Fork in the Road: Willie's Hideout is the best bar and grill in St. George

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 3:33 PM CDT
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This week we take the Fork in the Road to Willie’s Hideout in St. George.

It’s the best food in town -- and not because it’s the only bar and grill there. It draws people from all over Northeast Kansas for unique homemade creations by a father-son duo.

Homemade hot and fresh pizza is just one delicious dish you'll find cooking there.

“It's good home cooking but bar food still," Owner James Willbanks II said.

Willbanks runs the place, but sometimes two James' are better than one.

"[My dad] retired and came ready to help me do this and said hey why not and now we've been having fun, and so as long as they let me keep having fun." Willbanks laughed.

“James is James, and I'm James so if they yell James they go to him and not me, so I'm just called Pops around here," Dad James Willbanks explained.

Pops' been in the restaurant business his whole life, working for Pizza Hut for 27 years.

“That’s why we added pizza," Pops said.

And Pops is the mentor teaching James and the rest how to do it right with the dough and sauce made from scratch.

One of their top selling pizzas is their “Jimmy Willbanks” with cream cheese, bacon, and jalapeño. Instead of sauce they put whipped cream cheese on the bottom, then top it with heaping amounts of bacon and jalapeno and another round of cheese.

“Then you set it in the oven and it will cook for 6 minutes and 15 seconds," Pops said.

But Willie's is more than pizza -- philly cheese steaks, steak bombs, chicken fried steak, chicken and waffles, and their nacho apple pie round out the menu, all creations based off their personal tastes.

They also do secret menu items.

“We have a funnel cake peanut butter and jelly sandwich which is really good. Like two funnel cakes peanut butter on one strawberry jelly on the other smashed together." James said.

And while there’s not any other restaurants in St.George, that doesn't mean they can slack on quality

“We do it the same way all the time.” Pops said. “Consistency is the key here, it’s got to be the same. You get a burger today you better get the same burger the next week and the next week."

Good food and a good time too.

"We have a patio out back, we do corn hole tournaments, live music, we have a really great team we just want to make sure everybody's taken care of," James said.

Willie's Hideout Bar & Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday at 208 1st Street, St. George, KS 66535

Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fork in the road is sponsored by Hellrayzors Roadhouse in Harveyville.

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