The fun dining promotion, “Back Road Dining in Cowley County,” is kicking off for the second summer in a row May 6.

Once again, the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership (Cowley First) has teamed up with five restaurants in Cowley County to offer a chance to win a $25 dining gift certificate.

Those who wish 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 they eat at all five establishments, their completed card will be entered into the free drawing. Participants may complete the Back Road Dining circuit more than once prior to the conclusion of the promotion on Sept. 10.

The Back Road Dining restaurants are excited to kick off the summer promotion and welcome you to their dining establishments. All are known for their homemade specialties, crowd-pleasing favorites and large variety of amazing food.

Lil’ Red Rooster

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Lil’ Red Rooster, located at 323 Main St. in Atlanta, has extended its operating hours and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

With 13 different burgers to choose from, a person is bound to find a new favorite. Breakfast items such as fresh, hot pancakes 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 displayed proudly outside.

Call (620) 394-2022 for more information.

Sassy Lady Café

The Sassy Lady Café, located at 503 Elm St. in Burden, offers a unique dining experience.

Enjoy a fresh baked cinnamon roll or baked good, in addition to traditional breakfast offerings.

Daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as bierocks and specialty sandwiches with homemade sides and desserts, will delight taste buds.

Friday night is always steak dinner night. Private parties are welcome.

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

Call (620) 438-2040 for more information.

Grouse Valley Grill

Grouse Valley Grill and Catering, located at 501 N. K-15 in Dexter, is a local favorite. Known for hearty breakfasts and amazing hand-pattied hamburgers, paired with a favorite side, Grouse Valley Grill is a must-stop while visiting Henry’s Candy Factory and the barn quilts.

Operated by Randy and Wanda since 2010, the grill is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Chicken-fried steak dinners are the Saturday night specialty. People also can call the grill for their catering needs.

Call (620) 876-5617 for more information.

Solid Rock Café

Along U.S. 77 in Rock is the Solid Rock Café, located at 301 S. Winfield St. Celebrating three-years in business, Solid Rock has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, including the Solid Rock Burger, a delicious combination of beef, pork, cheddar and bacon.

The full menu is served from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. During the summer, the café also is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Steaks are served on Friday nights and rotating specials, including fried catfish, pork loin and lasagna, are served on Saturday nights.

Call (620) 986-5500 for more information.

Tacos y Salsas Chihua’s

One of the newest restaurants in the area, Tacos y Salsas Chihua’s, is located at 121 E. First St. in Udall.

The newly added bar is a great addition to the dining experience at this locally owned dining establishment, which has received rave reviews for its authentic Mexican specialties, extensive menu options and daily specials. It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

If you are traveling a great distance or near the summer holidays to dine at one of these cafés, it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm their hours.

While traveling the back roads of the county, enjoy the many roadside attractions, the 17 stone-arch bridges, the 160-plus barn quilts that decorate the countryside or the Cowley State Fishing Lake waterfall.

Information and maps of the many county attractions and dining locations 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