Medora, North Dakota is known as the home of former President and Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt, the northern Badlands, and something called a Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Local families and tourists flock to the summertime event.
Cowboy cooks spear steaks on pitchforks and thrust them into vats of hot oil. Don’t get too close, but it’s quite an operation to watch.
You may feel as if you are in prison when given a partitioned metal tray but trust me, the food is delicious. Select your sides from the buffet – baked beans, baked potatoes, salad options, coleslaw, Texas toast, and fresh fruit – then let the cowboys slap a perfectly done medium-rare steak on your tray. Wine and beer are available for an extra fee.
Events begin around 6:00 pm in a pavilion on a hill overlooking the town. The view is spectacular with nearly 360 degrees of open sky. Musicians from the famed Medora Musical serenade diners with some foot stompin’ tunes.
Kids are attracted to the hillside which simply begs for a roll. Photographers eagerly await sunset at the panoramic site overlooking Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Eventually, dessert is served. Brownies and cake earn high marks and rank as crowd pleasers.
Most folks hang around until the Medora Musical begins in the nearby amphitheater. The wait is a bit long as the show doesn’t start until 8:30. However, stomachs are full and just sittin’ and soaking in the scenery seems rather nice.
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For other dining options in Medora please read my trip specific blog: Good Girls in the Badlands.
Fine Dining at Theordores.
Breakfast at Cowboy Cafe.