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Nostalgia on the Menu: Exploring the All-American Charm of Main Street Bar and Grill

Take a trip with me down memory lane for just a minute. It’s summer vacation and it feels like it’s going to last forever. You’re on a thrilling road trip with Mom and Dad. The wind rushes through the open windows, drowning out the radio as you lean out, basking in the early morning sun. You open your mouth only to have your voice and air taken out of your lungs, leaving them dry and pasty. You’re not just on the road; you’re soaring. You push the limits, leaning out a little further until Mom’s voice brings you back to reality. Seatbelt laws are a thing of the future, so you sit, squirm, trade seats, or lie down to pass the time. 

A few hours later, it’s time to stop at someone’s local diner. It’s not yours because you are too far from home. But you still know your food choices are just the same. You know the one I’m talking about. Inside, there’s a tiered glass display with plated desserts covered in cling wrap. You span your options before the waiter seats you in a booth big enough to fit the whole family, including Grandma and Grandpa. It’s a classic all-American menu with breakfast choices like omelets, waffles, chicken fried steak, or pancakes with bacon and a choice of eggs. The lunch and dinner choices are burgers or sandwiches with fries or salad. There are no worries about what to order because you already know what it’s going to taste like before you even get it.

Now, let’s step into the present. The journey may be shorter, but the essence remains unchanged. You might even recognize your server by name, a testament to the familiar faces that welcome you each time you step in. This is our local diner. Welcome to Main Street Bar and Grill in Clearlake. 

The gray-painted walls with wainscoting provide a comforting backdrop for the stained glass windows separating your booth from the entrance. A large-screen television plays country music, filling the air with familiar tunes. The atmosphere is relaxed, inviting you to take your time, enjoy your meal, and engage in leisurely conversation. It’s a place that feels like home, a place where you can unwind and savor the moment. 

As you look at the menu, you notice the server handing the junior-sized chicken fried steak to the table next to you. It takes up most of the plate, shrinking its generous sides of eggs and homemade cornbread. You can’t help but imagine what the full-size chicken fried steak must look like. 

Now, it’s your turn to indulge, and you decided on lunch, enticed by the promise that every half-pound patty is hand-formed. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the choices, try the Blue Moon burger. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the well-balanced flavors of the sauce, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and fresh onion. Each bite is exceptional in quality and freshness. 

For a healthier option, try their Cajun Chicken Salad, which, if you name it, it’s probably in the salad! After the mixed greens, just try to fit the rest on your fork: raw onion, tomato, avocado, beets, hard-boiled egg, carrots, the tang of pickles, cheese, and surprise of surprise, potatoes that strangely brings balance to all the above flavors, a generous portion of spicy grilled chicken and last but not least, their house-made smokey dressing that’s got a kick with every bite. 

But if breakfast sounds good and the chicken fried steak or biscuits and gravy sound too heavy, try their veggie omelet, which has a generous portion of spinach, onion, mushrooms, peppers, and house potatoes. You can even skip the cheese, and you won’t be missing out on this hearty, healthy choice.

But before you hit the road again, one thing is for sure: At Main Street Bar and Grill, everything is made with love, and their portions are generous, just like at Grandma’s house. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience that makes the best beginning, middle or end to any day. See ya there!

Main Street Bar and Grill

14084 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422

(707) 994-6450

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy is the owner and editor for The Bloom. The Bloom's dedicated to showcasing all the good parts of life. If it's good news, you'll probably find it here.

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