Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Anniversary Dinner at Poor Red's

We celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary this week.  And decided to try an old stand by in this part of the state.  It's about a 45 minute drive from our house.

This restaurant has just recently reopened with new owners that completely remodeled the old building but kept the historic parts intact.  Like the 1 foot thick hand hewed rock walls of the original Wells Fargo Weigh Station from the 1800's that was used in the time of the California gold rush.

 And hand painted vintage murals of the old west.

I first went here with my Grandfather in 1964.  It is the kind of place that people from out of town always want to visit. People come here from all over the world.  They serve their legendary Golden Cadillac drink. I have never tried one but they are famous in these parts.

Poor Red’s was originally constructed as a weigh station for Wells Fargo. It was called Kelly’s Bar from 1927 until around 1945. A guy named “Poor Red” won the bar in a game of dice, and he and his wife “Rich Opal” took it over soon after.

They have served steaks, chickens and ribs as long as I can remember.  The new owners have added to the menu and the food was very good.

Mr. K had their bar-b-que ribs.

And I had the wedge salad made from 1/2 a head of romaine lettuce.  No way I could eat the whole thing, but it was very good.

The new owners even added an outdoor patio to seat more people.  This place is always crowded on the weekends.  I am sure the new patio really helps in good weather.

Here you can see the outside of the old rock walls.

So if you are ever in this part of Northern California plan a visit to see Poor Red's on your way up Hwy 50 towards Lake Tahoe about 1/2 hour east of Sacramento.

Bonn Appetite! 

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