Overall, this is easily the best restaurant in town. The food is varied, plentiful, and tasty. The people who work there are all very nice and eager to please. The prices are very reasonable.
The ambience is simple, but pleasant. Chinese music playing in the background, weird Chinese symbols and posters on the walls, interesting lamps hanging over the tables.... It isn't a high-class restaurant, but it is quite satisfactory.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish from this restaurant is the Black Pepper Chicken. It consists of bite-sized pieces of chicken and chopped celery that is sprinkled with black pepper. It doesn't taste spicy at all, despite the pepper. The celery gives it a pleasant texture and contributes a fresh taste to it, the chicken makes it filling and delicious, and the pepper really brings out the flavor of the chicken.
Many migrant Mexican workers, after years of hard work and savings, have settled permanently in Kansas to open restaurants. Often these restaurants can be found in old diners, drive throughs and roadside cafes, just an indication of the ever-changing cultural landscape in these parts.
El Pueblito is one such authentic Mexican eatery, in what once was Independence's Sirloin Stockade restaurant.
Favorite Dish: It's all good and the choice is huge: bean burritos, crunchy tacos, zesty salsa, gooey guacamole, warm quesadillas, spicy enchiladas, the works! Vegetarians are well catered for as you'd expect.
You'll get a friendly welcome and fast service, plus the booths are clean and cozy.
Uncle Jack's is a Restaurant and Bar that specializes in standard American and Southwestern Dishes. Steak, Chicken and Pasta are staples. Some fish is also available - it is rarely fresh, however. Fresh fish is rare anywhere in SE Kansas unless it's catfish and Uncle Jack's doesn't serve that (thank gawd!). A great place to hang out and meet the local movers and shakers.
Favorite Dish: The 9 oz. sirloin with marinaded vegetables and a baked potato. GREAT bread and house salad, too. I'm just a meat and potatoes kinda gal, what can I say?