Local Restaurants

Looking for a good place to eat on your next visit?  Miami County is full of rich flavors, new foods and downhome cooking—fit for a foodie.  

For hours and contact information for each location, check out the map of tourism sites.

Barbecue
The BBQ Shack—Paola
Opened in 2006, this restaurant was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and is also one of the youngest restaurants to make the KansasTravel.org list of “Unique Kansas Restaurants,” opening in 2006.  Try the smoked meat or the Jubal Foster’s Corn Nuggets. Choose from five different levels of heat in the outstanding chicken wing sauce, such as Sweet Fire and Pit Boss.

Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q—Hillsdale 
Selected as a Southern Living Magazine’s Best Barbecue Sauce nationwide, this historic treasure has served up pulled pork smoked in 100% hickory in the historic red brick State Bank building in Hillsdale since 1989.  The old bank was built in 1906, operating continuously until the Depression and still has many of the original features, including the tin ceiling and bank vault. 

An authentic railroad caboose and outdoor patio provide additional seating.

K&M Bar-B-Q—Spring Hill
What started out as a hobby for owners Ken and Michelle, serving BBQ sandwiches at fairs and festivals grew into a full-service restaurant that now seats 230 people.  Known for generous portions and reasonable prices, K&M Bar-B-Q serves homemade Italian sausage, beef brisket and baked beans studded with burnt ends.  Try the fan favorite, the Killer Combo, with three meats piled high on a show-stopping sandwich.

We B Smokin’—Paola 
This little gem is located at the Miami County Airport, where you can watch the planes take off and land while enjoying the sweet smoked BBQ.  President Obama famously visited in 2011 on his trip to Miami County.  This is an ideal spot for a burger, full slab of ribs, burnt ends platter, or an overflowing bowl of We B Beans.,
Steaks
Beethoven’s #9—Paola
In addition to the finest German food in the Midwest, Executive Chef Linzi Weilert serves up a great steak. Diners can also make their choice from a wide selection of German beers and foodie favorites, such as schnitzel, sauerbraten, rouladen, knockwurst and spaetzle.  Try the German sausage sampler appetizer to sample all the famous flavors.

Emery’s Steakhouse—Paola
Simply great burgers, steaks, seafood and American fare.  Menu regularly includes reasonably priced KC strip steaks, sirloin, boiled shrimp and chicken fried steak.  Great for kids and families.  Small town dining at its finest.

Timbercreek Grill—Louisburg 
Live musical entertainment, DJ and karaoke make Timbercreek a fun destination.  This little hot spot offers daily specials on food and drinks.  Check out the steaks, rib dinners and catfish dinners served with generous portions of French fries, salad and vegetables.
National Favorites
In addition to Miami County’s unique offerings, several national favorites are available for a meal away from home:
  • Applebee’s - Paola
  • Arby’s - Paola
  • Burger King - Louisburg and Paola
  • Dairy Queen - Paola
  • Gambino’s - Spring Hill
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell - Paola
  • McDonalds - Paola and Louisburg
  • Pizza Hut - Paola, Spring Hill, Osawatomie and Louisburg
  • Simple Simon’s - Paola
  • Sonic - Louisburg, Osawatomie, Paola and Spring Hill.
  • Subway - Louisburg, Paola and Spring Hill
Homemade Favorites
Cafè Latte - Paola
In addition to serving your favorite specialty coffee drinks, they also serve a tasty lunch, including soup, sandwiches and more. Open Tuesday - Saturday, start your morning with Roasterie brand coffee and freshly baked goods like muffins, scones, and cinnamon rolls.

Chris’ Café - Osawatomie 
Owner Chris Cooley serves  good old-fashioned, hometown favorites for breakfast, such as fluffy pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and even a baked egg soufflé.  For lunch, you’ll find chili, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and her famous cherry pie.  A perfect spot for brunch.  

Molly’s Table - Paola 
Sophisticated versions of comfort foods—for a quiet breakfast or lunch in cozy surroundings.  Try their delicious wine pairings with the gourmet lunch selections.  Founded in 2004 by Donna Nagle, this unique location offers “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” with bacon and avocado, and “French Toast Bake” a new take on bread pudding with maple syrup and whipped cream.  

