When Mr. and I went on a week-long road trip, ultimately reaching Crater Lake as our south-most point, we stopped at many cities in Washington and Oregon. We made a few trips to local grocery stores and whipped up some tasty bites in the hotel rooms, but we also checked out a number of eateries, including Beckie’s in Union Creek near Crater Lake.
First of all, let me show you Crater Lake. This is a volcano crater turned lake, with water of this gorgeous deep blue hue. This is the deepest lake in the U.S. and is considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. We drove around the rim, spending a number of hours hiking and checking out the various viewpoints and taking in the mesmerizing 360 view of the lake. No wonder Travel Oregon names it one of the state’s seven wonders! If you haven’t been, add this to your list. It’s worth it!
Back to the food. This was actually recommended by @pitstopsforkids on Twitter. It was right on our way from Shady Cove to Crater Lake, so we decided to make a stop.
Before we got to the pie, which is a must-have there, we ordered something more substantial first. To start, we became a kid again and got a Float to quench our thirst. There was a generous serving of vanilla ice cream in the root beer; water would have done the job, but we liked this better.
My Grilled Cheese had a thick slice of cheddar and while it’s quite rich, it tasted good and very satisfying. I substituted the fries with house made chips, which were seasoned with cinnamon and chipotle; the spices worked really well but unfortunately not all chips were crisp.
Mr., on the other hand, went for something lighter and ordered a Corn Dog & Fries. It was standard affair, but definitely fed to Mr.‘s inner child. He contemplated ordering two, but I think one was the right amount of food for him.
A meal this rich called for some veggies, so we ordered some Deep Fried Veggies. We were so bad haha! They did a decent job with the veggies. The zucchini sticks still had a nice crunch even though they had so much moisture content. Mushrooms were not bad, but the texture was a bit too mushy for my liking.
Then of course, we saved room to try their house made pies. We really wanted the huckleberry pie but they were sold out. So, we went for the seasonal item, Peach Pie. Perhaps I had really high expectation of it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much I had hoped. The crust was pretty good and there was a generous amount of filling, but I found the sweetness and overall flavour of the filling reminiscent of canned peaches. Maybe I’m just too proud of the peach pie I made myself. Hehe.
Walking into Beckie’s is like an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The whole place was a log house; it feels like a lodge but it also feels like home. A cozy feeling.
While the food may not have necessarily impressed us, the overall atmosphere was very fitting for the location and the rich history was worth making a stop. If you are travelling in the area, and you should so you can see Crater Lake, stop at Beckie’s for some comfort food, a float or a slice of pie.
Union Creek Resort
56484 Highway 62, Prospect, OR