Now food, food can be a bit of a problem at times. In any part of the county, the stranger would do well to ask the locals where to go for lunch, for the eating establishments are not obvious, often closed, and few and far between. Methow Valley residents, upon hearing of a neighbor's visit to far-flung Tonasket or Brewster, invariably ask, "Is there anyplace good to eat around there?"
|Parked cars in front of the entrance don't help the ambience.|
With no street presence (there is a sign that says "cafe"), and unlikely location at the front of Okanogan's livestock auction yard, one could hardly be blamed for driving right past the Livestock and never stopping. But I'm suggesting you stop, and here's why: you can get breakfast all day, or a "livestock" burger with homemade french fries, or chicken-fried steak (yes Tony, you heard me), AND rub elbows with the hardworking orchardists and cattlemen of the valley who already know it's good. Claude Miller was having lunch there today and that's good enough for me.
The woman at the next table got the soup of the day (navy bean), and it came with a hunk of cornbread! Coffee refills appeared regularly.
From Highway 97 in Okanogan, (going north) turn left immediately after the casino, follow the frontage road to the first intersection and turn right on Rodeo Trail. Pull into the livestock auction yard. Park among the large muddy pickup trucks. Go on in the door; don't be afraid; they'll be glad to see you. Your waitress will even open your can of pop for you.