Cowboy Cafe - Wyoming
- Pat Hammond
An acquaintance of mine of long standing drives very long hauls for a living. He dropped me an email about this place. I know it sounds like he owns the joint but, trust me, he doesn't! He's just a very thorough kinda guy. He gave me permission to post this. I hope someone has a chance to check it out and report back here:
"I finally got back to that restaurant that I love, in the high desert of
Wyoming. Here is the scoop on it.
The Cowboy Cafe is on the lot of the Gas & Go Truck Stop, one of the few
truck stops left that looks like it belongs in the '40's or the '50's.
It is near Lyman Wyoming on I-80 at exit 41, about 130 miles east of
Salt Lake City Utah. The cafe is in a two story frame building. It
looks like it should have a sign proclaiming "GOOD EATS", but don't let
the looks fool you. The food is wonderful, and the help is friendly, as
you would expect out here in cowboy country. About half of the
customers are locals, and the rest are truckers and travelers.
The food here is a very pleasant surprise. They have the usual
hamburgers, fries, bacon & eggs and such, but they also have daily
specials, such as stuffed peppers, stir fry, chili verde, liver &
onions, beef stroganoff, ham rolls, cabbage rolls, baked ham, roast
beef, roast pork, meat loaf, ect. I have eaten here about eight times,
and I have not been disappointed yet.
All of the meat is fresh and butchered on site, with the exception of
the hamburger patties that are purchased pre formed and frozen. The
vegetables are either fresh or fresh frozen, not canned. All of the
preparation is done on site, including the baking. The pies are
delicious. To top it off, the prices are very reasonable.
The hours are 6:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Phone # (307) 786-2107".
I too once agreed with your friends thoughts. Until a recent visit, that is.
I too use to be a regular until a few days ago, where when I sat down at the table, I noticed that a good portion of the menu had been removed, and the prices jacked up skyhigh, as if I was eating in a "fine dining" setting.
Needless to say, I ordered my last meal, and from here on out, I'll be eating at the TA down the road.
driving across country and decided to swing by the cowboy cafe with high hopes -- wow, if there was any former glory it's definitely faded.
seems like there was perhaps a change of chef or ownership. i got grilled catfish, dinner companion got pork chops with applesauce. both came with soup or salad - we both opted for salad which consisted of shredded iceberg lettuce and a few pieces of purple cabbage. it was fresh, but that was it. my dinner was a nice piece of catfish that tasted strangely like eggs - as if it were cooked on the same griddle the eggs had been that morning without a good scouring. seasoning was salt and pepper, and it came with a hard baked potato, frozen mixed vegetables, and a little bowl of fruit cocktail. DC's pork chops were nice pieces of meat, seasoned with salt and pepper and apparently cooked on the same griddle. the sides were the same - the applesauce noticeably missing. upon request, a small cold bowl of commercially produced applesauce was brought to the table.
Guess I'll through my 2 cents in on this very old board. Pretty much (from experience) the only local places I'll eat in ID,MT,WY, & the Dakotas, throw in eastern CO too, are Billings or Boise and that great burger place in Couer D' lane (cant remember the name) It's chains for me, too many lousy/dissapointing meals in the last 25 years.