This month’s Dive Night was a real adventure. Ruthie and Ray, the couple with the secret dining destination, picked us up at our house at the usual Dive Night time. Husby and I piled into the van and off we went. Off we went…*chug, chug, chug*… We got about three miles away from our house and the vehicle decided to kick the bucket. I was sure we were all going to die as the van seemed to pick the most inappropriate place to konk out, right over the crest of a hill on a 70-mph freeway. Luckily we could roll down the hill and halfway up the first exit ramp thanks to Ray’s superior vehicle-manuvering skills. We didn’t die, but the van certainly did.
Yep, there it is. The engine. Luckily Ruthie and Ray have one last offspring living in their house, so Ruthie called him up to come rescue us.
Once the loyal offspring dropped Ruthie and me off at our house we waited for the men to call us with news that the tow truck had arrived. Then we hopped into our fully-functioning vehicle and continued on with the Dive Night adventure.
You just can’t go wrong in Nordeast. Ray directed us to Elsie’s: Restaurant, Bar, & Bowling Center. What fun!
“Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented to Elsie’s Restaurant in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.” Signed October 13, 2008 by Jim Ramstad (US Congressman). Really?
This is the perfect dive, endorsed by Congress! Our waitress had a contageous enthusiasm and added greatly to our experience. We started out with a much-needed libation (after the trying time we spent with the belly-up van) and perused the appetizer menu. We really wanted to try the Reuben Bombers, but because we arrived late they had already sold out. (A perfect excuse to return to Elsie’s!) So we decided to try the “homemade” deep fried cheese curds and the handbreaded portabellas. OMG.
Yeah, the cheese curds were good, but those portabellas? To die for! And the appetizer basket was full of these magnificent treats. They’re served with a ranch-type sauce. Really, really good.
As for our entrees, we had the Pot Roast Melt (with onion rings), the Hot Old Fashioned (with turkey), the Hot Cali Turkey Club, and The Works Burger