North Platte, Nebraska: Beer, Squeaky Cheese & Summertime Fun, Part 1

Our goal is North Platte, Nebraska was to go tanking. We did and it was all we had hoped and more. However, our North Platte adventures didn’t stop there.

After a fun outing on the North Platte River, Ryan, my friend Karen and I, headed to Pal’s Brewing Company for pizza and a pint. Their Facebook page had been touting the pizza of the month, jalapeno popper pie, and I had to have it.

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Pal’s Brewing is located a little ways out of town. It’s fairly large and there’s a lot of outside seating area that was hopping on a Friday night. There are two acres of outdoor space and outside it is dog-friendly. 

We got a table a patio table and I was introduced to baked squeaky cheese. You heard me… BAKED SQUEAKY CHEESE dipped in ranch dressing. I have had squeaky cheese (or cheese curds) several times in the past, but baked was a whole new level of cheesy heaven. To be honest, it was superior to the yummy pizza. It is superior to many, many things.

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My photo of our squeaky cheese appetizer is mostly a picture of the ranch dressing, but take it from me, it is delicious.

There were a lot of beers on tap and Ryan got a taster flight while Karen got her usual style, an amber. The amber is called Nebraska Strong, originally brewed to support the 2019 flooding that occurred throughout the state, it was recently brewed again.

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I had Hershey’s Honey Wheat, made with local honey, and we drank and ate while the sun set in the west. It was a beautiful ending to a fantastic day and a great beer.

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We were staying in a suite at Ramada by Wyndham. Our room was big enough to play baseball in (yes, that’s a Nickleback reference). Actually, it was two rooms. There was a living room with a sitting area and dining table, a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, and a small workspace.

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I seldom take photos of hotel rooms because I think they are rather boring photos in a blog post. So here is a photo of the Ramada by Wyndham lobby.

French doors opened into a bedroom equipped with a king bed and bathroom. The couch in the living area converts to a bed, so Karen, who stayed with us the first night, virtually had her own bedroom. Everything was well-cleaned and the staff was very nice.

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The Golden Spike Tower is one of North Platte’s biggest tourist attractions. We didn’t make it but it will give you a bird’s-eye view of the rail yard.

The hotel, which has conference rooms and its own restaurant and bar, is close to the freeway and about five minutes from downtown North Platte. We didn’t eat at the restaurant but enjoyed the bar area several times.

Breakfast the next morning was at Penny’s Diner. I found out later that this place is a chain across the Midwest, but I had not heard of it before. It’s inside one of those silver train cars. Diners often appear in these types of buildings in movies and I loved the look.

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A cinnamon roll eaten by Ryan because it felt like the type of place one orders a cinnamon roll.

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It’s a small restaurant and with COVID-19 rules, they can’t seat very many tables, but thankfully, we got right in. It’s a good breakfast at an affordable cost. They even have a breakfast of three items for under $6. This is unheard of along Colorado’s Front Range. 

After breakfast we continued our exploration of the town of North Platte, Nebraska.

To be continued…

Thank you to Visit North Platte for hosting us at the Ramada by Wyndham.

 

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