Cafe On The Route RE-OPENED in Baxter Springs, KS

Cafe On The Route RE-OPENED

 December 22, 2008  25 Comments  25684 views





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  1. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Stopped in during our Rte 66 trip...the food was great .... unique and different and very tasty... Amy the owner came out and spoke with us, and signed our Diners and Dives book...and the waitress was very helpful in giving us ideas of the good food, and what was good...... I believe anything ordered would be so
    delicious.. and the prices were great too..
  2. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    I stopped by for dinner on my Route 66 road trip recently. I had e-mailed them that I was going to have a meal with them and they actually e-mailed me back! Amy, the owner, came out and sat with me and we hit it off immediately. So nice! The waitress (sorry, I can't remember her name) was attentive and engaging. I loved the old building with its history. I chose the Chicken Azteca with Fried Potato Salad. Awesome! The flavors were like none I've ever had. As Guy would say, it was 'Crazy'! When I asked Amy where I could stay in town overnight, she said "Here...we have a Bed & Breakfast". I was so excited. She took me upstairs of this old 1900's building and the room was delightful...clean and had everything I needed. Amy and husband Richard have done a remarkable job of restoring this landmark building. The topper was the next morning...Richard prepared breakfast for me and what a feast it was!! Eggs cooked perfectly, ham, potatoes, fruit, roll, butter, juice and coffee...Unbelievable and delicious! I can only say I was completely overwhelmed by my entire experience and only wish I lived closer to Baxter Springs than I do. Amy and Richard, thank you for making my Route 66 adventure especially nice during my stop in Baxter Springs!!!
  3. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Stopped for lunch while motorcycling on Rt 66. Great food, fast service & friendly staff. I'm not big on potato salad, but this signature dished "ROCKED". Look forward to a return trip some day.
  4. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    I ate there about two years agi on a route 66 trip. The town was very quaint, and the staff at the restaurant were very friendly.  Nice atmosphere inside.  I got the smoked salmon and it was pretty good but totally over smoked. I heard better things about the pecan chicken from other people at the table
  5. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Very depressing. As soon as you step in you are hit with awful smells of what I believe to be is the rotting carpet. It's so dark with dirt you can see a distinct difference where the "clean" spots are.  Despite every part of my body telling me walk out of this place it's one of the few on DD&D that is within a decent driving range.  The food took forever to come out and there were only a handful of people in there. The waitress was awful  It was not of quality for the price it cost.  Will not be going back.
  6. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Enjoyed the old building and the big band music, But I can't say the same for the food. My husband had the "slattery chicken" and I had the "main street chicken." Both dishes were over cooked and the chicken was dry and tough. My husband ordered a baked patato which came plain. Even though it is a small place and wasn't overly busy, it took awhile to get the waitresses attention so he could get some butter and sour cream. We won't be back.
  7. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    This was one of the best discoveries we made while traveling Route 66.   This place has it all.  Charm, great service and excellent food.   We had a hard time deciding what to order so we all ordered something different so we could taste everything.   I had the Chicken Salad.  I think it was the best I have ever eaten (and I am picky)!!   Can't wait to get back on the Route and stop at this Cafe.!!
  8. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We recently tried this Cafe and will certainly be back. We went for lunch after a hike in the area & the food as well as the service was amazing. As a group of four we sampled four different sandwiches an appetizer & two soups. All were amazing with particular kudos going to the Smoked Turkey on Pretzel Bread & the Sweet Potato dip. The soups were both outstanding and we were split on which was the best. The Fried Potato Salad is a must try side dish, those who didn't get it wished they had. We will absolutely make the 80 mile drive to return & may visit the nearby Casino as well!
  9. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We recently went to Kansas to try out this restaurant. Unfortunately we did not have a positive food experience. We loved the historical aspect of the diner (Route 66, Jesse James, etc.). However, the food left plently to be desired. The Aztec chicken looked nothing like  the dish that appeared on the episode and was less than satisfying. All three of our meals were a disappointment since we love the show and had been eagerly waiting to try a restaurant that had been featured. On a positive note, the wait staff was very friendly and welcoming.
  10. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We drove from Minnesota to southern Missouri for a spring break trip. We watch triple d and found the cafe on route in Baxter Kansas. It took us out of our way by 100 miles round trip. It was worth every mile. The food and service was exceptional and prices very reasonable,. My son had Orange Roughy for the first time and he loved it I had Aztec chicken and fried potato salad, my wife had the cat fish. These folks know how to keep people coming back.
  11. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Guess we went the wrong day was there on Sun 12:45 had buffet only no other service was not what we expected would not go again. Everything was fried or BAR-B-Q Price $9.00 buffet, drink ,desert. The buffet had a green salad ,Pasta salad green beans 4 different kinds of meat mashed potatoes and gravy    the desert was strawberry shortcake maybe it had one whole strawberry on the whole thing was very poor  I guess for $9.00 that is what you have to expect Just very disappointed no fried potato salad as was the reason we went there in the first place.  Would not return.
