Fork in the Road: Bobcats Bar & Grill brings big flavor to Ozawkie

OZAWKIE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Right off K92 highway near Perry Lake, Bobcats is serving up some big flavor is in this small town bar and grill.

In a spot people used to purchase boats in, Owner Randal Long saw an opportunity to open a restaurant.

"There wasn't a lot of places in the area to eat and have a good steak,” Long said. “I guess the opportunity for this place arose, so I just went ahead and we basically renovated this and put the kitchen in."

A few years back, a pair of actual bobcats lived at what is now Bobcats Bar and Grill.

“It was a cute story of a couple of bobcats and people were feeding them until the game warden came and took them,” Long said. “So Bobcats Bar and Grill that’s how we got the name."

Partner Eddie Miller said his background in cooking pushed him to team up with Long and bring some different flavors to Ozawkie.

"We have very unique items for Jefferson County,” Miller said. “You don't need to drive to Kansas City or whatever just to have a variety of selection as far as food or beverages."

He said their exciting menu draws customers from other parts of Northeast Kansas.

“We do get a lot of people who ride in from Kansas City, Topeka, Lawrence and Mayetta,” Miller said. “There's a lot of unique items. We also have the stuffed peppadew, which is a South African pepper that is about the size of a cherry tomato stuffed with reserved three year aged white cheddar cheese.”

Miller said serving the Ozawkie community is a big reason for adding variety to the Bobcats menu.

"Just because we live out here doesn’t mean we don't deserve a little class or a little food variety or we don't have taste,” Miller said. “Everybody has different wants and desires and needs and we try to incorporate that into our everyday menu."

Bobcats is open Wednesday through Monday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are cash only, but have an ATM on site.