Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Our Anniversary Dinner at Line Camp Steakhouse

Roughlock Resort/Runnin’ Iron Inn/Line Camp Steakhouse

7980 US-191 (9 miles north of town)
Monticello, Utah, 84535

Phone: (435) 587-2351



October 8, 2018, Roy and I were celebrating 15 years together; 15 years of being best friends, lovers, companions and the strength for each other.  What better place to celebrate than at Line Camp Steakhouse, a restaurant made strong by Bob and Jane Musselman.  They had a strong marriage as well, and everyone can rightly say that Bob was, indeed, a character.  After his passing, locals wondered what would happen to the inn & steakhouse, and that’s where daughter, Bobby Jane Gregory, comes in.

With experience in the hospitality industry, there was very little thought about taking the place over.  Oh, it’s frustrating at times, especially trying to repair Bob’s amateur attempts at handyman work.  Then, looking at the tablecloths and table settings picked out by mom, Jane; the fond memories far exceed the frustrations.  Around the walls of the restaurant are hunting trophies donated by locals, photographs of Musselmans long past, and odds and ends of items that tell a sort of history of Monticello.  It’s fine dining, in a hunting lodge, where cowboys can hang their hats & spurs, and everyone becomes friends during a delicious dinner.

Bobby Jane and her hubby, Jerrod, made a few changes to the menu, added a few lighter items, and have plans of creating dishes for vegetarian/vegan tastes.  For the warmer months, an outside bar, with food offerings of tapas and appetizers, is on the creative board.  While we had an anniversary dinner, wedding receptions, birthday parties, or any other type of celebration can be arranged for at the Line Camp.  The Roughlock Resort is still accommodating guests at the Runnin’ Iron Inn; most recently visiting was a Corvette car club, and then a motorcycle club.  Soon, decorations for the holidays will begin appearing, the Christmas tree to be adorned with handmade porcelain ornaments.  Need a place for the office or family holiday party, give Bobby Jane and Jerrod a call to arrange a date.

I mentioned food, so best to get to the enticing descriptions.  To start off our meals was a colorful salad of greens, tomato, black olives, red onion, green bell pepper, cucumber, croutons and house made dressings.  Sounds like a meal in itself!  Next came Bob’s famous garlic toast and cowboy beans (each servings in its own little pot).  While they can be eaten separately, I enjoy doing the British style beans on toast; oh so yummy!  Poor Bobby Jane tried to take my little pot of beans away before I was totally finished, and got the Cokenour glare.  Of course who doesn’t remember Bob’s joke about the beans, “Each batch only has 239 beans in it.  Know why?  Otherwise, it’d been 2-farty!”.

The salmon grilled on a cedar plank has been changed up; no longer with maple syrup and pecans.  Now it is lightly seasoned with lemon pepper and salt, allowing the full flavor of the salmon to shine through.  

One of the newest items on the menu is a grilled pork tenderloin, lightly seasoned again, with the taste of the grill enhancing, not covering up.  The pork was moist and flavorful all throughout its full two inches of thickness.  Baked red skinned potatoes, serves with sour cream and parsley, was our choice and they were perfect!  Don’t fret potato lovers, Bob’s Roughlock potatoes are still an option.

The food served at the Line Camp is locally sourced from Blue Mountain Meats; quality is always before quantity.  If the product doesn’t meet expected standards, off the menu it comes.  The wait staff are very friendly, knowledgeable on the menu items and aim to please.

Looking round at diners who had wandered in, or were staying at the Inn, all seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere and the food.  Several of the women, and yes, me included, wandered outside to watch the antics of the outdoor felines, or even play with them ourselves.  We laughed and said what adorable kitties they were, while the men stayed inside and just shook their heads at us.  Bobby Jane shared a childhood memory of when she was a child.  Whenever she was out walking about, all the family cats would follow her in a line.  Her mother, Jane, could always find her, just by following the last cat in the line.

Well, the Roughlock Resort/Runnin’ Iron Inn/Line Camp Steakhouse are still alive and doing well; whether a weary, hungry traveler looking for a soft bed and a hearty meal.  Or just one of the locals wanting to reminisce while enjoying an Elk tenderloin (another new menu item), enjoyment will be found at the Line Camp Steakhouse.

Mary Cokenour