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Trail Days Cafe & Museum


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Sweet Potatoes
Butter Beans
Indian Bread
Indian Bread
American Indian Salad & Dressing
Deliciously deljcate: greens, dried mint & chives, & rionzonse (osage for 01.41014)
American Indian Kidney Bean Salad
With Italian herb bread
With Italian herb bread
Garden Salad
Greens, cucumbers, feta cheese, ripe olives, & tomatoes, w/ balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing)
Chef's Salad
More of the above, plus shredded cheddar & mozzarella cheese, sliced almonds, & Italian herb bread
Croque Monsieur
Ham & swiss cheese w/ French bread, grilled & topped w/ melted cheddar cheese & walnuts)
Soup & Sandwich
French bread, dijon mustard, w/ cheddar & swiss cheeses)
Garden Salad
Greens, carrots, tomatoes, & olives) w/ French salad dressing
Fruit Dish
Of mixed fruits
Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, & English Muffin Bread Ns8.95
" Toad in the Hole"
Sausage slices baked in a batter), & a garden salad (greens, carrots, & tomatoes) w/ poppyseed salad dressing
Poached Fish or Bangers (Sausages), Colcannon (Cooked Potatoes, Onions, & Cabbage Mashed Together), Garden Salad (Greens, Carrots, Dill, & Tomatoes) w/ Tomato Bacon Salad Dressing, & Irish Soda Bread
Meat Balls Garden Salad
Greens, red cabbage, carrots, & tomatoes, sprinkled w/ dill) w/ blue cheese salad dressing, creamed corn, & Swedish rye bread
Schnitzel (pork cutlets), coleslaw, mashed potatoes, & German rye bread
Slices​ of sausage,) & sauerkraut, applesauce, & German rye bread
Ham & Beans, & Cornbread
One Meat, Two Side Dishes, & Wheat Bread
Baked Ham w/ Strawberry Sauce
Beef Brisket
Salmon Patties
Choose two
Sweet Potatoes
Butter Beans
Cottage Cheese
Add: a small serving of your choice of cole slaw, apple sauce, cottage cheese, or potato chips 1.25
American Farm Meals
Oven-fried chicken or meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes, sliced tomatoes & cucumbers, & wheat bread
Town Square Sandwiches
(Made​ w/ our homemade breads) deli-turkey or deli-ham sandwich # 5.50 w/ lettuce, cheddar cheese, & your choice of mayonnaise or mustard
Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Deli-Turkey or Deli-Ham Sandwich
With lettuce, cheddar cheese, & your choice of mayonnaise or mustard
Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Crunchy Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich
Reuben Sandwich
Corned beef on our Swedish rye bread
Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato Sandwich
Club Sandwich (Turkey or Ham)
Vegetarian Chef's Salad
Same as our regular chef's salad except ham is replaced by mozzarella & feta cheeses)
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
With applesauce & bread
Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich
Double​ mozzarella cheese & sauerkraut on our Swedish rye bread
Skim Milk
Iced Cherry Tea
Lipton Tea
Specialty Teas
Root Beer
Diet Coca-Cola Grape
Enjoy museum surroundings and a dining experience with history at the Trail Days Cafe & Museum located in the 1861 stone Terwilliger Home in Council Grove, KS. Guests are transported back to a time when homes along the Santa Fe Trail served as eating places. Delicious American Indian, Old world, Early American and 20th Century foods are served in a beautiful and cozy victorian setting.
$9 - $15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Cafe, American, International, Native American
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

food made from scratch. Treasure this experience. It's all good. Not fast food but worth a meal when you are in Council Grove.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank kansasrod
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for coming and for your kind remarks. We were delighted to have you at Trail Days Cafe & Museum. We are a Museum which is why we are about Culture and History. The food you eat will take you back in time and...More

Reviewed October 4, 2018

This was a great little historical sight that also serves food. The proprietors were interesting and we could tell they cared very much about this place. The food was very reasonably priced although they were out of many things when we were there. I had...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank DPenn_11
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Thank you for your input. We are a museum staffed with volunteers. Basically we have two volunteers, which is me and my husband. We make all the food from scratch and try to get food from sources as close to how it was in the...More

Reviewed September 15, 2018

We stopped for a quick run through...and two and a half hours later and a delicious lite lunch - we left feeling we had new friends in Council grove as well as a much better appreciation for the history of the town. Ken, our waiter,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Les H
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to share our food and history with people from all over the world in general, and the United States in particular. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. As I may have told you, as I tell many visitors, if...More

Reviewed July 3, 2018

Traveling the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, we were looking for something more interesting the the typical chain restaurant. We found the Trail Days Cafe using the Around Me app and are glad we did. The small cafe is in a lovingly restored historic home...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Bill M
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

We greatly enjoyed your visit, and appreciate the kind comments you have made. I hope you were able to drive by the boyhood residence of your District's former Congressman (John Rhodes, 1953-83) at 613 W. Main St., before leaving town. For what it is worth,...More

Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had a delightful experience at the Trail Days Cafe & Museum this evening. The menu is an awesome mixture of meals from different times in history and cultures that settled in the Council Grove area, from buffalo & elk roast of...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank kardsfan18
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2018

Thank you for passing on to others your experience at the Trail Days Café & Museum! We greatly enjoy sharing the food and history with people from all over the United States and the World. My stories evolve over time as visitors share their history...More

Reviewed May 29, 2018 via mobile

What a pleasant and memorable dinner experience! Four of us traveled from the KC Metro/Spring Hill, KS area to Manhattan on Memorial Day. After a long, very hot day of visiting cemeteries and sightseeing, we were looking forward to stopping in Council Grove at the...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2018

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comments! It is very rewarding and encouraging to us to know that there are many people who understand and appreciate what we are doing here! Earlier this year, Thrillist.com posted a list of the best small town restaurants...More

Reviewed May 17, 2018

We were doing the Santa Fe Trail and stopped in for 2 reason. 1 because of the historical meaning of the building and 2 to get some food. We were more than delighted with the food we got PLUS we got to meet Ken. Ken...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2018

Thanks for the kind words! We enjoyed having you as visitors! We learn a lot of history from our visitors, which we often pass on to others. Recently a couple from Newburgh, IN, told us about their town's unfortunate capture by Confederates (July 18, 1862)...More

Reviewed March 23, 2018

This is a follow-up to my earlier 11-11-17 review. Presentations are also given periodically, making this an even more amazing attraction. After a fabulous meal, I had the honor of giving a Fred Harvey-Harvey Girls-William Allen White presentation -- in case you’re wondering, all of...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2018

Thank you Pierre! You did such a wonderful presentation. People were talking about it afterwards, expressing how much they enjoyed the event and your part in making it great!

Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for an early dinner - the only ones there. The chef/curator provided an eclectic menu with many options - went with the buffalo roast - nice and tender! Side dishes were just right - applesauce tasted like apple pie without the crust....More

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank carolynBelAire_KS
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

We are glad that you stopped by to share a meal with us, and take in some of the history of this house and the area! Thank you for your kind words!

Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful couple, served an authentic home cooked meal. The Elk, and applesauce were my favorite. I also had a great Indian salad, that had green lettuces with none of the white heart of the lettuce, like you see in some salads. Great place to eat,...More

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank robcmeek17
Shirley M, Manager at Trail Days Cafe & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind remarks! We enjoyed sharing our food and our history with you!

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