Located in a historic structure that has been lovingly restored by the owner. This is the most upscale dining spot in Fort Scott. It is a bit unusual as it is part of the Liberty Theater set up. It is only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is a good idea to make reservations. This is because the menu is constantly changed depending on what is available.
The fair is American with some Italian influence. Good place for a steak. It is not a real vegetarian place. But if you call ahead when you make your reservation they make a good effort to accommodate you. I say this because Barbara is a vegi and they were very helpful.
The room is warm and friendly not too crowded and lends it's self well to conversation. It makes for a nice evening. There is a nice coffee shop across the street to catch an after dinner coffee.
Favorite Dish: The meat dishes are consistently good. and the salads have been very nice.
No visit to fort Scott is complete without a stop at the Dog House. Their motto is "Bad Art Good Food" and they are not kidding. Some of the items that they produce are hands down the best restaurant food in town.
Now do not be put off when you pull up. It is housed inside in a repourposed building and shares the space with a Mazzio's Pizza. As you walk in the door the Dog House is on your left and the Pizza place is on your right,
Order from the friendly staff at the counter. The seating is intermixed so just go with the flow.
The staff is motivated and friendly. If you wish to make a change to your item ask. They are super helpful and creative. Not your cookie cutter kind of place. The regular menu is on the wall in colored marker.
This is the kind of place that you just have to trust that it is going to be good. Because it is Great! Did I say that I like this place?
Very casual, quick and easy going.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the pork tacos with verde sauce or any taco. The fries are good and the hot dogs are also very good. They will load them as you wish.
Barbara is a vegetarian and they make some special vegi-tacos for her. They have been welcoming and very helpful and creative about this. If you are a vegetarian you know how rare that is in Middle America. These vegi-tacos are hands down the BEST Vegetarian in Fort Scott.
I usually get about 3 tacos and that makes a good meal and at $1.50 each it is a bargain.
This friendly local pub is housed in one of our historic structures. One of the owners is almost always there working. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. There is always a game on and the seating is uncrowded and plentiful. The staff is friendly and efficient. The menu is classic American pub/bar fare. Not fancy but good and filling.
They have a good selection of beers.
Just a comfortable place to catch a bite and a beer with friends.
Favorite Dish: Sometimes we stop in here for a burger and fries. The salads are not half bad. Barbara Like the fish and chips on Fridays.
Right in the heart of the historic downtown you will find a very friendly and relaxing place to have a bit of coffee and something light to eat. The Common Ground coffee shop is relaxing and pleasant. They have made great use of one of our historic buildings.
They have wifi which is nice when you are traveling. They serve pastries and light lunch items in addition to drinks.
This is a non-profit started by local youth group so they could have a coffee house in their town. So stop in and take a break while supporting a great addition to Fort Scott.
Favorite Dish: The coffee is the best in town. They use good coffee and are well trained with good equipment.
UPDATE: The Restaurant is now closed. The event venue is still available. The Contact Info Is still the same.
Located in the Historic Downtown this is a great treat for such a small town. The building is a lovingly restored Ford Dealership, from when they were in real buildings. The space is open and airy with huge windows. In the evening they use lighting and spacing to create intimacy.
The service is even and very competent. We never feel rushed and they a willing to meet requests when possible.
The food is well prepared on site with local ingredients when available. The range is broad from pasta to high quality meat. They have a full bar. It makes a pleasant stop for a drink and an appetizer. There is a very nice space available upstairs for large group events.
Favorite Dish: I have had the Penne Arrabiata and the Spaghetti Puttanesca. They were both satisfying and well prepared. The portions were huge. I enjoyed the garlic potatoes. The salads and appetizers are also imaginative. They change many items seasonally.
This locally owned place is just what the doctor ordered if you need a little meat to eat. Out side looks rough but inside it is clean and fun. You step up to the counter to order and the food is brought to your table.
There is a wide selection of items from ribs and sandwiches to burnt ends. There is a good selection of well made sides. There was a good selection longneck bottles of beer in a big tub of ice.
The service is consistent and friendly. It is not fancy because that is how BBQ is supposed to be. It is not too pricey. Because of the expensive meat good BBQ can be very expensive. I would rate the prices as very fair for BBQ.
This is a very nice place to get a good lunch or informal dinner with a very friendly atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: The sweet potato fries are very good. All the meat dishes I have had have been very good. I like burnt ends a lot so I guess they get the nod but I know that these are not every ones cup of tea.
You should be able to find something no matter what kind of BBQ you like. They have 3 kinds of sauce on the table from spicy to sweet.
Max’s is one of those fast disappearing locally owned and run cafes.
My Grand Dad always looked for the place where the most pick up trucks were parked in order find the place he wanted to eat. In Fort Scott That would be Max’s
It is not fancy. The prices are fair and the menu is classic American café. It is local and friendly. I say give it a shot.
Favorite Dish: I usually have breakfast. You know pancakes, eggs that kind of stuff. Endless coffee
Cafes like this one are becoming increasingly rare. So common is small town America for over a century and now as rare as a Spotted Owl. A great thing crushed by the juggernaut of fast food.
Locally owned and run. The staff is happy, efficient and helpful. There is a counter over looking the grill and a newly added dining area in the back. The owners are making a real effort to provide good value and a comfortable place.
Now do not get me wrong this is not high cuisine. It is hearty working mans fare. The prices are low and the portions at American in size. I have ALWAYS had good service and the staff is slow to turn over. I take this as a sign that the owner is good to work for.
It is walking distance from any place in the downtown area. So if you want a good value and a great small town America experience hit the Nu Grille.
Favorite Dish: They usually have a good selection of pies. The onion rings and curly fries are good. They make pretty good burgers and breakfast. Look for the board some times the special is a good deal.
The idea of walking into this place at first bothered me. I thought it may be a bit of a rough type place. Once inside, I noticed the proprietor and he was good old country boy. He also knew how to cook up barbecue. Inside was a trip to the past, with old time pictures and placards. The place is littered with neat stuff of old time and memorabilia.
Favorite Dish: The ribs were very good and they were country ribs. But we had sandwiches also, which the pork was great.
I can't remember the name of this place. It is a little bbq place on the main street in down town Fort Scott about 2 blocks from the old fort. It was called Smoke shack or Smoke house or some thing like that. It is the only bbq place I saw so if you see a bbq place near the fort that is probably the one. It is a little place that is not very fancy but has great sandwiches. I had an excellent smoked brisket sandwich there.