Pot roast, salads and sandwiches are sure to please

Archibald's `farm fresh' fare and pioneer past a tasty blend Rating: * * * 1/2

Archibald's, 100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, 566-6940. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sundays. Takes personal checks and all major credit cards. Consider Archibald's, a family-owned-and-operated shop located in the now more-challenging-to-locate (since closure of the 7200 South exit) West Jordan neighborhood.

Great Uncle Archibald Gardner propped his flour mill and granary in the lowlands site long before I-15 ever appeared as a deposit in the bank accounts of construction crews. Gardner recognized the convenient crossroads spot and launched another successful pioneer enterprise to support his multitude of wives and children.Nancy Long discovered the dilapidated mill and, in 1980, opened the partially restored space as a country furniture and gift shop. Work continued after Long married Chris Christenson in 1983, and by 1990, the pair finally posted the open invitation to dine at Archibald's.

Early arrivals are seated in the main floor silo room, handsomely crafted with booths honoring each of Gardner's polygamous wives. Other dining spots sit adjacent to the former mill itself, which sports wall decor of scythes, sickles, rakes, combs and other historic farm implements. A shaft of grain gives the illusion of continued silo storage to authenticate the pioneer mill legacy.

Archibald's legendary favorites boast that "fresh from the farm taste" and include Pot Roast with Pan Drippin' Gravy ($9.99), a slowly simmered brisket that crumbles to the fork and is smothered with vegetables, or the Country Fried Steak ($6.99), also buried in rich gravy, mashed spuds and veggies.

The diversified menus also hawk Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry ($7.99), a mildly flavored blend of crisp vegetables and an ample supply of chicken strips (though the larger pieces were not completely cooked), and the Seafood Proven-cale ($7.99), tagged as a heart-healthy entree, which arrived with light basil/garlic sauce, a bounty of rock shrimp and bay scallops.

Specialty salads like Fajita ($7.99) or Ginger Chicken ($7.99), and hefty sandwiches like the Club ($6.49) or the Blue Bacon Burger ($5.99) land atop a homemade sourdough bun and ooze with bacon and cheese fixin's.

Archibald might raise his eyebrows if he observed the contemporary condition of the former mill, but he'd likely smile at the straightforward, homespun practicality of the menu served at his namesake diner.