Lauri Sturdivant is interested in how our friends and families gather around a table sharing meals and telling stories. In this column she shares recipes and stories from people in Siskiyou County, and restaurant reviews from her travels. Read full interviews, find recipes and reviews at TheBillPlate.com

Axe and Rose Public House is the casual dining restaurant of the McCloud Hotel with an eclectic menu and full bar. The Public House is located in the former lumber mill mess hall at the north end of Main St. in the historical lumber town of McCloud. The building was built in the 1890s by Mother McCloud as the McCloud River Lumber Company was called, along with the mill and company houses for the workers and their families. Sage Restaurant is the fine dining restaurant located within the hotel offers a fine dining experience. The menus for both eateries have been created by Chef Lonnie Henson.

At my first visit to Axe and Rose Public House I ordered the Bahn Mi sandwich served on a soft roll with shredded pork with special spices, sesame mayonnaise, cucumber, pickle daikon, carrot and fresh jalapeno with a side of fries. The sandwich was full of Vietnamese flavors, spicy, crispy, salty and creamy.

On another visit my granddaughter and I ordered the chicken bruschetta sandwich, that our waitress said was a popular item. The sandwich was served on a soft roll with tomatoes, basil leaves, arugula, red onion, mayo and gruyere. The chicken was grilled adding even more flavor. I can see why it’s a favorite. I cut my chicken and remade it in a way that I could have that perfect bread to chicken ratio in every bite, otherwise there would have been too much bread.

Carly ordered the grilled cheese sandwich and creamy tomato soup. The sandwich is made with three cheeses melted on buttermilk bread. The sandwich was small, but very cheesy. The tomato soup had that tomato forward acid flavor you would find in any can.

Other menu items I look forward to trying the chicken and waffle, a bison burger and homemade berry or peach pies. For the vegetarians they have the wild mushroom flatbread and a veggie burger. The appetizer menu offers street corn on the cob, Brussel sprouts with wasabi, cauliflower with truffle oil and garlic fries.

When I lived in McCloud in the 90s we used to eat breakfast at the Dance Hall which was also used a dance hall for weekly square dances, ballroom dances and lessons. Axe and Rose has filled the floor to ceiling stacked logs space with wooden live-edge tables and metal chairs giving the space a warm, yet clean modern industrial feeling. There is also outdoor and bar seating with several flat screens hanging above the back bar.

Our server was friendly and knowledgeable answering all our questions about the beer and wine selections and details about the foods. Unfortunately, we got lost in the shift change vortex. I had to hunt down the bill. The new server apologized, but it was still a drag.

Axe and Rose Public House is a family friendly casual dining eatery with a full bar and seating on the patio located at 424 Main St, McCloud. They are open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. For more information visit their website mccloudhotel.com