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For the Best in Cowboy Cuisine and NW Nebraska Lodging

Listed as one of the best places in Nebraska to Celebrate 150th State Anniversary!
by True West Magazine

Just good old-fashioned cooking with homemade pies. The Drifter serves cowboy-sized meals for breakfast, lunch and supper, featuring our open-pit grilled Choice Ribeye steaks, pork ribs, salmon and chicken.  Beer and wine (both local and national) are available with your meal.

Next door to the Cookshack you’ll find our 6 Bunkhouses.  Each room has a private bath, fridge and A/C.  The rooms are open from mid-April thru mid-November as is our new, larger year-round Sand Creek Cabin.  Each bunkhouse is furnished to depict an aspect of the local area and the people that were significant in the making of an Old West Cow-Town.  A swimming pool and wireless internet are also available for our guests but there are no room phones or TV.  Our invitation and our hope is that you will take the time to rejuvenate your spirit in a place that is admittedly out of the way but also out of the ordinary… and breakfast is free with your room.

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Coffee Burger: A Sioux County Tradition

Coffee Burger with Beans at the High Plains Homestead Cook Shack

Linda with guests and a Coffee Burger at the High Plains Homestead Cook Shack.

Sioux County, located in NW Nebraska, is home to a number of well-known people, attractions, and unique items. One of the most unique food items to come out of this part of the world in the last 40 years was a hamburger, the Coffee Burger, first introduced by Delores Wasserburger at Sioux Sundries located in Harrison, the Sioux County seat.

As the story goes, it was during what most remember to be the early 1970’s. Local rancher Bill Coffee brought his ranch hands into the restaurant part of Sioux Sundries one day and said to Delores, “let’s really fill ‘em up today.” From that beginning, Delores developed the Coffee Burger into a sandwich consisting of two 1- pound ground beef patties, topped with six slices of American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, all tucked into a regular size hamburger bun.

As word of the Coffee Burger spread and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, American Profile Magazine, the Omaha World-Herald, local news organizations and by word of mouth, folks from all over the country and world made annual pilgrimages to Harrison just to say they ate or helped eat a Coffee Burger. In many ways, Delores and her dedication to quality and the people she served were a shining star in Nebraska Tourism, before there was a Nebraska Tourism. Delores was well thought of and loved by many.

Upon her passing on October 1, 2004, Sioux Sundries was closed, never to reopen and the Coffee Burger was now a part of Northwest Nebraska history. In the late winter, early spring of 2014, the Kesselrings, owners of the High Plains Homestead, Home of the Drifter Cookshack and Bunkhouse, initiated conversation with Delores’ surviving family and requested their permission to pull the Coffee Burger from the history pages and give it a spot of remembrance and respect on the Cookshack daily lunch menu.

It is a big part of our mission here at the High Plains Homestead/Drifter Cookshack, also a NW Nebraska, Sioux Co. restaurant, to preserve the heritage of this unique part of the country and it is with much joy that we place the Coffee Burger on our menu and remember a lady who did it right.

If you stop by between meals, you can still get a sarsaparilla float, cold drinks including beer and wine, piece of homemade pie or an ice cream cone. Oh, and did we mention...coffee is just four bits!

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