The reservations have been made and it now looks like a bunch of genealogists will descend on the restaurant at 7 PM on Saturday evening. Since I am already in Mesa for the Family History Expo being held on Friday and Saturday, I decided to check out the restaurant. I had dinner there tonight and have one word to say about the place:
It is a very informal place, perfect for a bunch of rowdy genealogists. We will have a separate dining area to one side of the main dining room. This is a very informal place. I was going to write that it has "sawdust on the floor" but a closer inspection shows they are wood shavings, not sawdust. Close enough.
As to the menu, I hope you are hungry! Tonight I had the Barbecue Blow Out Special although I think it should be called the "Pig Out Special." It includes two big beef ribs with lots of meat, a slab of pork ribs, one-quarter of a chicken, and a grilled beef spicy sausage, along with baked beans, a choice of potatoes, a choice of vegetables, and choice of either a salad or soup. I couldn't eat it all and I have a big appetite. All this for $17! My total bill, including a drink and taxes, was less than $20 plus gratuity. The Barbecue Blow Out Special will still be available on Saturday.
I am told the Saturday evening special is "all the steak you can eat." Yes, they are serious. They start by bringing three different modest-sized steaks, cooked as you like them. Seconds, thirds, and later helpings are included in the price.
I'll offer a side comment to newsletter reader Cheryl McGregor: thanks for suggesting this place!
Those of us with reservations will meet at the restaurant at 7 PM Saturday evening. I will try to be there a bit early so please tell the hostess you are with the Eastman party. Again, you must have a reservation already in order to be seated with us.
Dinner will be "Dutch Treat," you pay for your own food and drinks. There will be no other charges. There may be a game played after dinner.
I'll see you Saturday evening. Bring your appetite!