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Reviewed January 1, 2024

The quaint atmosphere is like stepping back in time. The servers are all friendly and make sure you are taken care of. I have never once had a bad meal here from their signature spaghetti red to their hamburgers. Everything is fresh and delicious.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed December 5, 2023 via mobile

I’m a fan of chili over spaghetti so I have wanted to try this place for awhile. I had the chance last weekend and found the chili to have a little too much chili powder for my liking. The garlic bread was good! Service was...friendly. I did wake up at 1am not feeling sick but not feeling great. They have been around for 100 years so I can’t knock them much. Obviously people like them.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2023 via mobile

So we were on a road trip through Missouri and decided to stop here to try the local food. You don’t get spaghetti with chili on it in Ft Worth. The restaurant building itself is, I guess, a part of the local flavor. It was...old showing signs of wear and tear and is designed and set up for extreme functionality for the staff! Not the comfort of the customer. It’s small and cramped, and you sit around the chefs prep area where they cook and make the foods or you sit in small booths with narrow, crowded isles. The staff was not unfriendly, efficient and fast. The food itself is rather interesting. Basically the local special is a plate of spaghetti with chili poured over it. The chili is a bit different from what you get in Fort Worth. It probably wasn’t the best chili I’ve ever had. Again put that down to local unique flavor. I can’t say that I will ever come back and eat here again, as I am not from this part of the country. But if I did live around here, this place would be on my eat there once every 3 to 4 years list. I just wasn’t a big fan, and neither were my kids.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2023 via mobile

I stopped for a late lunch. The place exudes memories. I had a tamale with scoop of beans and chili on it. The onions are sliced thin and the pickles as good as ever. I brought home a bunch of tamales, chili with beans and...another memory. Service was exceptional.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed January 23, 2021 via mobile

Cincinnati has its Skyline Chili & Red Star chili. Way before them, on the other side of the Midwest is Fred&Reds. Joplin almost lost it in the 80’s, but it's baaaccckkk!. Friendly folks. Delicious unique foods. It's like going back in time. Thank the good...Lord the tornado missed it! Affordable prices. Worth the drive to get to...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2021 via mobile

This place has been in Joplin, Mo since 1923. It was called Grover’s back then. Moved to it’s current location in 1943 at 1719 Main St. Their specialty is Spaghetti Red (chili over spaghetti). It’s simply “awesome”. A very unique taste. Their own family recipe...on the chili. Saltines, onions, pickles, grate parmesan cheese and cider vinegar on the side. Gotta add that their burgers, fries and the tamales are fantastic as well.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 14, 2020

I drive by this almost everyday and finally decided to give it a shot. I ordered the spaghetti red and was not impressed. A container with spaghetti in it with a little bit of dry chili that looked like canned dog food. Not much flavor...at all. May give it another shot but nothing with chili!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

This is the best place in Joplin, MO to get a plate of Spaghetti Red!! The staff loves to laugh and joke with the customers and the food is awesome!!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

I would presume this is a once a year “guilty pleasure”??? It is thick spaghetti noodles covered in a greasy ground beef “sauce”, more beef than sauce. I was taken here as an out of towner... not a place that I would ever showcase. But...I am more a fan of real food than whatever you might call this concoction. Would never return nor ever think to myself, I’d like to make this at home.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We have been eating spaghetti red here for 30 years...same recipe even tho owners changed. Old style horseshoe counter holds about 30 people so dont expect to reserve a table. Absolutely love the friendly wait staff, the atmosphere and most especially the chili and spaghetti...red... happy from Kansas..we eat here every single time we visit Joplin. ❤More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

Great food and environment with the music. The staff are friendly as ever singing to the songs, joking and their joyous laughter fill the restraunt and they must love their jobs! The toilet in the men's room was broken and won't flush. I am recommending...you bring your family here.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019 via mobile

My second time to visit this place. First time with new owners. Same friendly staff. Same menu. I have several friends that love to eat there. Took my wife and I wasn’t certain I was going to get her back to Arkansas. Way to greasy,...and chili on spaghetti come on folks??? Also ordered tamales??? Recon I’m just to southern to call masa dough tamales. Now I know a lot of folks like this place but not this fat boy and his bride. Again clean food ok but not the way it’s put together Hamburgers looked good, at 1:15 on sat afternoon crowded.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019 via mobile

I'm not sure why some people have problems with this place, but I think it's pretty dang good. I stuck with something simple and basic called a chili burger. No complaints here at all. They may have their own recipe for chili, but icing is...pretty dang tasty. This place is worthy of any roadtrippers or roadie's time and money. Spaghetti red, tamale spread, or the classic chili burger... they have that, and more. Waitresses are pretty friendly, and will take time to talk with you, as long as they're not busy. Overall decent place, I highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 25, 2019

in the 70's it was great or maybe my memories were just great. just tryed to eat a jumbo tamale spread 1 trouble rember tamales need atleast some visable signs of meat filling. but if youve no past memories of what it was give it...a tryMore

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

I was told by locals to try this and it was surprisingly good! Try the half and half! It was great! Service was fast and friendly. I never felt uncomfortable the whole time I was there. The diner is small but I never had to...wait and was treated great.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5