Two of my friends and I had been photographing fall leaves at Clear Lake near the summit of Santiam pass in the Oregon Cascades and decided to have lunch in Sisters, about 30 miles away. I had eaten at Bronco Billy's with a friend from England a couple of years ago and remembered that the prime rib sandwiches and garlic fries we had had then were very tasty so I suggested we visit Bronco Billy's for lunch on this trip.
Bronco Billy's is on the ground floor of the historic Sister's Hotel, a two-story wood frame building built in 1912. The main dining room is decorated with wild west decor and when you walk through the main door, you are greeted with a larger than life poster of Clint Eastwood dressed as the famous army scout. The saloon adjacent to the dining room has a carved back bar with iconic colorful dancing girls originally brought around the horn from Philadelphia to San Francisco in the 1860s. The hotel rooms upstairs have been converted to themed private dining rooms available for group reservation.
For this visit, I selected a pulled pork sandwich. It was topped with Billy's own house BBQ sauce and served with Ranch House cole slaw and fries. I thought it really hit the spot.
My friend, who loves fish tacos, ordered their signature Taco Grande. Billy's offers it with your choice of pulled pork, shredded beef, tender chicken, sauteed vegetables or fresh cod. She, of course, ordered it with fresh cod. It arrived heaped with large chunks of cod in a light batter and stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives and mushrooms topped with guacamole, sour cream and freshly made salsa. The taco shell had been breaded with parmesan cheese and deep fried. It was so big she didn't think she could eat it all but so delicious she couldn't stop herself until it was gone! She declared it was the best fish taco she had ever had!
So Bronco Billy's has been added to our list of must eat stops when we're taking pictures in the central Cascades!
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