Oases of the Great American Desert

Oases of the Great American Desert

The homogenization of American popular culture, including popular culinary tastes, makes life bland. That's one good reason to celebrate the watering holes and provisioning points of the Great Plains of North America. These are local outposts of regional culture, dispensing beverages, food, and community, bolstering the sense of place.
Oases of Saskatchewan

Jack's, Eastend

Oases of North Dakota

Corner Cafe, Buffalo

Walhalla Inn

West Side Drive In, Grafton

The Chieftain, Carrington

Pastime, Hettinger

Pastime, Marmarth

Ranch House, Fullerton

Rock'n Rodney's, Luverne

Hanson House, Devil's Lake

Georgia's and the Owl, Amidon

Isan's Pizza, Hankinson

Fried's Family Restaurant, Mandan

Stage Stop Saloon, Mandan

Final Go-Round, Mott

Wood House, Bismarck

L & M Meats, Grand Forks

The Kegs, Grand Forks

Wild Rice Bar, Fargo

Red Baron, Casselton

Pastime, Hettinger

Tommy Turtle Lanes, Bottineau

Oases of Minnesota

Willie's, Dilworth

Hi-Ho, Dilworth

Oases of Manitoba

Alycia's, Winnipeg

Bridge Drive In, Winnipeg

VJ Drive-Inn, Winnipeg

Oases of New Mexico

El Toro, Tucumcari

Regional Chains

Braum's
Hideaway
Runza
Burger Time
Sonic

Mail Order Suppliers

Scott's Thriftway
Pat's Beef Jerky

The other reason, of course, is that when you travel the Great American Desert, you get thirsty and hungry and sometimes just lonesome. People need to know where to go for food and drink.

The places on this page have the Plains FolkTM seal of approval for upholding the cultural traditions of the plains (things like substantial fare, ethnic tradition, open-handed hospitality) and for just doing a good job provisioning the prairies. They'd appreciate your custom.


Open-face kolaches, Village Bakery, View TX

Your comments about establishments here listed, as well as suggestions of places that ought to be listed, are welcome!

These pages, by the way, are maintained as a public service by Tom Isern and Plains FolkTM enterprises. Nobody pays for listing. Now and then I get a free hamburger.

Oases of South Dakota

Casey's, Chamberlain

Calico's, Mound City

Corner Bar, Camp Crook

The Chateau, Ft. Pierre

The Zesto, Pierre

Scotty's Drive-In, Aberdeen

Nick's Hamburger Shop, Brookings

Oases of Oklahoma

Jump's Roller Inn, Fairfax

Bue Moon, Ponca City

Dixie Dog, Ponca City

Ballard's Drive In, Paul's Valley

Punkin's BBQ, Paul's Valley

Original Fried Pies, Turner Falls

Eischen's Bar, Okarche

Oases of Kansas

Kingfisher Inn, Marion

La Siesta, Topeka

Cozy Inn, Salina

Green Door, Arkansas City

North Star, Topeka

Achor Inn, Hutchinson

Guy & Mae's, Williamsburg

Lupe's Carry-Out, Newton

Hays House, Topeka

North Star, Topeka

Seabrook Tavern, Topeka

Porubsky's Grocery, Topeka

Guy & Mae's, Williamsburg

Hays House, Council Grove

Kuntz Drive-In, Abilene

Lupe's Carry-Out, Newton

Al's Chickenette, Hays

Oases of Texas

El Azteca, Austin

Village Bakery, View

Cattlemen's Steakhouse, Fort Worth

Zeke's Fish & Chips, Fort Worth

El Fenix, Fort Worth

Kincaid's Hamburgers, Fort Worth