While on a day trip along California Route 9 we asked a couple of shop owners, locals, in Ben Lomand for a restaurant recommendation. They both came up with no suggestions saying every place in the area was pretty poor. OK, so maybe they had a hidden gem they wanted to keep hidden from us tourists, every place couldn't be bad. Disheartened we headed south back towards Santa Cruz and pretty much every eatery along the way had few to no cars in the lots. Not a good a sign on a Sunday at 12:30. Passing through Felton we spied the Cowboy Bar and Grill and it actually had customers we went in. It's a very casual locals place with a simple menu. But sometimes a good burger, fries and a cold beer is all you want or need. I had the bison burger, it was excellent. Wife had a burger, also excellent. Service was very good up until it was time to get the check and get on the road. But I can't fault them for this. It's a relaxed, slow down and take your time, kind of community. We were dining on the front patio under the shade of a big redwood on a quite afternoon. Why would we want to leave. For good basic food, this is a good choice and we would stop again.
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