Hiking To The Jeep At Sunset

Our hike was a bit longer than we had planned. The sun was already setting before we reached our vehicle. It’s easy to get lost in the moment while hiking Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota. In the far distance Square Butte, Sentinnel Butte, and Camel Hump are discernible.

Sunset.  Head for Little Missouri Saloon & Dining! 

The sun set and our winter hike in the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park came to an end.   Our timing was perfect for finding our way back to the Jeep before darkness fell (which is very quickly in the rugged badlands)!   The first stop after exiting the park, in the well known cowboy town of Medora, North Dakota, was Little Missouri Saloon & Dining!  We were thirsty. And we were hungry! 

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

Established in 1883, Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota, is one of the oldest drinking establishments in the area. It’s dining room is a mainstay for local, as well as tourists, and offers a wide selection of menu items. Steak is a specialty!

It’s Historic!

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining is one of the oldest businesses in Medora, established in 1883, and offers a glance into the past of this significant little town.   Located at 440 3rd Street, it’s easy to spot, just west of the school.  It specializes in steaks, burgers, bison, and fresh made pizza.  Through the years it’s seen several renovations, and now boasts a large balcony for summer dining, with a deep boardwalk underneath.  There’s even a place to tie your horse!

A Welcome Place to Warm Up in the Winter, Little Missouri Saloon & Dining

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora is a welcoming place to warm on up a cold winter night after an extensive day of hiking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is adjacent to the quaint (and quiet in the winter) cowboy town in North Dakota.

More Than A Saloon

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining is open year around, and has become a mainstay for us with our varied hours of exploring in the area. It’s a good place to relax after a dusty (or muddy, in our case) day on the hiking trail. There’s no need to dress up here, although with fine dining available, it would make a great place for a formal date as well.  

An Authentic Western Saloon! Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

It’s the real deal! Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota has been around for a long time! It’s part of the cowboy history of this ranching town in western North Dakota.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name 

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name”.   It’s that kind of place!   Though a favorite of tourists in the summer months, when it becomes very crowded and busy with an exciting energy, the real draw of Little Missouri Saloon & Dining is its down home community flavor.   This is a place where locals gather.   It’s the real deal.  And yes, those are real cowboys and cowboy hats! 

Cowboy Hats and Dollar Bills. And Happy People! Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

You won’t forget this historic bar in the quaint cowboy town of Medora, North Dakota. Little Missouri Saloon is the oldest in town!

Relaxing After The Hunt

Three hunters sit at the bar after a good day of deer hunting, relaxing and assessing their day in the badlands while ordering a hearty dinner and soothing beverage at Little Missouri Saloon in Medora, North Dakota.

Best Service Around!

One of the reasons we keep going back to Little Missouri Saloon & Dining is the service.   Here’s a place you can call the wait staff ‘friend’.   We’ve always been greeted with a smile and friendly “Hello!” quickly after being seated, menus and water set before us.   All servers we’ve encountered have been very good.  

A Quiet Evening With Friends at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

Sara provides friendly and efficient service behind the bar at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota.

Sara remembers us on a first name basis, and greet her in the same fashion.  She is thorough, knowledgable, super courteous, and fast!  We enjoy our visits together.   And then, there is the legend of Lesko!    His upbeat manner, welcoming smile, and proficiency rock!   In fact, he moves so quickly and fluidly (smiling all the while) it’s difficult to get a sharp image of him!   When you stop in to Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, check to see if he is there. 

Top Notch Service Is Found at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota!

Top Notch service, efficient and fast and friendly, is a mainstay of Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota.

The Champion of Glass Handlers at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining

The Champion of Glass Handlers at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining has got to be Lesko. His fluid movement (is it a waltz?) and his beaming smile nearly betray his skill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food

We look forward to the day when we have time to relax and enjoy a steak at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining.   We’ve heard they are excellent. The pasta and seafood are enticing as well.  For our stops there, we’ve needed to rehydrate and refuel after venturing off the trail in the rugged badlands and have found pizza (it’s great!) and  burgers to be perfect!   Our favorites are the Bison Burger and the Elk Burger.   Several sides are offered with each.

Menu at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

The menu at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota offers standard fare, and all of it is good! The pizza is above par and highly recommended.

Steaks, Pasta, Burgers, Seafood, and More!

The menu at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining offers Steaks, Pasta, Burgers, Seafood, and More! We love the Bison and Elk Burgers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potato Salad With Bison Burger at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

Several sides are offered with the burgers at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota. Potato Salad is one of our favorites!

Bison Burger, A Favorite at Little Missouri Saloon, Medora, North Dakota

A favorite on the menu at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota is the Bison Burger! An assortment of sides are offered with this selection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real West Atmosphere

The environment is as interesting and entertaining as the food is good and the service is courteous and efficient.   Here, at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, one gets a taste of the true Medora community.  And it is ranch centered!  This is the heart of historic cattle drives, of the first ranches of the west, of the rugged lifestyle of which presidents are made.  It is the home of tough, hard working people who will give you a huge welcome!  We whole-heartedly recommend you spend time at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota.   

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining Is The Gathering Place of Locals, and Tourists!

Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota has been around for years. It’s historic! It’s a great place for locals and tourists to gather!

A Row of Special Patrons, Hats and Dollar Bills Line the Rafters!

A Row of cowboy hats and dollar bills on a rafter of the ceiling at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota.

Dollars! Dollars Everywhere! Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

Dollars cover the ceiling and flow onto the posts at Little Missouri Saloon & Dining in Medora, North Dakota. Periodically the money is donated to local charities.

Cowboy Hats and Dollar Bills, Little Missouri Saloon & Dining, Medora, North Dakota

Cowboy hats and dollar bills from patrons through out the years are as much a part of Little Missouri Saloon & Dining as is the red wallpaper and draperies. Medora, North Dakota

 

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