By Nick Simonson, LCPF President
It’s easy for me to remember when I moved to Marshall – pheasant opener weekend, 2009. In my five years here, I’ve made a good number of friends through my involvement in Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) both from the immediate area and those that look the chapter up on the web and contact me or other members with questions. Most of them generally run along the usual lines pertaining to hunting in Lyon County such as: “how do bird numbers look this year,” “what are the best WMAs to hunt,” or “are the hotels dog-friendly?” (Answers for this year: “better” “the bigger ones” and “absolutely, every one of them”). But there’s one interrogatory that leaves me with so many answers, I have to pause and think about it. That question is: “Where should we eat?”
Hunting hungry is no way to hunt at all, especially when the city of Marshall offers flavors and foods you won’t find anywhere else, from one-of-a-kind craft brews to the now legendary Panino sandwich, visiting hunters come away from this buzzing autumn community with memories from the field and their time at the table after the hunt. If you can fit them all in, these restaurants are the top spots for sportsmen hunting Lyon County and calling Marshall their home base during pheasant season.
5. Shay’s Restaurant & Lounge. Conveniently located in the Ramada on Marshall’s east end, Shay’s has arguably the best hot wings in town. Big meaty portions justify the price, and their spicy buffalo sauce will stick to your fingers and the corners of your mouth leaving you wanting more. The variety and size of burgers are good as well and the staff very friendly; a full-service bar helps you quench your thirst at the end of the day (1500 E. College Drive – 507-532-3224).
4. Mariachi Fiesta. Warning, this is authentic Mexican food, if you’re like my grandpa who thought ketchup was “too spicy,” you may want to move on down the list. But if you’re a veteran of Mexican cuisine and enjoy a little spice, Rosa and her staff have you covered with fajitas, tacos and enchiladas along with other less-mainstream Mexican dishes packed with so much flavor that you’ll feel like you’re dining at that incredible hole-in-the-wall joint that most of the tourists miss in Cancun. I highly recommend the mixed fajitas and a big blue tarantula margarita to wash it all down. Free chips and their homemade salsa hit the table as soon as you do, making for warm south-of-the-border hospitality right in the middle of pheasant country. (www.mariachifiesta.net – 329 W. Main Street – 507-532-2122)
3. The Wooden Nickel Burgers & Brew. Recently under new ownership, the bar food menu was gutted and replaced by an assortment of craft hamburgers so amazing, you’ll say you’re coming back to hunt, but it’s really just to try them all! Plus, with your choice of beef, chicken, bison or portabello mushroom (for you vegetarians out there) as your base, the options are limitless. Where to start? Order up the “Big Q;” it’s a quarter-pound burger topped with another quarter-pound of barbecued pulled pork (the best smell in Marshall when this is cooking in their backyard smoker), a massive onion ring and the Nickel’s secret barbecue sauce. Feeling a little sluggish from last night’s in-town adventures? Give the “Hangover” a try; it’s the staple quarter-pound burger adorned with bacon, a triangle hashbrown, a fried egg and a dollop of hollandaise mayo. Kiss your headache goodbye! (http://marshallmenus.com/woodennickel.html – 448 W. Main Street – 507-532-3875).
2. Brau Bros. Taproom. A new addition to Marshall in 2013, the Brau Bros. Taproom is an ideal post-hunt destination. Their unique sandwiches and burgers incorporate the flavors of their craft brews into each recipe. I highly recommend “The Classic,” a smoked pastrami sandwich that will fill you up, but leave you with a mouthful of rich flavor which will make you think you could easily take down another one (hey, just get it to go: win-win). The best feature of the Taproom is the microbrewery and all the fun brew-ha-ha going on just behind the glass separating those big brewing tanks from your seat – a great deal of that locally-brewed goodness ends up flowing freely from the taps in the signature big red fire engine, brought over from the Brau Bros. home in nearby Lucan. Pick from over 10 staple, seasonal and one-off beers one at a time or in a sampler flight and grab a growler to go filled with your favorite. Bring it back for a refill the next time you visit. (http://braubeer.com/tap-room/ – 910 E. Main Street – 507-929-BEER).
1. Varsity Pub & Extra Innings. Besides being a perennial fundraising partner and sponsor of LCPF, Varsity Pub and Extra Innings help you unwind (or get excited) after a day in the field with their full-service bar and over 17 varieties of beer on tap in a college crowd-meets-sports bar-meets-best damn sandwich no one’s ever heard of restaurant. While visitors might not be familiar with the locally legendary Panino, they’ll leave thinking they’d come back just for another one. These grilled wrap sandwiches stuffed with meats, cheeses, veggies and secret sauces in so many varieties your head will spin are what have made “The Pub” a favorite among SMSU college students, corporate execs, visiting sportsmen, and the rest of the Marshall crowd. Their wings are great too! Combine both and order my favorite Panino – the Buffalo Chicken – a side of their tater tots along with a cold Leinie’s Oktoberfest and a college football game on one of their many screens for a perfect after-hunt dinner. (www.extrainningsmarshall.com – 507-532-4714 – Corner of Main & College).
There you have it; you may want to start your hunting trip on Wednesday night just to get in on all the good eats that Marshall has to offer. For more great tips on where to hunt and where to go when you’re not in the field, bookmark the chapter website, like LCPF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:26 )
LCPF Press Release
All proceeds raised from the Guns & Cash Raffle are used locally in the Lyon County Area for the chapter's habitat and youth programs which preserve natural grasslands, create public hunting access, and get more kids involved in the outdoors and shooting sports.
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