Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Huckleberry's Hideout - Broken Bow, NE

So every summer it is tradition for the Tobin and Acklin Roping crew to go to Broken Bow, NE for the USTRC (United States Team Roping Championship, for my non-roping friends, it is an organization for team ropers). We go there for a number of reasons: 1) it is usually a great roping put on by CS Cattle and crew (can’t forget the crew because they are the feet on the street), 2) they run two arenas, everyone ropes their first steer in the first arena and then you rope your second and third in the second arena which really speeds everything up throughout the day, 3) we stay in a motel that is also a gas station, Pump and Pantry, that has actual keys to put in the doors (and when you come home drunk and leave the key in your door overnight no one enters your room and it is still safely there waiting on you in the morning...or so I hear) and 4) Huckleberry’s Hideout, a great restaurant/bar owned by wonderful people. Huckleberry’s Hideout is owned and operated by Jeremy and his wife. They started another restaurant in town and have since sold it and moved on to Huckleberry’s. Huckleberry’s is in an old school house or an Elks lodge type place. Very rustic furnishing, varnished wood tables and bench seats or metal topped tables and basic chairs with d├ęcor that is cowboy and rural America appropriate. On Friday night of this particular trip we got in a little late, but stopped by for a drink….or many, it just so happened that some of our Missouri/Kansas buddies were there and there was karaoke (yes that is a picture of my dad and I singing Karaoke)and keno so we entertained ourselves until we heard the phrase last call. Saturday night was a little different, after we spent a long day at the arena we were hungry, hungry people so we loaded up with our crew and met Monica and Roy Pankau to enjoy a great dinner. Lucky for us, and the rest of the patrons, Jeremy put us in a back private room because our party continued to grow throughout the night. Dinner that night was pretty amazing…blackened ribeye steaks, baked potatoes (or sweet potato for mom or rice for Teri), garlic bread and garden salad…it was one of the best ribeyes that I have had in a long time, seasoned to perfection. So if you are ever in Broken Bow, looking for something to do, a place to eat, drink and be merry…check out Huckleberry’s Hideout, it will be well worth your time. Oh and here is some roping video to round out the weekend, Barry Boos and I ended up 4th in the #8...

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