Feeling a little rumbly in your tumbly? As a family-owned business, we like to eat at locally-owned spots. We mostly head to Joplin to eat, but Galena, Riverton, & Baxter Springs have some quick bites, as well. We have only included our favorites on this list - Old Riverton Post- approved!
Quick Bites on Kansas Route 66
Delis & Diners:
The Old Riverton Store· 7109 KS-66, Riverton· A historical marker on Route 66. The sandwiches are fresh & made-to-order. It's a fun place to stop in, especially if you are a Route 66 buff.
Sweet Creek Diner & Bakery· 300 W 7th St, Galena· A quintessential small town American diner that serves comfort food favorites for both breakfast & lunch.
Red Onion Expressoria· 1619 Rte 66, Galena· Right outside of Galena going towards Joplin. It has a great versatile menu i.e sandwiches, salads and pasta. (Kind of like a McAlister's, but locally-owned with specialty items). Breakfast is also available. Closed on Sundays.
Bricks & Brews Woodfire Grill & Pubᐧ1124 Military Ave, Baxter Springs, KSᐧ Located in a building circa 1900 on Route 66, this auto parts store turned pizza joint features some of the best woodfire pizza around! Grab a craft beer on tap, catch some live music, & sit back and relax!
Mi Torritos Mexican Restaurant ᐧ418 S Main St, Galena, KSᐧ Order the Queso Fundido!
El Chilangos Mexican Market y Mas ᐧ1124 Military Ave, Baxter Springs, KSᐧ Looking for some unique & delicious Mexican drinks & treats? I crave their fresas y plátanos con crema (strawberries and bananas with cream!)
Pulled Pork Pancakes, The Bruncheonette
Cheeseburger & Fries, Social btb
Heading East to Missouri Route 66
The Bruncheonette·424 N Main St, Joplin, MO ·A great brunch spot on North Main in Joplin. Super creative & authentic menu. Last time I was there, I ordered their Pulled Pork Pancakes. So good! *Tip: Go early! Seating is limited, and there is usually a line. They open at 9:00 am.
Woody's Woodfire Pizza·831 W. 7th St, Joplin, MO ·A pizzaria & bar on Missouri Route 66 that looks like a hole in the wall, but has great pizza! Was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. We like "The Mutha" and "The Greek." Good selection of craft beers, as well.
Hackett’s Hot Wings & Sports Roomᐧ524 S Joplin Avenue Joplin, MO· Featuring Memphis-style hot wings (& 13 unique flavors) located in the historic district of downtown Joplin. Other menu items include catfish, pork-chop sandwiches, hushpuppies, fried okra, corn nuggets and homemade desserts.
Social btb ٜ· 1027 S Main St Joplin, MO ᐧ Located in the historic Gryphon building, this burger, tenders & beer joint offers table games for a social atmosphere. Casual dining with large selection of craft beers. Stop by Caroline’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop before leaving the Gryphon building. Old time ice cream shop with great selection of ice cream & candies! Very fun atmosphere!
Club 609· 609 S Main St, Joplin, MO · Casual fine dining with a fun atmosphere for adults. Delicious food, funky art, great happy hour prices.
Wilder’s Steakhouse· 1216 S Main St, Joplin, MO·For the best steak in the area and an excellent mid-century dinner atmosphere, we suggest Wilder’s. It's a Missouri Rt 66 favorite, and it is our #1 choice for a nice dinner out!