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Where to Eat During Chief Wapello Days July 13, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Events, Small Town Life, Wapello.

This time of year I get a lot of visitors to my blog who are looking for information about Chief Wapello Days. Assuming many of you are from out of town here is the low-down on places to eat.

Non-Profit Fundraisers

  • The Wapello FFA will be serving burgers, walking tacos, and the like on the rodeo grounds Friday and Saturday night.
  • Saturday morning the Kiwanis Club will serve pancakes and sausage downtown from 7:30 until 9:30. You’ll find us on the north end of the business district. Proceeds go to scholarships and local projects that benefit the kids of our community.
  • First United Methodist Church will be serving lunch after the parade until about 1:30. They’re located just north of Isett on Main Street.
  • Habitat for Humanity will be serving lunch at the Hotel Wapello near the corner of Isett and Main.


From north to south on US 61:

  • Stitches and Cream offers multiple flavors of soft serve. My family goes there for shakes and sundaes.
  • Casey’s has great donuts and breakfast pizza every morning along with good coffee that you can flavor to your own liking. Later in the morning they shift to pizza slices and finger food. Call ahead to order a whole pizza.
  • The Honey Hole makes a very good, sit-down breakfast. Try the mess or biscuits and gravy. They also serve lunch. If you like catfish it’s the place to go for lunch Friday. They’re on the north side of highway 61 across from the water tower. Seating is limited, but there is plenty of parking.
  • The Dairy Bar offers cones through a window or you can go inside for burgers and pie. President Obama stopped there for ice cream while campaigning. He left with a smile.
  • Country Cafe is your average small-town cafe. You can get breakfast or a hot lunch. The cafe has the largest seating capacity and the smallest parking lot.
  • Jack and Jill serves eggs and pancakes for breakfast and a hot lunch.


  • Johnnie B’s is the best restaurant in town, the only one with a liquor license, and the only place for a steak dinner. Lunches are very reasonable. You’ll find them on the river at the end of Isett. There is additional parking north of the restaurant. They close at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
  • I haven’t been there yet, but I hear that the Meat Market and Deli is a good place to get breakfast or a light lunch. You’ll find them on 2nd Street at the north end of the business district.

Where do I go? If I have time, I usually go to the Honey Hole for breakfast, but I encourage you to come by the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. For lunch or dinner I generally choose Johnnie B’s, but Saturday I’ll be having lunch with the Methodists or Habitat for Humanity.



1. Wapello Warbler - May 28, 2011

There have been some changes in the restaurant line-up since this was posted. The Family Restaurant and Sub Station have closed. The Dairy Bar is being converted to a pizza parlor. Casey’s now has subs and wraps in addition to the other items mentioned.

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