Rural Missouri - July 2013 - (Page 18)
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by Heather Berry
hen Kenton Dittmer’s wife,
Annette, said she wanted to
open a restaurant, he promised
that he’d build her one.
“From now on, I’m going to be more cautious about what I promise,” says Kenton.
The Higginsville couple’s foray into the
world of restaurant ownership was a bit
unique compared to others. In 2001, they
bought a local liquor store and bait shop. “We
kept talking about having a restaurant,” says
Annette. “Seven years later, Kenton built the
restaurant onto the store, and we opened the
Patrons probably ﬁnd the Red Shanty’s
décor a bit eclectic, but it only adds to the
experience. As you step through the front door
of the inconspicuous red
To watch a video featuring
from the ceilRed Shanty, click this button
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old signs and
photo by Kile Brewer
every wall space, while liquor bottles neatly
Kenton and Annette Dittmer invite you to their Higginsville cafe for a meal that will keep you coming back for more.
When you walk to your table, the charm of
the Red Shanty really begins to show. Recycled
barn wood adorns the walls, ﬂoors and ceilings, and old wooden windows hang on the
wall for decoration. You’ll ﬁnd the inside is
charming. But if the weather is nice, ask to
sit outside on the covered deck, where chalkboards colorfully list current features.
There’s an unhurried, homey feeling here,
and you’ll want to sit back, take your time and
including the Bodega salad, with lettuce, seasonal
sandwich and the chicken BLT. Or try the pulled
enjoy the meal you’re about to order.
fruit, feta cheese and creamy vinaigrette dressing
pork or beef brisket wraps. Be sure to get a side of
“As a family, we’ve always liked meal time and
(sautéed, smoked chicken is optional).
MC’s meaty, smoked pit beans.
cooking,” says Annette, who was once a home
There are weekly specials, such as scrumptious
Locals love the Frog Pollard, named after a
economics teacher. “Kenton has always said I’d
Mac Daddy, a rich macaroni and cheese dish with
character who’s long since passed, but rememrather cook for 25 than ﬁve, and it’s true.”
four cheeses, ham, sweet peas and diced tomabered from the days he cooked at a local diner.
The husband-and-wife team says it took time
toes. There’s usually a specialty salad and a main
“It’s a smoked sausage sandwich with pickles
for customers to get comfortable with coming
dish, such as Kenton’s smoked pork loin chop
and mayonnaise,” says Kenton. “It’s really good.
through the front door of a liquor store and bait
with the Red Shanty’s own barbecue glaze.
Everybody should try it sometime.”
shop to get to the restaurant.
Kenton handles the smoking side of the
While the menu is loaded with meat options,
“People started realizing we were more restaumenu, and he’s generous when it comes to the
it also boasts six regular entrée-sized salads,
rant than liquor store,” Kenton says.
pork loins, cutting them 1-3/4 to
Those who enter the Red Shanty’s
2-inches thick. While they’re a favorite,
doors won’t be disappointed. The
other items outrank them.
ﬁrst thing you’ll notice is the smoky
“Pulled pork is probably the No. 1
aroma — which might make choices
seller, with brisket and ribs neck and
Specialties: Smoked burgers, thick•
difﬁcult, since barbecue options make
neck after that,” says Kenton.
cut smoked pork loin chops, barbecue Higginsville
up nearly half of the diverse menu.
No room for dessert? Order a piece
ribs, beef brisket wraps, homemade
For starters, you might want to
to go — you’ll be glad you did. At last
order one of the 99 wines, beers or
count, Annette had 40 options. She
cocktails the restaurant offers should
offers six each week.
you choose to imbibe. And order a
Fourteen types of pie, nine cakes
Prices: Entrées from $5.99 to $41.99
basket of fresh, homestyle potato
and cheesecakes, nine different bread
for a combo meal. Cash, Visa and Mastercard accepted.
chips for which the café is known.
puddings and eight versions of Ooey
Unless you’re with a crowd, you’ll be
Gooey Butter Cake make up the curDetails: Closed Sunday and Monday. Open Tuesday
boxing up extras to take home.
rent list of possibles.
through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday,
If you’re in sandwich mood, try
“Our desserts are so popular we’re
one of the ﬁve specialty burgers — and
considering mail-order,” says the West
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Seats 60 inside; 50 outside. Private parthese aren’t just any burgers. The Red
Central Electric Cooperative member.
ty space and catering available. Reservations for 8 or more.
Shanty uses its own smoked, ground
The couple knows they’re a bit off
chuck to make the half-pounders.
the beaten path, but they feel Red
Address: 2201 Highway 13 in Higginsville.
Other sandwiches include beef brisket,
Shanty is well worth the drive.
“The Trinity” (smoked beef brisket,
“Any featured meal by my wife is
Contact: 660-584-2204; www.redshantycafe.com.
pulled pork and the Red Shanty’s own
gonna be good — you can’t go wrong,”
smoked sausage), a smoked chicken
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2013
Rural Missouri - July 2013
That old-time religion
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
Keep it cool
On the banks of Bull Shoals
Rural Missouri - July 2013