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D&D Smokehouse the new place to be in Mabel

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
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Dee and Darrell Peterson will soon be expanding their restaurant in a new location. Photo by Jade Sexton

Since September, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a new place to hang out and eat great food. D&D Smokehouse, owned and operated by Darrell and Dee Peterson, are excited about their new adventure and the changes coming up in the future.

Darrell, a welder by trade, does all of the cooking at the restaurant, and the menu is quite varied. Not only can you get a burger and fries or a pizza, but there are also a number of sandwiches, wraps, soups, and even the very popular quesadilla. Homemade desserts are served as well.

“Everything is as homemade as possible,” said Darrell.

Darrell and Dee opened up the restaurant on Steam Engine Days weekend, and are surprised at how busy they have been since then.

Darrell grew up in Mabel, and has always been into cooking. “It’s my hidden passion, I guess you could say,” he shared. It started with some salsa, and evolved into a catering business the couple had for about five years.

D&D Smokehouse is a cute little restaurant that is open Friday nights from 4-9, Saturdays from 3-9, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with breakfast being served all day. The chalkboard wall is full of menu items, but that is not all they have to offer. According to Dee, if they have the ingredients on hand, they will be happy to make anything you ask for.

The restaurant has been popular for kids in town to eat after games, and Dee said they have stayed open later to accommodate them. They love that people are coming to gather in Mabel instead of other towns in the area.

“The kids love our milkshakes,” added Darrell.

Although the restaurant is only a few months old, there are already big changes in store. The Petersons have recently purchased the building that was once Sue’s Coffee Shop, along with the building next to it where Cruisers was located.

“It will be a lot bigger when we are done,” said Darrell.

The plan is to expand the restaurant to be larger, and to possibly put in a patio area for the warmer months. They currently do not sell alcohol, and are not sure if they ever will, as things are going fine without it.

“If we ever did a bar, it would be separate from everything else,” noted Dee.

Another thing that Darrell would like to do is build a smoker where he can either cold smoke or hot smoke meat. One of the big item menus is brisket, and Darrell loves barbecue. Every burger is a half-pound of beef, and one popular choice is the Goop Burger, made with fried onions, peppers, mushrooms, and Thousand Island dressing.

This spring, the hours will change, as they will be open an hour later. Right now, the Petersons are enjoying the restaurant, and are appreciative of the support the community has given them. The possibilities for growing and bringing more people to Mabel for good food are endless.

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