The doors by the way are made of Brazilian Purple Heart wood, a wood used in area hop kilns which are the processing plants where hops are prepared to use as flavorings in beer. For you gun enthusiasts out there: The photo on the left shows the door handles which are replicas of the Old West Cavalry single revolver with seven inch barrels. The two inside handles are models of an 1897 25 –32 caliber Winchester and a 1970’s model 32 caliber.
The walls are covered with murals that pay tribute to the Saloon’s name, Horse Heaven Hills. The name, by the way, is attributed to a Valley pioneer, James Gordon Kinney who in 1857 is said to have noted the knee-high grasses covering the rolling hills in the area and the large herds of feral horses grazing there. “Excellent forage and comparative isolation. . .This is surely a horse heaven!” he is credited with pronouncing.
Being a cat lover I had to include this one.
If the décor wasn’t enough reason to head here, the food is. And the menu describes it as a Western-themed gastro pub. The chef, Laurie Kennedy creates a variety of dishes that could include seared ahi to specially prepared chicken gizzards. While the full bar provides any type of adult beverage, you might want to try a Horse Heaven Hills Brewery beer handcrafted by Gary Vegar.
We were there at noon and decided to share a sandwich and each have ‘just’ a cup of soup. . .both were so large that we could have skipped one or the other but the food was so good we managed to eat it all without a bit of hesitation!
If you are in Central Washington, this eatery – now open for just under a year – is worth a visit.
Prosser is about a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle. The nearest airports are in the TriCities and Yakima.
Horse Heaven Hills Saloon
615 6th St. (Main Street in this small town)
Check their web site for hours and menu and some fun photos or find them on FB.
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