Famed for its central location in the days of the Wild West, Dodge City was once a hotbed of violence and gambling. About a decade after its official founding in 1872, the city renounced its gun slinging cowboys, Mexican bullfighters, and brothel owners, and became a sleepy Kansas town. Despite that, it has continued to hang onto one of its claims to fame, cattle ranching. Steak lovers rejoice, here are 10 great options for your next meal in Dodge City.
Founded in 1996, Mike Casey established his local restaurant as a leading location for great steaks in Dodge City. Casey’s Cowtown Club specializes in locally sourced Kansas beef steaks and other classic American cuisine. Kansas is a frontrunner in the United States’ national beef production, and this restaurant’s simple steaks are a testament to the state’s cattle ranchers. The design of the old-school restaurant will instantly take you back to the days of the old West. Try the Santa Fe steak, which is lean ground beef topped with melted cheese and sautéed vegetables, or the Dodge City Strip, made with beef raised and cooked in Dodge City.
From the street, it’s an unassuming restaurant, but Kate’s is exactly what you expect to find in Dodge City, a no-frills place with good home cooking, a refreshing cold beer, and friendly service. The bar and grill is a favorite among locals and passing travelers alike. Once inside Kate’s, enjoy a relaxed lunch in the company of welcoming locals and staff that make your table feel like family. Kate’s is known for its juicy burgers, often called the best in the city, and its delicious burritos and tacos.
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Try one of Central Station’s three unique venues for a mix of food and fun. Dine in the warm and cozy full service restaurant and bar for a delicious dinner, watch a game at the lively sports bar, or head out to the dance floor on a Friday or Saturday night. The train-themed restaurant even offers dining in a vintage train’s dining car and fabulous food is made in the mesquite grill.
Located on Dodge City’s Mariah Hills Golf Course, Prime on the Nine is an upscale restaurant serving the finest local beef and hand-cut steaks. Chef Ryan Emery, a native Texan, enjoys cooking traditional Southern dishes with a modern flare, like a generous slab of chicken fried steak served with creamy jalapeño gravy. The huge floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course set the scene for a beautiful meal. Try a seafood dish like Emery’s take on shrimp and grits, sautéed shrimp served on gouda grit patties with spinach and almond butter on top.
Saigon Café’s authentic Vietnamese food will please any palate looking to take a break from Dodge City’s love affair with steak. The pho noodles, vegetables, and meat served in a bowl of broth, is rich and flavorful, and the egg rolls are perfectly crispy and warm. The great lunch spot tends to be packed with people, but the service is efficient. Try the pork barbecued Vietnamese-style or the beef salad served with rice and garlic soup. Saigon Café is an establishment that is loved by the community in Dodge City.
For a refreshing and wholesome lunch, try a house-made soup, salad, or sandwich at 2nd Ave. Lunch Co. The menu changes daily to incorporate fresh, seasonal produce. The café has great service and the food will leave you feeling full without overindulging. Daily specials include options like spinach artichoke grilled cheese, green chili corn chowder, hearty turkey and noodle soup, or a very veggie salad (a salad made up of every vegetable in the kitchen). Grab a drink from the infused water and tea bar, and after eating, head upstairs to shop at Boot Hill Antiques.
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There is no better place in Dodge City for Sushi than Osaki. The Japanese cuisine is offered at great prices and service is quick and friendly. For starters, try the lobster rangoon, fresh salad with ginger dressing, or the warm miso soup. Follow your appetizers with an order of freshly prepared sushi, a hibachi combo, or a bento meal. Osaki’s restaurant was recently renovated and has an inviting atmosphere, but the food is also served to go.
Dine in the Dodge House Hotel for a white tablecloth dining experience in a saloon-style restaurant, fitting for the cowboy capital. Classic American food is served at bargain prices at the hotel restaurant. Try one of the tender, 21-day-aged steaks or the brisket sandwich. The friendly staff help make this classy restaurant your quiet getaway for the evening. For guests staying in the hotel, a hot breakfast buffet is provided free every morning.
Established in 2006, the chefs at Sarocha’s serve authentic, delicious Thai cuisine. Try the expertly made dishes, like the spicy basil noodles or the hot and sour soup. The curries, red, green, massaman, and more, are the best in the area. Although the restaurant is humbly decorated inside, the freshly prepared food transforms the restaurant into an incredible dining experience. Reasonable prices and generous portions served in a friendly environment. For an even better deal, try Sarocha’s at lunch for the lunchtime specials.
Catch the next big game with dinner at Bad Habit Sports Bar & Grill. The local hangout is a casual dining spot offering classic bar snacks like cheese sticks, wings and more. The main course options, like burgers, ribeye, and sandwiches, are perfect for eating at halftime. Don’t stop by Bad Habit unless you’re prepared for loud TVs and a rowdy crowd. If that’s your style, grab a beer and join in on the fun.