Barto’s Idle Hour Steak House & Lounge

201 S Santa Fe St
Frontenac, 66763
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I really like eating at Barto's the Chicken is a little different than at the chicken annies restaurants in the area. Both are better than anywhere else I have ever eaten chicken. Bartos chicken crust is very crisp and of course delicious. We have been eating here since 1980's when we are in town long enough to hit chicken annies and bartos and our other favorite places in town. We have to alternate because it is all so good. You can also get a very good steak here which you cant do at any of the chicken annies. The portions are very generous.
Have to love this place! Usually, I only get Barto's when family brings it to KC from Pittsburg, however I recently was able to visit this location in person. First off, I LOVE their potato salad. It is hands down my favorite of all varieties. It is a vinegar flavor base (probably with lots of butter too), with little diced onions. They also have great cole slaw. The chicken is also fantastic, and has "country style" breading, and is very juicy inside. The building is older, but inside it is clean and feels like a warm, friendly environment. We walked in at 9:45pm to get take out because they closed at 10. Inside, there was a musician playing, and 3 senior couples dancing (which was friggin' adorable). I wish I lived closer so I could eat here (and hang out here) more often.
There are FOUR famous chicken places in Crawford County. Barto's is really good but maybe the least tasty of them all. Pluses: fast friendly service, good chicken & sides (especially liked the onion rings), live bands on weekend nights. Minuses: no mashed or whipped potatoes, no desserts of any kind, not much flavor in the batter. Overall, better chicken, slaw and potato salad than I can make at home so worth the visit. Not too expensive, either.

(620) 232-9834

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