Out to lunch with Joe: H&D Chuckwagon

REED CITY — Situated just on the outskirts of Reed City, H&D Chuckwagon is a cozy little local restaurant I decided to venture to on Saturday afternoon.

Upon typing in the address in my GPS, I was dumbfounded to see that it was, almost quite literally, located just around the bend from my apartment complex. 

Pulling into the parking lot, I got that almost guilty feeling that I’ve had a few times since this series began a few months ago.

Having driven past H&D Chuckwagon numerous times on my way to or from Evart without even knowing it. 

It’s like: how many fabulous meals have I missed out on, you know?


First of all, it’s typically a wise idea to check the hours of the establishment you plan on eating at before you make your way to said establishment.

That way, you won’t arrive 40 minutes before the kitchen shuts down for the afternoon, and you won’t be confused as to why you’re suddenly the only one in the dining room.

The menu was fairly complete and featured quite a few traditional breakfast and lunch items.

On that particular afternoon, for whatever reason, I had an intense hankering for some quality chicken, and this place certainly did not disappoint by any means.

The tenders were served with a dish of green beans and, obviously, fries from France.

What really caught my attention was near the bottom of the lunch page of the menu in the list of sauces one could order.

Typically I only go for the barbecue sauce for dipping, but there was another substance that caught my attention and surprised me greatly.

Drumroll please: salsa.

Yes, that’s right, I said salsa.

I’m not sure why, but I simply could not get past the randomness of it and I knew I had to order it to go along with my tenders and fries. 

To be completely honest, I highly doubt the salsa was intended for the chicken tenders and fries but, I have to tell you, I was thoroughly pleased with the unique flavor mixture.
Call me a weirdo if you want, I’ve been called far worse on numerous occasions, but that’s a story for another day.

Everything about the meal was fantastic, and the chicken tenders would have been just as delicious with or without the salsa.

Seriously though, give it a try sometime.

20221 US-10, Reed City

​​Tuesday-Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(231) 832-3983