American singer-songwriter, David Dondero, is reporting in his meals from his current tour. Heâ€™s living my dream of playing music and eating on the road. Here’s Dave at Timeline Saloon & BBQ in Bonduel, Wisconsin.
West of Green Bay on the hwy 29. I pulled into the Timeline Saloon and BBQ. It was pouring rain all the way from Duluth. Going into this place felt like stepping into John Cougarâ€™s â€œHurts so goodâ€ video in 1983. I thought heâ€™d come out from the kitchen at any moment with a group of bikers in leather chaps. Instead the owner came out carrying an alligator. I thought it was fake at first but it was real. Turns out he has 5 of them and heâ€™s carrying around the baby. He also has many other interesting animals behind the restaurant and motorcycle shop/museum. Heâ€™s got a camel, ostrich, long horn cattle, buffalo and a giant turtle.Â The place turned out to be much more interesting after a closer look.
I ordered up the usual.. Miller Lite â€œunion made in Milwaukeeâ€ and slow cook brisket dip. This was succulent beef slow smoked/bbqâ€™d with carmelized onion, sautÃ©ed mushrooms and provolone cheese served on toasted fresh French bread. A dipping au jus was on the side and ruffles potato chips. This sandwich was amazing. The best French dip Iâ€™ve ever had. It blew my mind.
The biker chick bartender asked â€œwanta play the pull tabs for a free beer?â€ I said sure.. So she hands me a jar full of pull tabs so I try my luck. If youâ€™re not familiar with pull tabs they are common in parts of the Midwest and Alaska. Itâ€™s a form of gambling. A small piece of card stock with a tab you pull to reveal whether you won the prize.. Sometimes Itâ€™s cash,, sometimes free beer etc.. I pull mine and It says â€œhalf off beerâ€ she says â€œitâ€™s better than no offâ€ I say your damn right. Thanks for that.. I pay up and tip her well. She wasnâ€™t overly nice but just nice enough.
I checked out the motorcycle museum. There was a 10 seat extendo Harley bike that the owner built. I think itâ€™s a world record. This place was totally great and I want a try more of their food.
Timeline Saloon @ BBQ – W2707 State Highway 29 (18 miles West of Green Bay), Bonduel, WI 54107
David Dondero is one of the hardest working touring folk singers in America. Once named one of theÂ Best Living Songwriters by NPR, alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Paul McCartney. Itâ€™s aÂ privilegeÂ to have him part of Me So Hungry. http://www.daviddonderomusic.com/