Arnold’s Perk Coffee House is the place to grab the finest locally roasted organic coffee. Their brews are created using fair trade, freshly roasted Arabica beans. Locals love their Power Breakfast Sandwich made on freshly baked bread as well as the fresh-baked pastries. The coffeehouse has a relaxed feel in its historic location with indoor as well as outdoor seating on an adorable front and side porch. Visit them at 140 West Broadway in Arnolds Park.
Waterfront American Grille is an upscale restaurant located at 610 Linden drive on Arnolds Park. Enjoy dinner inside in the beautiful dining room or on the patio overlooking the lake. Choose from an eclectic pizza menu with three crust choices and interesting combinations such as Cajun alfredo sauce, bronzed chicken, fire-roasted tomatoes, feta cheese sauce and more. Or enjoy a delicious entrée like dry aged bone-in pork chip, seafood medley, charbroiled diver scallops or surf and turf. Arrive by land or by boat.
Yesterday’s has been a local favorite for more than 35 years, serving outstanding items like yellowfin tuna, cedar plank salmon, tavern shrimp, jumbo lump crab cakes, and Oscar versions of shrimp, chicken, and filet. There is also a Japanese Teppanyaki Room where your meal is prepared and served by a personal chef. Entrees include Japanese onion soup, ginger house salad, fried rice, and vegetables. The restaurant is located at 131 Broadway Street in Arnolds Park.
If you are looking for a fun, retro experience, visit Betsy’s Diner at 20785 170th Street in Spirit Lake. Betsy’s Diner has the feel of an old 1950s style diner with a lunch counter and fountain drinks that pair well with the burgers and specialty sandwiches. Be sure to try their ice cream concoctions as well.
Snappers Turtle Bay Café provides you with a relaxed island atmosphere with views of Turtle Bay. The menu is unusual with items like Caribbean nachos, island tacos and an avocado BLT. There is a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Be sure to try their famous Frosties which are served in a souvenir cup. Try the Miami Vice, a mixture of strawberry daiquiri and pina colada or the Butchwacker, made with Kahlua, cream de cocoa, dark rum, and ice cream. There is both indoor and outdoor seating with boat docking available if you want to arrive by water. Snappers is located at 24457 Stake Out Road in Okoboji.
Since 1972, Tweeter’s Bar and Grill has been a favorite among locals. They serve classic American fare in a relaxed atmosphere. At Tweeter’s the mood is as important as the food they serve. They have a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails and are open all year. Try the prime rib, barbecue ribs or turkey ham club, which are local favorites. They also serve Buddy’s Soda, local hand-crafted soda in strawberry, orange and grape. They are located at 1027 Highway 71.
Since 2015, the Okoboji Store Bar & Kitchen has been serving delicious food in their newly renovated restaurant with views of the lake. The location has a long history in Okoboji, starting around 1884 when W.S. Wilson arrived in the area with his sons. They opened Wilson Boat Works and later acquired the Okoboji Store property adjacent to their boatyard. The Wilson family operated in that location for the next 90 years, delivering groceries by horse-drawn carriage, building, servicing and renting boats. The original store opened as a skating rink and then was converted to the general store where the Wilson’s also rented boats, operated a post office and managed a livery. In 1988, the Mau family acquired the property, and the two Mau sisters created a restaurant that provides locals with a place to socialize and enjoy a good meal. Find the restaurant at 1404 Highway 71.
Born at the bridge on Highway 71 in 1949, O’Farrell Sisters Restaurant has been “baking pies, flippin’ cakes and crackin’ eggs” ever since. Edna Mae and Arlene, the actual O’Farrell sisters, bought the diner from Ike Kissinger when he decided to run for Sheriff. From the day they opened, they became a local favorite, and the line to get their Sunday fried chicken dinner was often so long they had to lock the door as they were out of chicken. In 1959, Arlene married Furman Henderson, moving to Tallahassee, Florida. Edna Mae and another sister, Ferne, continued running the diner, moving it to the present location, until Ferne’s death in 1974 and Edna Mae’s in 1978. The business was then sold to Arlene’s nieces, Joys, Jo Ann, Charlotte, and Cheri. After Jo Ann’s death in 1997 and Cheri’s in 2002, the remaining nieces sold the restaurant, but the new owners are continuing the O’Farrell tradition. The restaurant has a full bar and serves breakfast all day. They also offer brunch and lunch specials at their location at 1109 Lake Shore Drive.
Smokin’ Jakes, located at 117 West Broadway in Arnolds Park, carries on the tradition of Grandpa Jake who slow-roasted cuts of seasoned meat over a hickory fire. The delicious barbecue is now paired with some of the finest produce grown locally. The menu includes sandwiches, entrees, soups, and salads, all created in-house. Be sure to try Granny’s Corner desserts which include the 1919 Root Beer Float, shakes, malts, pies and more.