Cowley County has many fantastic dining options to choose from, but they often are overlooked.

To highlight some of the dining options in the county, Cowley First, the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, has teamed up with five restaurants in Cowley County for a fun summer promotion, “Back-Road Dining in Cowley County.”

Since July 16, punch cards have been available at each of the five participating restaurants. The promotion will conclude Oct. 16 with a random drawing for a $25 dining gift certificate.

Those wishing to participate in the Back-Road Dining promotion are asked to dine at all five participating restaurants, where they can receive a punch card. After eating at all five establishments, the completed card will be entered into a free drawing. Anyone may complete the Back-Road Dining circuit more than once.

The Back-Road restaurants are excited to be kicking off the summer promotion and welcome everyone to their dining establishments. All of them are known for home-style cooking and crowd-pleasing favorites.

  • Lil’ Red Rooster, 323 Main St., in Atlanta, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. With 13 different burgers to choose from, a person is bound to find a new favorite. Breakfast items such as Belgium waffles and dinnertime options such as ribs, fish and shrimp, and chicken-fried steaks are common. Historical pictures of Atlanta grace the interior walls and a mural of the Caboose Museum is proudly displayed outside. Call (620) 394-2022 for more information.
  • Gabby’s Café, 421 W. Fifth St., in Burden, is located along U.S. 160. It is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and all day Saturday. In addition to a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, home-cooked daily specials and pies offer lots of options. Call (620) 438-2880 for more information.
  • The Sassy Lady Antiques and Tea Room, 503 Elm St., in Burden, offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy a fresh baked cinnamon roll or baked goods in addition to traditional breakfast offerings. Daily lunch and dinner specials, such as bierocks and specialty sandwiches with homemade sides and desserts, will delight taste buds. Private parties are welcome. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Call (620) 438-2040 for more information.
  • Grouse Valley Grill and Catering, 501 North K-15, in Dexter is a local favorite. Known for hearty breakfasts and amazing hand-pattied hamburgers, paired with a side, Grouse Valley Grill is a must-stop while visiting Henry’s Candy Factory. Operated by Randy and Wanda since 2010, the grill is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (620) 876-5617 for more information or any catering needs.
  • Along U.S. 77 in Rock is the Solid Rock Café, 301 S. Winfield St. Celebrating two years in business, Solid Rock has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, including the Solid Rock Burger, a combination of beef, pork, cheddar and bacon. The full menu is served from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. During the summer, the café also is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Steaks are served Friday night and rotating specials, including fried catfish, pork loin and lasagna, are featured Saturday night. Call (620) 986-5500 for more information.

If traveling a great distance to dine at one of these cafés, it is recommended to call ahead of time to confirm their hours, particularly during holiday weekends.

While traveling the back roads of Cowley County, enjoy the many roadside attractions, the county’s 18 stone-arch bridges or the 100-plus barn quilts that decorate the countryside. Information and maps of many county attractions can be found at

Questions regarding Back-Road Dining in Cowley County can be directed to Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094, or by email to