Tuesday – Sunday
“Times have changed but you’ll never know you left the feel-good era of the original steakhouse. 50’s music, historic photos, and pop-culture memorabilia bring you back to these fun and carefree days. So come relax, and enjoy making new memories with us at Oscar’s.”
Starting as a local favorite, they outgrew their small stone building by the mid fifties, and built a more expansive establishment on Hwy 54. It eventually drew customers from all over Missouri as a popular stop to and from the Lake, and their reputation spread beyond state borders. Oscar’s even hosted Harry S. Truman on private occasion.
Son, Robert “Fuzzy” Mankin, also loved to cook and expertly operated the kitchen for the latter part of their 23 year operation. And although he did not choose to settle down as an owner when Oscar retired in the early 70s, his young son Kurt had become inspired by this heritage and enamored with his own Oscar’s dream…
And here in Jefferson City, Earl was popular for his tasty barbeque and deliciously unique pork loin. It was roasted with a secret-recipe peanut butter baste, at the Missouri Blvd drive-in bearing his name. This was during the days when his sparse neighbors on the now congested thoroughfare, included the honkey-tonk “Hillbilly Village” and brother, Clarence’s stave mill across the road.
After serving in the war and a few years saving capital, Oscar and wife Lena Mae continued this notable tradition with the opening of Oscar’s Steakhouse on the east side. Their sons Jack and Fuzzy also mastered the craft and joined the popular business to continue this legacy. Jack and wife Joyce, further expanded to create the popular J-J barbeque restaurant . And grandson Kurt has carried forward their skill and tradition into the present day with the award-winning menu at Oscar’s Classic Diner.
Times have changed but you’ll never know you left the feel-good era of the original steakhouse. 50’s music, historic photos, and pop-culture memorabilia bring you back to these fun and carefree days. However, an addition of lighter bistro-style fare and a tempting selection of pastas and salads reflect modern lifestyles. The kids will also enjoy the Purple-People-Eater breakfast platter, a Little Ritchie burger, or many other child favorites from the kids menu - and you can be sure they get their milk and veggies if desired.
Sadly, Fuzzy passed away in 2006 but his exuberant spirit remains. Additionally his mastery in the kitchen is carried on through our dedicated staff of accomplished chefs. They’ve earned Oscar’s several breakfast and home-style cooking awards. We believe you’ll find something delicious to satisfy everyone’s palate. And our exceptional servers will always strive to make you feel right at home with their friendly, attentive care.