Courtesy of Uncle Rooster's
Uncle Rooster's Seymour
By Carolyn Tomlin
After demolishing a storefront in 2004, Wayne and Bobbi Dunning took Wayne’s nickname, Rooster, and the vacant lot to open Uncle Rooster’s Café.
Serving up American delicacies, Uncle Rooster’s does more than just chicken, no matter what the name implies. The restaurant is known for its Chicago-style hot dogs and southwest Missouri-style Italian beef sandwiches. However, Uncle Rooster’s also offers fried chicken, fish sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, and homemade barbecue pork sandwiches in addition to a variety of appetizers, soups, and salads. Bobbi is responsible for the desserts, made fresh daily from her mother’s 1940s recipes.
While the food is serious business, the atmosphere at Uncle Rooster’s is all fun. Activity sheets keep the kids happy while the adults chat. Plus, the friendly staff will do magic tricks to keep everyone entertained. And it doesn’t matter if the kids mark up the floor; all guests are encouraged to autograph the ground before leaving.
Being part of the Seymour community, the café supports local artisans and craftsmen by selling an ever-changing cast of locally made items in the gift shop, where you can also find some of Bobbi’s desserts to go.
Watch for the giant-size white rooster while driving along Highway 60 in southern Missouri, and you, like many others, will have something to crow about.