Eat­ing scones with ghosts at Les­lie’s Fam­ily Tree

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Amy Baird

When I hear “Les­lie’s Fam­ily Tree restau­rant,” I think of two things: scones and ghosts. The scones are legendary for their gar­gan­tuan size (and they are de­li­cious). The ghosts are le­git­i­mate. I didn’t take the time to go look­ing for them, but they have been fea­tured on “The Dead Files” and “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Chan­nel. If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the ghosts, you can book a Late Din­ner/Ghost Tour. So if you are look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent to do and are feel­ing brave, check it out. But back to the food, which was why I went there. Al­though I was tempted to get an “I Dined With a Ghost” shirt.

OK. The scones. De­li­cious. Light and airy with a nice crust. The real thing that sets these scones apart is the size. While we were wait­ing, I saw some­one pick up a cou­ple of scones to go. I’m think­ing one of those Sty­ro­foam to- go con­tain­ers with a cou­ple small scones. So the guy gets a big box like Costco gives you when you need some­thing to stack your items in. Hon­estly, the scones are the size of a loaf of French bread but wider. I don’t even know how they get a fryer big enough. The scones came out steam­ing hot with gen­er­ous por­tions of honey but­ter. So you have this hot, de­li­cious scone cov­ered in melted honey but­ter. It has a nice crust, and the in­side is soft and de­li­cious.

But Les­lie’s Fam­ily Tree is more than just scones and ghosts (al­though those are both ter­ri­bly ex­cit­ing). Les­lie’s Fam­ily Tree has real com­fort food: think chicken-fried steak, roast beef with mashed pota­toes, breaded hal­ibut and prime rib. When you or­der a din­ner, you get your choice of soup (made from scratch) or salad (with crazy-de­li­cious ranch), a potato dish (mashed, fried or baked) and a veg­etable.

So let’s be­gin. I or­dered the roast beef and mashed pota­toes. When­ever I try to make roast beef, it turns out tough and dry. Ev­ery time. This roast beef was ten­der and de­li­cious and cov­ered in a thick, rich gravy. I chose the mashed pota­toes, and they were creamy. It also came with a scoop of stuff­ing. Think Grandma’s house for din­ner com­fort but bet­ter.

Chicken-fried steak is not my thing. One time when I was young, I or­dered chicken-fried steak ex­pect­ing fried chicken. Haven’t re­ally re­cov­ered from that. But this chicken-fried steak was de­li­cious. It has a nice, crisp crust to it and the meat was well sea­soned and it paired nicely with the mashed pota­toes. It was cov­ered with that rich, de­li­cious gravy that I men­tioned be­fore.

I’m a sucker for good fish. The breaded hal­ibut was fresh and had a de­li­cious, crisp crust. They had a de­li­cious tar­tar sauce and fresh lemon for sea­son­ing. The prime rib sand­wich (Fri­day spe­cial) had sa­vory, thin-sliced prime rib on a fresh bun. Oh, the buns. They have fresh-made buns that are just de­li­cious. I also had a taste of the Ga­tor sand­wich with the roast beef, cheese and onions. Same bun. Same de­li­cious­ness. Both the prime rib sand­wich and the Ga­tor came with de­li­cious au jus for dip­ping. Yummy.

The soups are de­lec­ta­ble. As I men­tioned ear­lier, they are made from scratch and to­tally yummy. I had the beef and veg­etable soup. It had bits of roast beef, boiled pota­toes, cel­ery and a great broth. The other soup of the day was clam chow­der, which was creamy and de­li­cious with per­fectly cooked pota­toes. They also make their fries from scratch, and they are thick cut and yummy.

On the week­ends, you can en­joy live mu­sic with lo­cal tal­ent com­ing in to strum the gui­tar and play the har­mon­ica. If you’re look­ing for a place to host an event or party, they have ban­quet rooms that can fit 70 peo­ple. Big-screen TV’s make it a great place for par­ties to watch big NBA/ NFL games or “The Bachelor.” Plus you might get an un­ex­pected guest, as in not alive, as in a ghost. So if you’re look­ing for a thrill or just want a scone that is big­ger than a bread box, check out Les­lie’s Fam­ily Tree at 77 W. Main in San­taquin. Open Mon­days to Sun­days, check out hours on Face­book.

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