that.
I'm glad we spotted the festive neon sign before we did a food search on the internet. I read reviews later and I guess traveling just makes diners grumpy. I didn't have steak, so I can't really say. But maybe these people were just coming in with ridiculous expectations. I came here because I loved the sign, but my my tuna sandwich, cold slaw and Mexican cheese with beef and veggie soup was delish! Don's Prime Rib Dip was exceptionally good! Moist and tangy and perfect for lunch. And big bonus points for the china! I loved the sweet Hereford on the center with the fence & cow design circling the rim!
This photo near the front door shows you that Williams is not a big city. There were quite a few motels along the road, which probably get packed with summer travelers to the Grand Canyon. I didn't get a chance to sit on the saddle in the corner...or the cow outside.
I love having an excuse to powder my nose. On my journey to the restroom, I got to check out the rear dining areas. Look at that mighty steer on the wall. Lots of cowboy décor to enjoy!
My journey continued into the basement. You have to love a basement with white brick and neon. It made me think I was wandering the bottom of a ship.
Love My Ladies Room!
I loved the tiles and colors in this mod room. You can spot me flashing my camera. I promise you no one else was present.
I've had a thing with rating restaurant bathrooms since I was a kid. Back in the day, I would have given this one an A for green tile and an A for giving me an excuse to explore the basement.
Cows To Go
I was pretty excited to have a little cow card souvenir to help me remember my lunch. I would love to return sometime for an evening meal with steak and potatoes. Then I could see both neon signs lit up!
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.