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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2013 06 Pitchfork Fondue Page 1

Road-Trip Food: Pitchfork Steak Fondue (Medora, North Dakota)

Meat on a really big fork. When driving through the Badlands, this is a must-stop spot for chow.

By Debi Lander

Medora, North Dakota is known as the home of President and Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt, the northern Badlands, and something called Pitchfork Steak Fondue. Local families and tourists flock to this unique summertime dining experience.

Cowboy cooks spear steaks on pitchforks and thrust them into vats of hot oil. It's quite an operation to watch, but don't get too close.

You may feel as if you are in prison when handed your partitioned metal meal tray, but trust me, the food is delicious. Select your sides from the buffet--baked beans, baked potatoes, veggies, coleslaw, Texas toast, and fresh fruit--then let the cowboys slap a perfectly done medium-rare steak on your tray. Lemonade and coffee are included; wine and beer are extra.

The activity begins around six o'clock each evening in a hilltop pavilion set