A delicious old fashioned American dinner!
I was in the mood to go for a drive and to get some old fashioned food for dinner. I have not been to the Moapa Paiute Tribal Casino in a while, so that seemed like a good choice for an evening drive. The Moapa Paiute Tribal Casino and Travel Plaza is located just north of Nellis Air Force Base on I-15 by The Valley Of Fire.
The Valley Of Fire is the oldest of Nevada's great state parks and it is known to be a Native American sacred area. Camping, hiking and rock climbing are fun things to do there. The Moapa Paiute Tribal Casino is on one side of The Valley Of Fire and Lake Mead is on the other side of the state park. The Valley Of Fire is a great place for picture taking. The pictures that I posted of The Valley Of Fire were shot last year on a rare rainy day in the desert.
There are interesting ancient prehistoric petroglyphs at The Valley Of Fire. The occupants that carved the petroglyphs were the Anasazi. The Anasazi also farmed the Moapa Valley about 1000 years ago. The Moapa tribe are part of the Paiute Nation. The Moapa Paiute Tribe moved into The Valley Of Fire region after the Anasazi disappeared and they have been the occupants ever since.
The Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza is a nice convenience for travelers on I-15 and for The Valley Of Fire visitors. Because the travel plaza is on a reservation, taxes are not applied to sales. Tobacco, liquor, gas and food are sold at nice prices when there are no taxes involved! A large selection of fireworks are marketed at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza. If you travel from Las Vegas to this area, it pays to fuel up and stock up tax free!
The Moapa Paiute casino is small by modern standards. Many of the slot machines are coin operated. Many old time gamblers prefer coin operated machines. The sounds of coins dropping in a basket when a jackpot hits is a very attractive sound!
The Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza has an old fashioned restaurant that is reminiscent of old time truck stop diners. Truck stop diners are known for good simple old fashioned American food! The menu at the restaurant offers good old fashioned diner style entrees and some popular Mexican food.
I took a look at the menu board and saw an item that I have not had for a while. Chicken Fried Steak! The chicken fried steak came with a choice of soup or salad. Beef vegetable soup was the soup of the day. I chose the soup over the salad, because its been a while since I had had a home made beef vegetable soup.
The beef vegetable soup was awesome! Big chunks of good beef and potatoes that were not over cooked made this a great hearty bowl of soup. The beef vegetable soup was a meal on its own!
Chicken fried steak is lightly battered pounded beef that is fried and served with a milk and sausage gravy. Mashed potatoes are usually served with chicken fried steak.
This was a picture perfect plate of chicken fried steak! A section of corn on the cob added a nice classic touch to the plate. The beef was tender and the gravy was thick, just like it should be. A meal like this will really stick to the ribs when hungry!
The restaurant was very clean and the service was very good. I sat at the restaurant counter rather than at a table. The waitress was very attentive and the service was fast.
I asked about the pies that they had on display in the dessert cooler, before I ate the chicken fried steak. I hit the proverbial wall of over eating after this heavy meal and sadly I had no room left in my tummy for a slice of pie. I say sadly, because they had one of my favorite old fashioned pies in the display case. Chocolate cream pie!
My dining experience was a good one at the Moapa Paiute Tribal Casino and Travel Plaza Restaurant! I highly recommend the Moapa Paiute Casino restaurant for locals and visitors of The Valley Of Fire. They serve good old fashioned food! Yum! ... Shawna