So, you’re out enjoying a motorcycle ride, and hunger strikes! Here at HaulBikes, we asked around, did some research (while getting hungry in the process), and even had the pleasure of visiting a few of these places. Hey, our drivers get to see a good share of this fine country. The result is a list of 10 restaurants you should check out while on a ride. These places are motorcycle-friendly, motorcycle-inspired, and just plain motorcycle fun!
1. Stinkers BBQ at The Shed/Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, Maryville, TN – Stinker’s serves up delicious BBQ at The Shed, an outdoor pavilion located at the Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. They are known for their ribs and also serve up “shack packs”, perfect for taking with you when headed back on the road. Also worth checking out, the lineup of live music concerts held at The Shed.
2. Biker Jim’s, Denver, CO – Once only hot dog stands but now also a restaurant, what makes Biker Jim’s motorcycle friendly is that, well, Jim’s a biker. Biker Jim’s is known for friendly service and extremely delicious hot dogs of various exotic meats (reindeer, yak, and elk to name a few). Standouts on their menu include a rattlesnake and pheasant dog, southwest buffalo dog, and an Alaskan reindeer dog along with sides of fried green tomatoes or perhaps fried mac n cheese.
3. The Pig Stand, Ormond Beach, FL – Situated off I-95, the Pig Stand provides a perfect location for a quick, outdoor BBQ meal. The wafting smell of BBQ just may be enough to lure your motorcycle in for a pit stop. Another bonus, it’s right by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, home of the largest Harley Davidson dealership.
4. Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill at Brandon Harley Davidson, Tampa, FL – Enjoy open air dining on the water at this BBQ joint. Located inside Brandon Harley Davidson, this restaurant offers live music, monthly bike nights, and smoked hog wings? That’s right, hog wings - pork shank that’s been smoked for 6 hours in hickory wood. Tender, BBQ deliciousness.
5. City Limits Cafe, Waterbury, CT – In addition to food, this biker owned bar and restaurant offers an outdoor pavilion, where you can gather around a campfire, enjoy a meal, and listen to live music. Bike nights are held every Wednesday.
6. Wild Hogs Roadhouse, Miamisburg, OH – Ohio’s largest biker bar and restaurant caters to the Harley Davidson crowd but welcomes everyone. Their menu offers chicken, pizza, burgers, and wings and hosts F(ride)day bike nights.
7. Poppa Wheelie Restaurant in Mexico, MO – Named after the owner’s nickname, Poppa Wheelies specialty is Friday night prime rib and the Poppa Burger, consisting of three pounds of meat! Finish it in under an hour and it’s free. The sight of Harley’s in the parking lot of this small roadhouse will make this restaurant inviting to bikers looking for a sandwich and a beverage.
8. Mountain House Restaurant, McConnellsburg, PA – With a great view of the mountains and a parking lot full of motorcycles that often numbers in the hundreds, this restaurant also offers live music.
9. Rock Store, Cornell, CA – Motorcycle destination of the stars! The location of the Rock Store draws motorcyclists because of the windy roads and beautiful landscapes. The Rock Store is perhaps one of the most famous places to stop on your bike for lunch. Celebrities such as Jay Leno and Tommy Lee are known to frequent this establishment. If you are in for interesting motorcycle gawking, celebrity sightings, and a picturesque ride into this place, then this will be the perfect destination to pick up breakfast or a BBQ lunch.
10. We saved our local favorites here in the Milwaukee area for last. Try out Motor Bar and Restaurant in the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on Thursdays for their Bike Night and then get some Friday fish fry at Stolley’s Hogg Alley in Oconomowoc.
Motor Bar and Restaurant in the Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI – What better place to catch a meal after a ride on your motorcycle than the mecca for all Harley Davidson fans, Milwaukee, WI. The restaurant at the Harley Davidson Museum, aptly called Motor, offers American cuisine and Wisconsin classics such as fish fry, sausage, and cheese. Communal tables in this restaurant are perfect for chatting it up with fellow Harley-Davidson fans.
Stolley’s Hogg Alley, Oconomowoc, WI – Hogg Alley is one of our favorites. You can ride around the lake country and then stop by for the fry. We think they have other food besides fish fry, but we’re personally focused on the “fry.” From blue gills to cod, we’ve tried it all. With the fantastic food, bar and great customer service, we have to agree with their slogan, “You don’t have to be a biker to have fun here.”