Homespun Hospitality and Down Home Good Eats at Coyote Joe’s
Cedar Hill, MO/April 16, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – If you drive out Hwy 30 through Jefferson County, you’ll come across the small town of Cedar Hill, tucked along the bank of the Big River. This is a quintessential Missouri small town. With fewer than 2,000 residents, it’s fairly rural, with a definite Ozark hills flavor. The local park is a popular canoe launch site for locals and city-folk alike, since its about 10 miles upstream from Rockford Beach. There’s an old mill and dam, and a popular fishing hole too. Visitors will also find an old log cabin near the river that has a great view of the Cedar Hill area and is home to Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill.
Kristi and Joe Lunsford opened their bar and grill in August 2016. It’s a family-friendly establishment, even offering a special “Li’l Pups’ Coloring Corner” where kids can color their own coyote pictures to be hung on the restaurant walls. Since they’re a 100-percent family owned and operated restaurant, they wanted to make sure families feel welcome in their place. They’ve even started a Tuesday night dinner special that has kids eating free! Kristi Lunsford says welcoming families, and providing a clean, comfortable dining destination for them is important. She says they want to make their guests and their staff feel at home.
Coyote Joes offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day. Their menu is a bit different. It’s written in “Ozark slang,” but don’t worry. The friendly staff is more than happy to translate for you! From the fried walleye and alligator tacos to the house-made pork skins—fried fresh daily, and the locally sourced, grass-fed beef, this is down home, Southern-style comfort food. They even use grandma’s recipes to make their homemade desserts. Diners will find daily and weekly lunch and dinner specials. Every Friday, they do “FryDay” all you can eat catfish, shrimp, homemade hushpuppies, and a “fixin.” There’s a takeout menu too, and customers say the prices are the best in town.
Besides their down home, Southern-style hospitality, another thing that sets Coyote Joe’s apart is their dedication to hunting and using game in their kitchen. Two Saturdays every month, they offer special “wildlife” dinners featuring dishes made with buffalo, elk, venison, wild boar, rabbit and other game animals. That culture is reflected in the decor too. The walls are covered with wildlife and there’s even a stuffed coyote, and a “braggin’ wall” for everyone to hang up their hunting pictures.
Coyote Joe’s is a bar and grill, so you’ll find a full bar offering beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks. They have weekly drink specials during “Happy Hour.” Like any good bar, you can catch a game (or your favorite sport fishing/hunting show) on one of the TVs. There’s a jukebox, Video Keno, and lottery ticket sales too.
The Lunsfords are a community oriented family, so they make it part of their business to get involved in community service projects, donate to local charities, and even host benefits. They have a great private party room that’s perfect for civic events, club meetings, and private party rentals too.
They love to party at Coyote Joe’s, so they celebrate just about everything. They do themed parties for all the national holidays, including the unofficial celebrations like Mardi Gras, Taco Tuesdays, the Daytona 500, etc. They’re planning crab boils this spring and summer. They’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage specials on Friday and Saturday. They’ll have plenty of green beer and drink specials too!
Coyote Joe’s is closed on Mondays. They’re open Tuesday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unlike some rural establishments, Coyote Joe’s takes credit cards! There’s always plenty of parking for motorcycles, big trucks, campers and RVs—whatever you’re driving. “So come on down,” Lunsford says, “we want to see ya here!”
Coyote Joe’s Bar & Grill
Owners: Joe and Kristi Lunsford
7000 State Road BB
Cedar Hill, Missouri
Phone: (636) 285-0926