4 Places To Stuff Your Face on Route 66 in Pulaski County USA!

Route 66 and great food go together like two peas in a pod. “Roadies” yearn for the heyday of the Mother Road when Mom & Pop diners dished out platters of handmade deliciousness to hungry and road weary travelers- and still seek out these hidden gems along the route.

We have picked out four of our favorite places to stuff our faces along the Mother Road on Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66. Grab your road trip buddies and bring along your taste buds!

Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ Pit, 21050 Teardrop Road, Devils Elbow

For many, the Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ Pit needs no introduction. This joint is known all around the world and dates back to the early 1930’s when it was opened as the Munger- Moss Sandwich Shop. During your meal here you might come across diners who rode in for bike night, have kayaked the Big Piney and stopped in for a PBR, or Japanese tourists- maybe even a film crew. One thing that you can always count on at “The Elbow” is amazing wood smoked BBQ served up with laughter floating around the room. It’s very hard to have a bad time at this roadhouse!


Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ Pit, Devils Elbow. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.


Jitters Eatery & Drinkery, 948 Old Route 66, Saint Robert

In many places across the United States it would seem odd to find a hidden gem that has both authentic Korean bulgogi and fresh burgers with perfectly cooked fries and an ice cold beer. Luckily, that isn’t the case in Saint Robert, MO, thanks to the international influences that Fort Leonard Wood has brought to the area. If Guy Fieri ever discovers Jitters he would proclaim it as “off the hook”!

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert. Photo provided by Jitters.

Hoppers Pub, 318 Historic 66 East, Waynesville

Across from the historic Route 66 courthouse, Hoppers has become an anticipated stop for Czech Route 66 Association (Česká asociace Route 66) as they travel across Missouri’s Route 66. Hoppers is most famous for their selection of 66 beers on tap- including the house favorite, Frog Drool IPA. Don’t overlook the food menu though. Their burgers are a best seller. The Jam Burger features Hoppers very own signature sweet and spicy jam that turns the flavor knob up to 10!

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville. Photo provided by Hoppers Pub.

Nona’s Kitchen, 103 North Benton Street, Waynesville

The newest location on our list has been a popular stop on the road before Missouri State Highway 14 was designated as Route 66. Nona’s Kitchen is housed in the iconic Rigsby House which was the living quarters for the Rigsby family who owned and operated Rigsby’s Standard Service Station. The home has been lovingly converted into Nona’s Kitchen, complete with an outdoor patio where the gasoline pumps once stood. Chef Julie creates comfort food fit for a king in her kitchen. The menu varies by the month but normally includes plates of stick to your ribs favorites like meatloaf, steak chili, smoked pork loin- even bangers and mash. If Nona’s Kitchen had been serving in the 1960’s it surely would have been Tod and Buz’s favorite place for home cooking in the Ozarks!

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Nona’s Kitchen in Waynesville. Photo via Get Your Pics On Route 66 Facebook.


Ole Time Sweet Shoppe-Richland, MO

Ole Time Sweet Shoppe is permanently closed. 12/6/2016

Ole Time Sweet Shoppe
219 South Walnut Street
Richland, MO 65556

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Ole Time Sweet Shoppe is located at 219 South Walnut Street, Richland.

 219 South Walnut Street houses Richland, Missouri’s very own version of a matryoshka doll- a Russian nesting doll. In addition to housing unique and fascinating treasures as Penaroyal Antiques & Collectibles II, it is also home to Ole Time Sweet Shoppe. In turn, Ole Time Sweet Shoppe, in the style of a pop-up restaurant, offers hickory smoked BBQ the first Saturday of each month.

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The aroma of freshly made sweets invites you in!

The smell of freshly made sweets greets customers at the door and coaxes you over the threshold. Inside are four rooms of antiques- and the source of the delicious aroma- Ole Time Sweet Shoppe. The booths, reminiscent of a 50’s era diner, invite you to slip in and indulge your sweet tooth. Traditional homemade fudge, cookies, muffins, cinnamon rolls are all enticing, but what sets Ole Time Sweet Shoppe apart are their unique individual mini pies. Taking home a coconut cream pie is quickly becoming a tradition!


Don’t miss the pies at Ole Time Sweet Shoppe- especially the Coconut Cream!

Whether you are lucky enough to call Richland “home” or are exploring the Frisco Railroad boom towns, take time to be captivated by this combination of antiques and sweets!

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OTSS offers smokey barbecue the first Saturday of every month.

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Penaroyal Antiques & Collectibles original location is just doors away from Old Time Sweet Shoppe- at 107 South Walnut in Richland.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri, including our Antique & Sweet Trail, please visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

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Ole Time Sweet Shoppe is permanently closed. 12/6/2016

Cafe Korea – Authentic Korean Food in Pulaski County USA!

Photo provided by Cafe Korea

Looking for authentic and great tasting Korean Food?  Looking for a family-friendly place to hang out while you enjoy your meal?  Have we got a place for you!!  Café Korea in Saint Robert, MO not only has great food and a family friendly atmosphere; they offer free WiFi, FOX News during lunch, Pandora Internet radio during the afternoons and evenings and a movie on Friday nights!

Photo provided by Cafe Korea

The owners John and Chong opened Café Korea in November of 2010 to fulfill Chong’s lifelong dream of owning a restaurant! They offer authentic Korean and some Chinese cuisine, so take a break from cooking and let them treat your taste buds!

Cafe Korea’s “Must Try Menu Item” – Bulgogi Lunch Special
Photo provided by Cafe Korea

“We realize that folks are looking for good food at a decent price; that is what we strive to offer.”

Café Korea
839 VFW Circle
Saint Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-3232
Monday-Friday: 10am-8pm
The are not open on the weekends because they still have young children and want to spend quality family time with them (Insert “Awwwww” here)

Until next time!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau