Jane Goodall has visited Funk. "Wild Kingdom" has visited Funk, and so have other notables. Why? because just a few miles north/northeast of town lies the Funk Lagoon, and each spring these waters are visited by tens of thousands of migrating waterfowl. In March and early April you might see Pelicans, Snow geese, Ducks of many varieties, and so on. It is one of the greatest concentrations of migrating birds in North America. If you are coming from the Kearney or I-80 area, as a bonus, you may also see Sandhill Cranes near the Platte River.
Regarding the photo: Sorry, I wasn't there in early spring so there were no birds to photograph. Plus, in May 2005 there was no water either. My guess is that, due to the continuing drought, they stopped pumping water into the lagoon after the birds migrated on north. I understand that the water is present in the spring and fall, but in the summer is allowed to dry up so the plants can be used for nesting purposes.
THIS OUT-OF-THE-WAY restaurant is something of a legend around here. Give it a try.
This is what "Rural Living" has to say about it: "Did you ever go to a “country” steakhouse in the city? Often as not, they’re in a shopping mall, going by names like “Sodbuster” or “Country Cousin” and distinguished by their weathered barn wood paneling and props like galvanized washtubs and pitchforks. The wait staff is often decked out in red and white checked gingham. On the menu, you find dishes like the Field Hand and the Hungry Farmer Platter, but when they arrive, it’s too often canned corn and instant mashed potatoes with wallpaper-paste gravy, accompanying something most Nebraskans wouldn’t dignify with a word like “steak”.
Now let us tell you about a real country steakhouse.
hours: 5 - 9 Tues thru Sunday. closed on Mondays
In the first place, it’s hard to imagine a more country location. Hidden among the cornfields between Wilcox and Holdrege, the Speak-Easy Restaurant is housed in the last building standing in Sacramento, a town built on the now-defunct Polyline Railroad line. The original brick building was built in 1884 to serve as a general store and a post office in Sacramento, which it did proudly until Sacramento died when the railroad line was sold to the Burlington Northern, the rails torn up and hauled away.
Today, the Speak-Easy does have a rustic weathered-wood entrance, but that’s where the similarity to an urban “country” restaurant ends."
Favorite Dish: Butterfly Shrimp dinner with a salad and mashed potatoes that are not made out of a box! Imagine that!