Santa Fe Restaurant

★★★★☆

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My wife and I took a little drive, on a lark, to this out-of-the-way town (which has freight trains running through it, hence the restaurant's name; we initially thought they might serve Southwestern food), and happened across this place by happy accident.

The food falls in a kind of unusual zone between diner fare and gourmet. For instance, the two main selections--they don't have a permanent menu but rather offer two different things each night--were Philly cheesesteak hoagies, delicious, and a glazed salmon which I did not try.

The owner is chatty, and we learned that he lives in Kansas City and comes up on weekends, and Friday and Saturday night are the only times it is open. When we discovered they didn't take plastic, we were going to just have some pie with the limited cash we had on hand and leave it at that...but the owner offered to let us mail him a check! Prices were great too: nine bucks per "special" (which includes sides--I recommend the onion strings), four-fifty for kids.

The space has beautiful old woodwork and high ceilings, but at the same time the owner encourages people to write their names and city of origin on the walls (people seem to come from all over to eat there), which was kind of fun. He provided a marker and brought over a ladder at a good spot near the ceiling, as everything down lower is filled up.

Great place to go if you want to take a drive in the country and get away from the same-old, same-old, and have a good meal while you're at it.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I took a little drive, on a lark, to this out-of-the-way town (which has freight trains running through it, hence the restaurant's name; we initially thought they might serve Southwestern food), and happened across this place by happy accident.

The food falls in a kind of unusual zone between diner fare and gourmet. For instance, the two main selections--they don't have a permanent menu but rather offer two different things each night--were Philly cheesesteak hoagies, delicious, and a glazed salmon which I did not try.

The owner is chatty, and we learned that he lives in Kansas City and comes up on weekends, and Friday and Saturday night are the only times it is open. When we discovered they didn't take plastic, we were going to just have some pie with the limited cash we had on hand and leave it at that...but the owner offered to let us mail him a check! Prices were great too: nine bucks per "special" (which includes sides--I recommend the onion strings), four-fifty for kids.

The space has beautiful old woodwork and high ceilings, but at the same time the owner encourages people to write their names and city of origin on the walls (people seem to come from all over to eat there), which was kind of fun. He provided a marker and brought over a ladder at a good spot near the ceiling, as everything down lower is filled up.

Great place to go if you want to take a drive in the country and get away from the same-old, same-old, and have a good meal while you're at it.

Pros: Good food, friendly owner, historic building

Cons: Limited hours and menu, remote location, no credit cards

 

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