Oregon July 02, 2019
This Old-School Oregon Restaurant Serves Chicken Dinners To Die For
Family-style dining at a restaurant is the absolute closest thing you can get to those big family meals you used to enjoy at Grandma’s house, but no one has to spend hours cooking, and no one has to do the dishes afterwards! There’s a quaint little restaurant in Silver Lake that serves delicious meals, and its chicken dinners are to die for.
Welcome to Cowboy Dinner Tree! This place was once a stop on the cattle trail from Paisley to the Sycan Marsh. It was the halfway point, so cowboys stopped here under what was known as "the dinner tree" to enjoy a chuckwagon meal of beans and biscuits under the stars.
Today, Cowboy Dinner Tree stands in this spot, but you can still enjoy some tasty homemade biscuits and beans, alongside a delicious chicken or steak dinner.
Address: 50836 East Bay Road, Silver Lake, OR, 97638
This isn't the kind of place where you just pop in, order your food, bolt it down, and be on your way. It's a dining experience unlike any other.
For one thing, this place is pretty remote. You really can picture it as a stop on the cattle trail. Also, it looks just like the set of every old Western you've ever seen. You can almost imagine Clint Eastwood walking out the front door.
All around the property, you'll find authentic cowboy gear. It's as though a team of cattle drivers just rode in, stabled their horses, and settled in for a meal.
The restaurant's dining room is just as authentic. You won't find fussy table settings and stuffy folks in jackets and ties here - it looks more like an old-fashioned trading post where you'd pull up a chair to dig into a hearty meal while swapping tall tales of the trail with your dining companions.
There are only two dinners on the menu: steak and chicken. Your meal starts with a salad with your choice of ranch or honey mustard dressing, followed by a hot bowl of soup...
...and some of the most incredible yeast rolls you've ever eaten.
Then they bring out the main course, and if you've ordered the chicken dinner, you're in for a real treat. It's an
entire rotisserie chicken.
That's right - a whole chicken, and it's absolutely delicious. Roasted on the rotisserie, it's cooked to perfection with a crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. It's served alongside a baked potato.
The salad, cowboy beans, and dinner rolls are served family-style, so pass 'em around and eat your fill.
You can choose from pink lemonade or iced tea to accompany your meal. It's served in a mason jar.
Dessert is also included in the price of your meal, so do your best to leave a little room.
Walk-ins aren't allowed at Cowboy Dinner Tree - you need to make an advanced reservation by calling (541)576-2426. Also, bring cash to pay for your meal. They don't accept debit or credit cards, or checks.
Visit Cowboy Dinner Tree’s
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