When we began researching our road trip in America, my husband started to look at the roads we would travel on using Google Maps. We had decided not to use the main highways in favour of the Tioga Pass, which meant driving through a little town called Beatty. After a bit more digging, we found a little place called Happy Burro Chili and Beer. They had won all sorts of awards for their famous chili, so we decided to check them out on our way to Mammoth Lakes.
The sun was blazing, and the fellas were sat in the outdoor bar, drinking from chilled jam jar tankards. Happy Burro is a wonderfully laid back affair with some of the friendliest people in the world. I don't think they get many people from Bolton in these parts. In fact, I don't think they get many people full stop! The lady who ran the bar showed us round then off she trot to source some of that famous chili we had heard so much about.
In the mean time we had a chat with one of the chaps who had been drinking outside. He had (what was surely an award winning) white handlebar moustache but informed us that he normally had a full beard in the winter. He was a champion gun slinger, and there was a painting of him in all his gear on the wall of Happy Burro. You couldn't make this up.
The chili itself is served with grated cheese and red onion in polystyrene cups. It's red, thick and has enough heat without blowing your head off. Remember, you are in the Nevada desert so no extra heat is required... It was bloody gorgeous!
Now then. The facilities. I'm fairly confident I will never see this again in my lifetime. They are so proud of these toilets, they gave us a tour when we got there. And yes, the flusher is on the handlebar...
|They like guns...|
|Some of the awards they have won for their chili|
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