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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

North Platte

I had a conference in North Platte a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised with the dining establishments my colleagues and I encountered.  I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was not disappointed. 

The Depot
We were told we had to go to the Depot by a couple of friends who lived in North Platte years ago.  When we pulled up, I was excited to see so many motorcycles in the parking lot.  (My dad rides a Harley and I have found those who travel this way always eat good food).  The bar was pretty busy for a Thursday night, but we found a seat right away.
The menu for the Depot was outstanding.  They had everything from traditional bar food to treats like crab cakes.  I decided on the Trainstopper burger, which had caramelized onions, cheese, and bbq sauce.  My colleagues ordered the french dip and an avocado burger.  We all ordered sweet potato fries.  The food was everything I wanted it to be.  I can see why we were told we HAD to try the Depot.

Roger's Fine Foods
On Friday we decided to wander down the main drag to find a spot for lunch.  We happened upon Roger's and decided to stop because it looked like a local diner.  All I have to say is, it's a good thing I don't live in North Platte, or I would be at Roger's every day.  This is the perfect example of what a diner should be, great specials and an excellent menu.  I had the hot beef sandwich special, which was good, though it needed a little salt and my friend had the BLT.
Roger's was so good, that we stopped there the next day for lunch on our way out of town.  I asked the waitress what she would order and she suggested the bacon breakfast quesadilla, so that's what I ordered.  It was perfect!  I almost wanted to stay in North Platte another day so I could experience another lunch at Roger's.

Feather River Winery
Although it was a long, winding trip to Feather River, it was worth it.  The wines tended to be on the dry side, which was fine with me.  They also all had this beautiful berry essence to them.  We had a wonderful time talking with the woman working in the tasting room and even got a chance to meet the vintner.  I purchased a bottle of the Marquette for a friend and a bottle of Frontenac for myself.  However I did not try the Frontenac before I left the winery and was a little disappointed in it when I got home.  It was not quite what I was expecting and I kind of wish I had just picked up two bottles of the Marquette.

The ladies at the winery told us we had to try Margie's at the old country club.  We got excellent directions and found it easily, though it was a little out of the way.  The menu was beautiful; with amazing dishes I have  not seen at some nicer places in Lincoln. My colleague and I shared the baked brie, which was made with a raspberry sauce and served with garlic toast.  I had the almond-crusted walleye with vegetables and my friend had the shrimp risotto. The fish was good, but the vegetables were fabulous. 

I think I often forget about the wonderful places to eat in the western part of our state.  My trip to North Platte left a delicious taste on my palate and I am anxious to go back for seconds.