Idaho’s Loudest Restaurant is on America’s Longest Road
Not loud in a noisy sense. It’s the paint. Driving into Arco from the east on Route 20 and heading west, how can you possibly miss Pickle’s Place? I was there one very hot summer day. I had been driving for quite some time since I turned off Interstate 15 and as soon as I saw the green paint and oversized chair, I knew I had to drop in. I found a table in the small dining room aside from the main eating area, sat down, and ordered lunch.
The Place is a Popular Stop for Visitors and Locals
Then the place began getting popular. By the time I left, there wasn’t another empty table. There was a festival in town that day. The Atomic Days parade had ended about half an hour earlier. The crowd split into two. Some wandered off to a picnic ground on the other side of town. Others came to eat!
Dog B&B's and Spaceships
Idaho has a distinct smattering of strange roadside attractions. Like a dog bed and breakfast in Cottonwood. I had heard about the place from friends when suddenly I saw it while driving north in the panhandle.
Our state is filled with a lot of creative types with impish senses of humor. The very same day I saw the dog I made my way into Wallace. Home of space ships, silver mines, and bordellos!
Gas prices and cold weather have left me somewhat homebound in recent months but I really need to get back to some of these places. An old college friend called those road trips attitude adjustments.