Rocker’s Pharmacy Soda Fountain - Paola
Take a step back in time at the only soda fountain in Miami County. The soda fountain, located on Baptiste Drive, serves old-fashioned drinks including phosphates, milkshakes, and their famous “brown cows”. Other treats and specialty candies are available, too.

Asian
Chen’s Buffet - Paola 
Dine-in and carry out buffet.  Tons of choices cooked in the Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese styles.  Reasonable lunch specials, such as Kung Pao Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, and Sweet and Sour Shrimp. 

Mulan’s Chinese – Osawatomie
Authentic Chinese cuisine. Dine-in or carryout. Buffet is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Rice House - Louisburg 
Part of a locally owned chain, Rice House provides full-service dining, catering, and banquet facilities.  All items are prepared from the freshest ingredients by innovative chefs, who will cook dishes to order for you and your family.  Try the House Tray appetizer for two, with Fantail Shrimp, Cho Cho Beef, Crab Rangoon, and Spare Ribs. 
 
Spring of China - Paola
Authentic Chinese food for carry-out or dine-in.  Excellent daily specials.  A number of unique chef’s specialties, such as Dragon & Phoenix, Sesame Shrimp, and Frog’s Legs, as well as sushi rolls and traditional Chinese dishes.

Taste of China - Spring Hill
Big portions of Chinese food classics.  Excellent combination platters like Sweet & Sour Chicken, Roast Pork Lo Mein, and Moo Goo Gai Pan come with steaming hot pork fried rice and an egg roll.  Huge menu with tons of choices including Chow Mai Fun, Lo Mein, Moo Shu, and even kids' meals.

Mexican
Casa Grande - Paola 
Family friendly, authentic Mexican restaurant that is perfect for a sit-down meal with both indoor and patio seating.  Fun frozen drinks and large portions.  Enjoy the taste of Mexico in small-town Paola.  For a hearty appetite, try the El Grande Burrito.

El Potro Mexican Café - Paola 
This local chain cooks up heaping Mexican classics with a unique, local twist.  Try the popular Chimichanga La Gloria, Missouri Burrito, or KU Burrito.  Regular food and drink specials. 
 
La Hacienda - Osawatomie
The food at La Hacienda is cooked from old family recipes handed down from the heart of historic Guanajuato, in central Mexico.  Everything is prepared in house—including all of the sauces.  Enjoy live music weekly.  Entrees include Pollo Flameado, Baha Fish Tacos, and the Puffy Taco Dinner.

La Mesa Mexican Restaurant - Louisburg
Fabulous fajitas, seafood specialties, and mouthwatering margaritas dot the menu at La Mesa, a locally owned chain in the Kansas City, St. Joseph, and Omaha area.  Try the Grande Appetizer Platter, the Enchiladas Suizas, or the Mango Fish, made with tilapia and fresh mango salsa.  

Family Favorites
The Café - Osawatomie
The Café offers home-style meals, seven days a week. Adjacent to the Landmark Hotel, The Café also offers a great breakfast selection.

Circle C Café - Paola 
Traditional American fare served for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes burgers and sandwiches.  Try the smothered pork chop with heaps of mashed potatoes and veggies, or the open-faced pork tenderloin sandwich.  Kid-friendly.

Lucille’s - Louisburg 
A 1950s-style burger and shake joint with an authentic jukebox atmosphere.  Serves up burgers, homemade pies, fried chicken, and real Suzy Q’s.  For a family treat, try the excellent milkshakes, which bring to mind the restaurants of yesteryear.

Miss B’s Café - Louisburg 
Recently voted one of the “Best of Miami County” for the second year running.  This family owned “mom and pop” diner has larger-than-life cinnamon rolls, chicken fried chicken, bread pudding, and giant pancakes.  Don’t miss the Sunday brunch buffet.

