Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sneaky Pete's

LeClaire, Iowa: A quaint river town with it's claim to fame being the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody. Of course the town must honor the gunslinging showman with a down and dirty saloon. I suppose Sneaky Pete's (est. 1975) fits "the Bill."

Who is Pete and what is he so sneaky about?

Sneaky Pete's is located on Cody Road, the main street right on the river. It's housed in an old strip mall of sorts with history dating back to 1866. The building housed various businesses through the years including hotels and general stores. The area has seen it's fair share of fires, but now if you smell something burning, chances are that it's Sneaky Pete's wood fire grill.

They only fire up the grill for dinner.

Though the food is top-notch, the atmosphere is casual. However, their rules about remaining casual are strictly enforced. When they say 'No ties allowed' they mean 'NO TIES ALLOWED'

The dining room is comprised of picnic tables draped with tablecloths and one wall papered with business cards.

I had been itching to sample buffalo meat for awhile now and, of course, Buffalo Bill's hometown was just the place to try it. I ordered a 1/4 lb buffalo burger with a side salad. It was light and lean and *majestic*, much like the buffalo that still roam Bill's homestead. Not Richie's cup of... meat, but definitely mine.

In a surprise move, Richie chose the steak sandwich and slaw. The steak was rare and he cleaned his plate, leaving only a small pool of bloody juices.

Our guests elected to try the barbeque pork and Sneaky burger. Pork was flavorful but could have used some sauce.

hope that burger didnt sneak up on him later

Head down to Sneaky Pete's for a root tootin good time and delicious food. Bring a business card. Just be sure to leave your tie at home.

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