  12. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    making our third visit to this cozy fabulous cafe today, a belated valentine celebration! cannot wait...
  13. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We made this our destination on a Saturday for lunch...what a great decision! WOW! Actually, triple WOW!! Every single thing we put in our mouth was beyond delicious and the service was just outstanding! Who would think that a corn muffin could be so different and memorable! The pecan chicken was to die for and that fried potato salad divine. Don't spend time thinking about dining here...just do it!
  14. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Well after talkin about this place forever, my wife and I finally went to Cafe on the Route and we are asking ourselves why we waited so long to go.  All I can say ithis place is fantastic. The food is great, the staff is wonderful, and that fried potato salad is just killer good.  We definitely recomend this place and we will surely be repeat customers.  We belong to a motorcycle riding group out of Tulsa and the group is planning a weekend lunch ride to Cafe on the Route in the near future.  All I can say is if you haven't been there, GO ! ! !  its worth the drive. Gary & Ima Jean, Adair, OK
  15. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    this place was DE-licious! the menu was amazing and we couldn't decide what to order! everything looked so good! i had the ham melt with fried potato salad.  it was HUGE...a ham steak double decker sandwich. mom had the chicken salad sandwich and it was HUGE! not your ordinary chicken salad, it had chunks of white chicken meat. dad had the buffalo chicken sandwich with shoestring fries. those where delicious.  and the best part was the fried cheesecake. if you eat here, you have to save room for the fried cheesecake.  good food, big portions, great service, low prices, and a neat location.  a must go if you're in the area
  16. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Wow! This place is wonderful. The fried potato salad tastes like nothing I've ever had before. Yum! Funny thing.... I've lived just ten miles up Route 66 for 35 years. Driven right by many many times. Only after seeing DDD & then visiting the web site do I find out about it. What else am I missing?
  17. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Stopped enroute to Oklahoma. Food was spectacular. You will not find food this good, priced this low anywhere in the USA. We are stopping on the return trip home even though it is out of our way. The owner and the staff are very friendly, super nice people. DO NOT miss this place. The best of the D's,DI's, and Dives we have tried. 
  18. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We stopped there on the way to the Ozarks for an anniversary trip. Without a doubt, it was the best food and the best price we've seen. We actually even cut our trip short so that we could stop there AGAIN for Sunday brunch on the way home! We're already planning a return trip just to eat there again and again!
  19. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    I live in London, England and love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so when I was back in the States visiting my family and knew that I was going to be in Southern MO, I just had to visit Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs, KS. The food was wonderful! I had the nut-breaded catfish with the tobacco onions and the bunella cheesecake - it was cruchy and delicious! My dad had the grilled salmon and fried potato salad and my mom had the chicken salad sandwich and the blackberry cobbler for desert and they raved about their choices. The atmosphere was nice and Amy was so friendly - it made the whole visit worthwhile. Next time I'm back across the pond and find myself in Kansas, I'll definitely make it a point to stop back by for some of the best food I've ever had and I'll tell all my friends to forget the coasts and go to the Midwest for some 'off the hook' food!!
  20. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We stopped here on our trip down Rt 66 Great food great price, Don't forget to try the fried potato salad it's to die for!!!!!  GREAT place Great people!!!!! A+
  21. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    We had a few days off & decided on a road trip. I suggested camping in SW Missouri, & cruising over here for a meal. Teresa found the B & B over the Cafe online, so that it was. We were blown away with the menu choices & great food!!! I almost decided on a steak, but went with Bleu Pork (new on menu) and it was a great choice. Teresa had Aztec Chicken, and was glad she did. Enjoyed the stay overnight, breakfast was great also. Enjoyed conversation with our waiters, and visiting with the friendly maintenance man, however the owner seemed a little distracted at check in/out of the B & B. We are planning another trip, this time on the motorcycle!!!
  22. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    I can't say enough about this place. OMG!! The food was the best I've eaten in a VERY long time.  We stopped there on the way back from Washington DC to San Antonio and was well worth the detour.  It was the 4th Triple D place we stopped at on this trip and was by far the best! All four of us had different dishes and we kept eating off each others plates. I can't even say what was the best dish, but the twice baked potato was to die for!! Definitely will be back to try more from the very diverse menu.
  23. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Good?  Just good??  Give me a break - this place is fantastic.  We stopped for lunch and liked it so well we stayed the night just so we could have supper.  The Aztec Chicken was worth it all by itself.  And that fried potato salad?  Let's see... next time through Kansas we'll be heading south from Colorado to Dallas... yeah, only a couple hundred miles out of our way.  Well worth it for some of the best food we've ever eaten.   Five stars only because I can't choose more.
  24. Anonymous
    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Worth the trip. Everything was fried but good. Get the "tobacco onions" and try the fried potato salad.


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