The tantalizing smells wafting from the smoker raise diners’ hopes for great meals at Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn Restaurant. Happily, the food lives up to the high expectations.
The quaint restaurant is in a charming remodeled barn and only open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Owners Linda and Bob Ard know how to create a modern country ambience and how to cook well. The chicken, ribs, brisket and sausages here are slow-smoked and served family-style (most meats run $8.50 to $20 for a two-serving portion). Sides include comfort-food favorites like buttered sweet corn, almond green beans and broccoli cole slaw ($2.50 to $4 for a two-serving portion). Single-order meals range from steak and stuffed spuds to Tin Plate Specials ($6.50) like chopped brisket on a bun and smoked chicken pasta. Whatever you order, you won't leave hungry. Nor will you want to skip dessert. The homemade carrot cake, brownies and Platte River mud pie are all fantastic.
After dinner, it's fun to take a look around the gift shop full of Nebraska-made jewelry, home decor and wines. The Ards also operate a lovely on-site inn.