Martin City, Missouri: Steakhouse Steer

Fiberglass bovine stares from a high rooftop perch, a sign for a popular steakhouse that's been operating since 1957 at this location.

Jess & Jim's Steakhouse

517 E 135th St, Martin City, MO
Drive down Holmes Rd, and turn right after Jack Stack Barbecue. It's right across the railroad tracks.
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Jess & Jim's Steakhouse Steer

On top of Jess and Jim's, a historic barbecue joint in a small suburb of KC, sits a large brown cow that has been there for years. The building used to be a dry goods store with a roller rink upstairs. Many years after the store closed its doors, the present-day owner purchased it as a fixer-upper and turned it into a flamboyantly colorful barbecue joint. He purchased the fiberglass cow from an auction in Oklahoma City, and had it placed on top of the building with the help of a crane. It's been there ever since, and is repainted every couple of months.

[Ben Perdue, 08/13/2015]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Carry Nation Museum, HearseCarry Nation Museum, Hearse, Belton, MO - 6 mi.
World's Fair Last SupperWorld's Fair Last Supper, Kansas City, MO - 9 mi.
National Museum of Toys and MiniaturesNational Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, MO - 10 mi.
In the region:
Walt Disney's First Film Studio, Kansas City, MO - 13 mi.

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