Spudley’s Family Restaurant - Paola 
The Paola original where the potato rules.  Opened in 2012, Spudley’s has already become a local favorite for its fast, home-cooked food, such as hand-molded charbroiled burgers, pressed sandwiches, flatbread pizza, and comforting soups, like ham and bean served with a cornbread muffin.  Check out the nightly specials and bar drinks.

Whistle Stop Café - Osawatomie 
Owned by a retired railroad engineer and his wife, this little gem is fully decked out in genuine railroad memorabilia, including a model train track in the ceiling, and tracks on the floor.  Try the Sweet Potato Stix or Fried Green Tomatoes.

Sports Bars
BB’s Grill—Spring Hill
Great food and a great atmosphere make BB’s Grill the perfect spot to watch the game—or just to grab a pick-me-up.  Hand breaded pork tenderloins, pot roast slammers, and crispy bacon wrapped shrimp round out the menu of salads and country fried steak.  Dine-in or take it home.

Sidelines Sports Grill – Louisburg
Burgers and sliders lead off the menu at Sideline’s. A local hangout for watching your favorite sports, the specials keep families coming back. 

Tailgator’s – Osawatomie
Great steaks, chicken strips, and fries. Work on your shot at one of the pool tables. Special bands are brought in on weekends throughout the year.
Locally- Made Foods
Did you know that Miami County produces a wide variety of foods you can’t get anywhere else? Try these hometown favorites on your next trip:

Louisburg Apple Cider
The Louisburg Cider Mill uses a traditional cider-making method that dates back 2,000 years to produce the best quality apple cider and sparkling cider, with apples from local growers along the Missouri river.  Visit the working Apple Cider Mill to see the magic in action.

Lost Trail Rootbeer
While you’re at the Louisburg Cider Mill, check out Lost Trail Rootbeer, micro brewed by Tom and Shelly Schierman using the original formula discovered by Joe Marshall, Shelly’s great-great grandfather.  Featured on the Food Network show “Unwrapped.” 

Poppin Joe’s Gourmet Kettle Corn
Old-fashioned, homemade, gourmet kettle corn that’s always fresh, in flavors like Cinnamon, Cheese and Karamel.  Joe’s was originally launched in 2005 by Joe, a young adult with DS-ASD and his dad, Ray.  This outstanding kettle corn is now available at select local Walmarts, fairs and craft shows.

Rabbit Creek Gourmet Products
Owner Donna Cook founded Rabbit Creek to capture the flavors of old-fashioned cooking—and mix them with designer style.  Her 350 different gourmet mixes include dips, soups, quick breads, beer spreads, brownies and scone mixes, plus a wide assortment of holiday gift items.

BBQ Sauces
Looking for a good jar of local, home-style barbeque sauce?  Take home a bottle from any of our Miami County favorites, including:  We B Smokin’, The BBQ Shack, K&M Bar-B-Q, or Hillsdale Bank Bar B-Q, which was selected as a Southern Living Magazine’s Best Barbecue Sauce nationwide.  Your family will love the unique flavors!
Food on the Go
With all of the ways for families to spend time outdoors, sometimes it is easiest to grab a picnic meal on the go. 

Queen’s Price Chopper - Paola and Spring Hill
An easy stop for lunch pick-ups, or snacks for your daytrip.  You’ll find Tippin’s pies, fresh baked baguettes, premium deli meats and cheeses.  These two locations also feature a full pharmacy, floral department, and bakery with fresh-baked KC Pride cookies, such as Chocolate Chunk and Oatmeal Raisin.  

McKeever’s Price Chopper - Louisburg
Pick up a family dinner of KC Pride BBQ with Reeser’s Homestyle Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad from the deli, which works well for tailgating or just a quick bite.  A wide choice of fresh meats, including hand-cut KC Pride Beef and KC Pride Chicken.  Floral department, custom cakes, party trays, and catering also available at this location.

Moon’s Hometown Market IGA - Osawatomie
Operating 50+ years in the community, offering a large selection of groceries, seasonal produce, dairy items, frozen foods, and fresh meat perfect for your next picnic.  The bakery also offers fresh breads, rolls, and muffins.  You can even do parcel pickup or carryout service to your car.