Stuck in a small town like Superior–without wheels, per se (since I knew my car only had a limited amount of time/juice left in the battery)–my options for food were pretty slim. In fact, my best choice was right across the street from my hotel, a local place called Durango’s.
Needless to say … there’s no website. However, you can find them at:
204 E 4th Ave
Superior, MT 59872
I walked over about 2pm to grab some late lunch, and was met by a friendly, young waitress who seemed genuinely sorry to hear about my problems. She handed me a menu as she ran off to get me some iced tea, and I started looking for something interesting to eat. The place is a combo restaurant and gift shop, kinda like a Stuckey’s … with the same sort of basic American food menu: bland and uninteresting … but hot and filling.
With nothing more interesting in the offing, I choose the Roast Beef and gravy with mashed potatoes, which came with a soup or salad option. The weather had been getting colder and colder the further north and west I got, and I’d been trying to get warm in my big, empty concrete hole of a hotel room the whole afternoon–to no avail–so I decided that soup would probably be a better choice for me
My one soup choice was clam chowder … so I decided I was going to have clam chowder.
I knew the soup instantly. They obviously shop at the same restaurant supply store I do. My first-glance comparison to Stuckey’s was pretty accurate. It was hot (sort of) and filling, but not much to crow about.
My roast beef came out shortly thereafter, and it was the same: hot and filling, but that’s about it.
The waitress made the meal far more than the food did. I took most of it back to the hotel room with me–and then threw it away when I checked out the next morning–but she and I had a lovely conversation, which inspired me to come back the next morning for coffee to see her before I got on the road again.
Final score: I can’t go any higher than a solid C for Durango’s, even taking the sweet waitress into consideration. The food was basically Denny’s/Shari’s/Stuckey’s/Shoney’s basic American cuisine … average food prepared with average attention to detail for an average price. That deserves an average review … because friendly waitresses often accompany that cuisine … and Durango’s epitomizes average.