Sammie’s Chuck Wagon proprietor Charles Zitting said his years eating on the road in construction educated him on what constituted good restaurant food and service. And he’s putting that knowledge to good use, at his recently opened restaurant at 115 East State St. in Orderville.

“My friend Saminia wanted to start a restaurant, and we thought this would be a good location,” said Zitting. Sammie’s Chuck Wagon has been open in Orderville since July 24 at its convenient location just before the bridge, across from Valley Elementary School.

Zitting said starting a business has been a challenge; plenty of hard work, yet enjoyable. But he said he’s enjoyed good community support of his tummy-endearing endeavor. Sammie’s has also received great guest reviews on Google and Trip Advisor.

You immediately feel welcome upon entering Sammie’s bright, clean interior. You are warmly greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed Espresso and tantalizing fresh baked pizza.

“We stayed at the Parkway Motel last night,” said Mackenzie Kuhudzaui, Lincoln, Neb. “We got a three topping pizza last night and it was awesome! In fact it was so good, I came back here this morning to get some coffee and breakfast sandwiches.”

Sammie’s specialties include Espresso Creek Coffee and Craigo’s Pizza. (From personal experience – the garlic chicken pizza was fabulous!)

The pizza can be eaten at Sammie’s, hot-to-go or take ‘n’ bake. You can choose 13” and 16” whole wheat or sourdough crusts, with a large variety of meat and/or vegetable toppings. You can select one of four specialty pizzas, or make it your choice with a custom pizza. They also offer a gluten free 10” pizza crust. Six different Pizza Bombs (calzones) are offered as well.

“All our dough is made fresh every day here,” said Zitting. “We use more expensive ingredients for a better quality product.”

But don’t stop at pizza! Sammie’s has an assortment of appetizers. Add one of several salads to your order. They are especially tasty with so many fresh ingredients. Future plans include adding a large salad bar and a drive-thru pick-up window.

If you still have room, try some of the assorted pastries made in-house daily. Poppyseed cake, anyone?

Breakfast is also served, with your choice of eggs and bacon or sausage on a croissant or English muffin.

They are adding items to the menu, so check it out first-hand!

Espresso Creek Coffee has been especially popular with restaurant patrons (as evidenced by the world map on the wall with hundreds of stickpins from where Sammie’s visitors have hailed). “Europeans especially complain that they do not like coffee in the U.S.,” said Zitting. “They love the Espresso.”

A variety of specialty drinks are on the menu. Among the numerous scrumptious offerings are the White Praline (caramel and white chocolate sauce with butter pecan), or the Macadamia Nut Cluster (macadamia, white chocolate and caramel). In addition, frozen yogurt, milkshakes and 100% crushed fruit Dr. Smoothie! can be purchased.

Zitting invites folks to come and give Sammie’s Chuck Wagon a try! “We want to take care of our customers. We will go the extra mile with more personal, one on one attention on your order!”

Winter hours are 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For take-out orders, please call 30 minutes ahead, 435-383-8700.