Becky’s Best Biker Bars and Cafes Central Nebraska
Grand Island is the real start of the Sandhills Tour. Take Exit 312 off I-80 and head north into town. As you approach Conestoga mall, there’s a Phillips 66 station on the left that has premium gas.
Continue north on 281 and take the exit to the right for Highway 2. Turn left and head west on Highway 2.
El Jalapenos Mexican Grill. 2418 N Webb Rd. Grand Island. 68801Very good mexican food. Their Chili Rellenos is worth a try.
Cairo, Nebraska. This is the first stop on Highway 2 heading west out of Grand Island—The Watering Hole. Just off Highway 2 in downtown. This has a warm and inviting interior and has been a favorite of bikers for some time. They feature a long happy hour that starts before noon and goes past 5pm.
They offer a wide variety of specialty mixed drinks, most notably the Bloody Mary. They have a variety of base mixes, depending on whether you like it hot or not. Want pickle juice? Sure, they do that and a lot more.
They also have good food. Their burgers and hand formed from real beef and grilled like a steak. The buns are nicely buttered and toasted and burgers include crinkle fries. Nice plate.
Arthur, Nebraska. The only town on the 71 mile stretch of highway 61 from Hyannis down to Lake McConneghy. The Bunkhouse bar is simply amazing. Their special the day we ate was fresh sliced pineapple, fried pork chop, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and a dessert. Holy moly, these people feed cattle hands and a table of six, right out of central casting, sat down to eat. They took off their hats, laid them out neatly top down and they were wearing chaps. They’d been working the cattle and were dressed for the occasion. Ranching is far more than turning cattle loose to graze on the lush grass of the Sandhills.
Elyria, Nebraska. Just about 6 miles south of Bassett, is the Elyria Bar.
I got the large burger, with no bun. This was extremely flavorful and juicy. It’s ground sirloin, not just low bidder dead cow. The population is under 200, but this little place makes it worth the stop. Friendly people, great food and cold beverages.
Highway 2 where to get premium gas
Grand Island has a Phillips 66 station across from Conestoga Mall on highway 281
Broken Bow, 80 miles west, has a Sinclair with premium
Thedford, 67 miles west of Broken Bow, has a Sinclair with premium
Hyannis, 63 miles west of Thedford, has a Sinclair with premium and it’s only another 50 miles west to get to Alliance, which has lots of fuel.