buzz in the valley is a deep growl coming from bikes at the
Harley-Davidson Museum. Riders show up for the tour, then stick around
for a meal at one of the two side-by-side restaurants.
Cafe Racer serves fast food but itís
not McDonaldís. Yes, customers order at the counter and carry their
food to a table, but the similarity ends there. On the breakfast menu,
Smoked Salmon Quesadillas stuffed with cream cheese, dill, onion and
tomato or Seasonal Veggie Burritos with fresh fruit are healthful
alternatives to fried food and a fine way for a morning preride
fill-up. For a Beefy Mary with a beer chaser, customers need to dine
next door or settle for a kick from Red Bull.
We found the bikers at Motor, sitting
outside by the river, a gaggle of leather, jeans jackets, Harley Ts
and red bandanas. "Whatís that?" I asked our server as
someone walked by holding a 3-foot long wooden paddle with something
pizza-like on it.
"Oh, thatís the Flathead
Flatbread pizza. We even have special boxes for leftovers. Itís
delicious," she said. Too bad Iíd already ordered the Loaded
Cheddar Burger. With the fries that came along, two people could
easily split that meal and still have leftovers. In fact, all the
observed portions looked quite generous. We also liked the Oven
Roasted Chicken Salad with its mix of candied walnuts, Mission figs,
dried cherries, raisins, cornbread croutons and char-grilled corn,
fresh from the cob.
Starters at Motor get creative with
Reuben Potato Pancakes and Spokes, skewered beef or chicken with
cucumber sauce. Hearty eaters can attempt the Tomahawk, a 22-ounce
steak, and dessert lovers will revel in the classic Banana Split.