You don't have to drive very far from I-84 before you come across Apple Valley. It is on the right hand side. It is a low slung rustic looking restaurant that is part of a village of shops. This makes a good place to take a break, stretch your legs and do a little shopping.
You can opt to sit in the bar or in the restaurant. The restaurant is made up of several different rooms all decorated with an eclectic array of antiques. Everything from snow shoes to old pots and pans is hung on the walls. The daily special are on a sandwich board that they bring over to your table when they come to get your drink order. Once you have ordered they take it away again.
The food here is best described as down home country cooking. It is stick to your ribs food. You can get homemade soup or chili, overstuffed sandwiches and larger entrees. They have a great selection of hamburgers and when in doubt this is always a good way to go. They are excellent at giving you your burger cooked the exact way you ask for it.
The Pike County Burger is a beauty with Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, honey glazed ham, BBQ sauce and mixed cheeses. It is terrific. Another favorite burger is the hearty melt with Swiss cheese and sautéed onions. You can’t go wrong with their open faced Reuben. It is on toasted rye bread with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and special sauce. Traditionally it is corned beef but they also offer turkey and pastrami.
If you are a vegetarian they also offer plenty of choices among their sandwiches, wraps and salads. They offer lots of Mexican dishes along with good solid meals like Grandmas chicken pot pie which is served in a bread bowl, fish and chips and chicken fried steak which is excellent.
They have a nice selection of desserts and the bar serves all the mixed drinks that you could possibly want. They offer live entertainment on a regular schedule. Just check their website to see what is going on.
Apple Valley Restaurant is family friendly and very popular with locals and visitors alike. Don’t forget to check out the shops before or after you dine. We have been coming here for more than 10 years and it is one of our favorite places to stop when we are in the area.
These pictures are from our latest visit.