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RV Park Review: Black Bart’s in Flagstaff carries a fine tune

If you stay at Black Bart's RV Park in Flagstaff, Ariz., you might as well go all in. That means also going to Black Bart's Steakhouse and Musical Review.

Otherwise, Black Bart's RV Park is just another place to plug in. Without WiFi and cable.

First the good: Black Bart's has a kind of funky Old West thing going, with various RV rows named Annie Oakly among other gunslingers. Then there's black mustacioed Bart's logo on the general store and steakhouse.

But Bart's best characteristic is  the floor show they put on every night. Yes, this is a steakhouse with a floor show. The waiterstaff each takes turns singing for the diners.

I was hanging out in the bar having a beer when I heard a pretty darn good rendition of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide," performed with piano accompaniment.

"Who's singing?" I asked the bartender, a guy named Scott.

"It's one of the waiters," he said. "All of us take turns singing." I'll admit, I was charmed.

OK, onto the bad things about Black Bart's. The RV park has no WiFi. The showers were kind of dank and connected, somehow, to the restaurant. Don't ask me what the unsuspecting diners think about this -- I managed to escape from my shower before anyone came in.

The road and railroad noise was pronounced. The grounds are just off Interstate 40, and the sound was amplified in this location.

But, then again, when are you going to get the chance to hear waiters sing while you eat supper at an RV park?

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John Nelson is a freelance writer.