Hays House Restaurant

Built in 1857 on the Sante Fe Trail, Hays House Restaurant has served many purposes throughout its lifespan – in the 1800s, it was a restaurant, bar, and trading post, as well as a location the government rented to hold court and distribute mail. The bottles were even covered at bar close on Saturday nights so church services could be held there Sunday mornings.

It’s no wonder then, why this beautiful building filled with pioneer history is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. This eatery prides itself on being a historic stopping point for people passing through – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to travelers and locals alike. Menu items like mediterranean chicken pasta, a blackened catfish wrap and a bison meatloaf sandwich are sure to have your mouth-watering.

As of October 2015, Hayss House is under construction and closed Mondays. Check their Facebook page for updates on this historic construction project.