|Cowboy Dinner Tree Restaurant is RV friendly. (Julianne G. Crane)|
About five years ago, I read about this destination eatery in an RV Short Stops post by Russ and Tina De Maris, and it went on our Bucket List for whenever we might be moseying through that region.
|Hungry folks waiting in front of Cowboy Tree Restaurant. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Well, one does not just pop into this place. First of all it is located near a wide spot on state Hwy. 31, called Silver Lake, about 80 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon. Second, while it is open year round, it is not open every day (see hours below). And lastly, reservations are mandatory.
When I called to make our reservations about a month in advance of our desired date, there were only two spots available, one at 4 p.m. and one a 7:30 p.m. We opted for the later time because we were unsure of our travel plans that far ahead.
|One of three small intimate dinning areas. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Menu - Fresh and Homemade Daily:
|This is just part of the cow poke spread. (Julianne G. Crane)|
One strong suggestion, because there will be leftovers, bring your own food storage containers. On the night we were there, the wait staff provided plastic bags, but no twist ties. It's a definite challenge to transport soup in a baggie.
Cost: $33 / Per Person
|RVer Jimmy Smith digging in.|
Open Year Round
Hours: 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free Boondock RV parking across road
|Boondock RV parking in turn around across from restaurant (Julianne G. Crane)|
One huge bonus is the free, overnight parking in the turn around area across the road from the restaurant. It's dry camping, no frills, no facilities. But it was a great safe spot to sleep off a few of those calories. There is easily space for at least half-a-dozen RVs of various sizes. On the Thursday night we were there, we were the only boondockers.
If you go:Cowboy Dinner Tree Restaurant
4 1/2 miles south on East Bay Road
Silver Lake, Oregon 97638
County Rd. 4-12, /Forest Service Rd. 28
Click on here for a map.
--Julianne G. Crane
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