Nostalgic Food South of Laughlin

Most visitors to Laughlin tend to eat at the resorts along the river. And there are some great ones. But if you are in the mood for some American nostalgia, travel south to Needles to grab a meal at Wagon Wheel.

Not only is the food great but the stuff hanging on the walls is memorable as well. One of the most interesting specimens is a gigantic pair of Levis that is so large you wonder who could have worn them.

They are from Claypool’s Department Store that was located downtown. I remember doing commercials for them when I worked at KSFE Radio back in the ‘70s fresh out of college.

My son and I visited the Wagon Wheel on a recent Saturday afternoon and we were happy with the friendly service and large portions. I was in the mood for a sandwich so I chose a turkey version that featured fresh meat that was nicely encased in one of the freshest pieces of bread I had experienced in a long time. The accompanying potato salad was perfectly prepared.

The other dish at the table was a burrito with a portion of their specialty pot roast. It was devoured in a few minutes. There is a large list of salads if you are looking for greens.

Breakfast is available all day. A Belgian Waffle Combo is just $12.99 and includes two large eggs and a choice of bacon or sausage. Homemade biscuits will remind you of home and chocolate pancakes will energize your kids.

Of course, you will find burgers including a mushroom pick with brown gravy and grilled mushrooms sitting inside the bun. The Cowboy Delight is a combination of bell peppers, onions and jack cheese.

At dinner some of the popular items are found on the Wagon Wheel portion of the fare. Chicken Fried Steak leads the parade as it is well known to the locals and tourists who monitor Yelp. The tender piece of beef is breaded and topped with homemade country gravy. Old-fashioned meatloaf is also available and you can still order liver and onions.

I found it interesting that there is a large Fiesta Menu with favorites from the south. For instance, Chicken Fajitas are made with fresh breasts combined with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and seasonings. A generous portion of sour cream, guacamole, tortillas and homemade rice and beans fill up the plate nicely. Enchiladas with a choice of meat are also popular.

Desserts are another highlight with a list of freshly baked pies that you will find hard to pass up. The price is right at $4.99 a slice. Try to find that on the Strip. Ice cream treats include root beer floats and you can order a scoop for just $1.99.

 Adult libations like bottled beer are $4.50 and a nice selection of glasses of wine are $6.99.

The Wagon Wheel fits the bill for American comfort food at affordable prices. Stop in on your way through town.

Wagon Wheel, Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2420 Needles Hwy. Needles, (760) 326-4305.

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