The small town of Eureka, Nevada is located along U.S. Highway 50 - known as The Loneliest Road in America" - nearly 100 miles from the "big city" of Ely, and nearly 100 miles from the nearest town to the west, Austin. There aren't many dining choices in town, and Eureka isn't known as a dining destination ... but if you're hungry thirsty, you're in luck as you can visit Owl Club Bar and Steakhouse, located on Main Street, in downtown Eureka, Nevada.
As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: It's a little past 1:00 in the afternoon on Monday, June 29, 2020, and we've stopped at Owl Club Bar and Steakhouse, located in downtown Eureka, NV to enjoy lunch, after spending the last several days camping and fishing at Cave Lake State Park, located near Ely.
The town of Eureka - population about 500 - advertises itself as "The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road in America."
Photo: The restaurant is also known as the Owl Club Cafe and is located inside a building that dates back over 100 years. The double doors open to the cafe and the arch hides a door that opens to the bar. Both are connected inside.
Photo: As you enter the cafe... or restaurant, you'll notice the rustic, western atmosphere. You'll note the many western paintings, and the knotty pine paneling. True to this day in June, 2020, tables are dispersed in respect to the "social distancing" that even seems to be happening in Eureka.
The order counter is at the rear of the restaurant, with Jay, the manager behind the counter. Owl Club is a full-service restaurant, but soft drinks and coffee are dispensed from behind the counter. You can sit at any open table, and Jay will bring you a menu.
Photo: Jay stands behind the counter, filling a fellow diner's order for a soft drink.
Photo: The first page of the menu features all of the local favorites, and just about anything that you could ever hope to find on a diner menu. I was truly tempted to order a "Fish and Chips Basket," but like my friends, from the "Classic Homestyle Burgers" section of the "Lunch" menu, I went with a "Hamburger."
Photo: The second page of the menu features mostly salads and drinks, which didn't really excite any of us.
Photo: Owl Club is half bar and half restaurant, separated by a partition, with entry through an open door. On this early Monday afternoon, the bar is not in use, and every other slot machine is covered, thanks to the virus, and the practice of "social distancing."
Photo: We loved this sign on the wall behind us that pretty wells sums up our opinion of Wi-Fi when you're with a group of friends.
Photo: This board was also on the wall behind us, and we found it interesting that desert and beer were combined together.
Photo: Our server, Jay, brings lunch to fellow diners. Jay was efficient, friendly enough, but a man of very few words.
Photo: Thanks to our server Jay for snapping our photo, as we prepare to enjoy our lunch. Left to right, your author, friends Brent and Robert.
Photo: From the "Classic Homestyle Burgers" section of the lunch menu, all three of us placed identical orders of "Hamburger," and "Tater Tots" as our side. As far as sides are concerned, you can choose between "Tater Tots" or "Crinkle Fries." Gee... I should have ordered the fries just to be different!
Although the restaurant wasn't busy, it took nearly 45 minutes for our orders to arrive... hmmm. I can forgive the long wait time, but face the fact that you're in Eureka, Nevada, not Eureka, California!
The "Hamburger" started out with a generous sized patty of ground beer - I'd guess a third of a pound - cooked perfectly medium. I "guess" that one of us had asked our server to order a burger cooked in a different style, the chef would have been happy to oblige. The meat patty was tender, juicy and cooked perfectly.
Each meat patty was placed on a lightly toasted bun, with a little melted mayonnaise to add to the flavor. The menu advertises each burger "comes with all the fixins" and the "fixins" include lettuce, dill pickle slices and white onion. The "fixins" were crisp, fresh and complimented the fine burger.
The "Tater Tots" were deep fried to a perfect golden brown on the outside, and white and tender on the inside. They were neither salty or greasy and were cooked just the way I like them. I confess that I dipped them in ketchup, which brings out the "kid" in me.
The burger and tots were delicious, perfectly cooked, and very basic. No worries, as Eureka is very "basic" and so am I. My friends and I left the restaurant happy, full and satisfied.
The dining is basic, the atmosphere is rustic, but the food is good, the price is right, and the beer is cold. When you're traveling on the "Loneliest Road in America," and you find yourself in Eureka, Nevada, stop by for some great food and a cold beer or two.
Own Club Bar and Steakhouse
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