Sunday, January 30, 2011

Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives…Oh MY!!! ...LA Pines Cafe

For some reason I could not sleep Friday night so I woke up early Saturday morning, I got up around 4:30 am. David and I had a trip planned to take the bikes to Slidell, Louisiana to go eat at La Pines Café

Got a cup of coffee and did a little web surfing

before I had to meet up with David at 10:00am, glad I did…first I got directions to L A Pines café and loaded them into my iphone.

Then I thought I would Google “motorcycle leather in Louisiana” (my thought was maybe I could find a leather shop in, near by new Orleans) then I notice a leather shop only 4 miles from were we are going to eat in Slidell…Wow score!!!

SORRY NO MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE LEATHER SHOP…ON THIS POST, CRUEL I KNOW…HA-HA. Tune into my next post for full details about it (cliffhanger)

Ok let’s talk La Pines Café now; I met David in Purvis at a Chevron at the intersection of hwy 589 and I 59, we gassed up and down I 59 we went, Slidell is around 70 miles from Purvis. The air was a little chilly but the ride was great, pulled into the café around 11:30am. At first look the place looks like a dive but after a second look it still looked like a dive. My guess, during the normal work week it would be a hot spot meeting place for the entire construction workers in town (home town dinner). Its easy to find just look for the water tower,

the café is located under it. We parked our bikes up front

right next to their small smoker that had seen its better days.

There is a large sign of Guy attached to the front of the building,

proving the crew had been there. Once in, you can’t help but notice the large mural on the wall (still not sure what that was about, but I’m sure there was meaning to it to someone)

I guess my first thought, after we were told to find our on seats, we took a seat next to the mural, was not an overly friendly place, not mean or anything like that, just a place to eat. The waitress took our order; David order a Grilled Reuben sandwich with chips and a sweet tea,

I order a childhood memory hamburger steak with gravy, mashed potatoes,

a salad came with it,

oh yea and a diet coke (got to watch my figure) my fist bite was a disappointment the gravy that covered everything tasted burnt

or like it had been around for awhile, the meat underneath was very bland…not bad just no taste, the mashed potatoes were good but the were covered with gravy, burnt gravy. David said his sandwich was good (but really, how do you screw up a sandwich)

we had an uneventful meal, checking or iphone for directions to our next stop (cliffhanger, cliffhanger ha-ha) over all I would rate the café a two stars out of five,

I gave it a two mainly  because the food was not overly pricey, I think our meal came to 18 dollars for the both of us. After looking on the web again it appears they are more famous for their breakfast. Hmmm not sure I’ll even give that a try…ok till next time. Remember good things did happen on this trip, just not at the La Pines Café. Be sure to check out my next post…

Big Al


the rider said...

Hey Al sorry to hear that your experience at that diner (dive) was a disappointment, we have that program on our satelite service and I really enjoy watching it, I would love to visit some of those places someday.
By the way I have to ask, in the 3rd post back, are there really people wandering around the shop like that??!!

GYMONR said...

Hey Rider, I've been to three of the dinners now, love them all, good and bad. Oh yea, people do walk around like that in walmart.
Big Al

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