Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Paul Bunyan (Coeur d'Alene,Is)
The sign for this place is as big as....well, need I say, Paul Bunyan. On second thought, it is actually bigger than the legend says he was. All I know is that this is one big sign! You cannot miss Paul Bunyan's Pak Out when driving along Northwest Blvd in Coeur d' Alene.
Paul Bunyan, as you folklore buffs may know, was a very large lumberjack who traveled with his Blue Ox named Babe. There are some photos of lumberjacks around the restaurant inside. Evidently, the owners in the past have had connection to the logging industry, and those loggers work so hard, they probably needed a great little sandwich shop to eat at. back in the 1950's when this place got it's start.
It's a small spot, looks and feels like it's been here a while, but I was truly surprised at how busy the place was. I watched with amazement as car after car drove up to the "Pak Out" window and the little place filled up inside too.
We also had onion rings and a huckleberry shake.
The burgers were.... burgers, but the shake was amazings as were the onion rings.
In typical local NW fashion, they had all the necessary dipping sauces to offer too.
So this is Paul Bunyan's. Coeur d'Alene. However, I saw there is another Paul Bunyan burget place on my way to Sandpoint. That Paul. He gets around.