My Favorite McCook Spots


Since my time in McCook is down to a little over a month (we found and PURCHASED a house in Lincoln YAY!), I though now would be a good time to share with you all some of my favorite spots to frequent in McCook.

This list will mostly consist of shops and resturants. Because let’s face it, if there is anything I am good at it is shopping…..and eating.

Mac’s Drive-In

If you ever find yourself in the southwest corner of Nebraska, the desert of the state if you will, YOU MUST stop here to eat. Not only is the food good, the restaurant alone is an experience. Inside you order your food over the phone, when it’s ready a red light flashes and you go pick it up at the cashier’s window.

Outside you will find they have old school drive-up stalls, where you push a button on the menu to place your order. Then a friendly Mac’s employee brings your food straight to your car window!

My food recommendations would be the deluxe cheeseburger, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms……French fries…chicken strips…….oh hell just get the ENTIRE MENU! Lord knows I have..

One thing you must not forget when stopping by this McCook hotspot….GET ALL THE RANCH! Seriously, Mac’s has the best ranch, in probably all of the world. You can trust me on this one, I know my ranch.

Mint 217 Boutique

Shortly after we moved here a little boutique started to take shape across the street from where I was working. Everyday I would peek out the window to see when I could check it out. Finally the WE ARE OPEN sign was up and I was out the door!

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Mint’s owner Leah (total sweetheart), and let me tell you she has done wonders for downtown McCook shopping. She offers unique items in her store, and I have never left there empty handed. If you stop by tell her Julia sent ya.

Sehnert’s Bakery

Sehnert’s is special to McCook having been around since…well I don’t know the exact year but a really, really long time. I’m not good with history so give me a break will ya?

The jiffy burger is something I knew nothing about before moving to McCook. It is life changing. You will want ALL OF THE JIFFY BURGERS. I never thought a loose meat sandwich could bring so much joy to my life.

Not only do they have great food, but they also support local artists and have events to showcase their talents. From comedians to musicians you will find it all at Sehnerts.

Knowlen & Yates


Do you see a trend yet? Two restaurants and now two shops. Like I said, shopping and eating, it’s kinda my jam.

Knowlen & Yates specializes in kitchen and home decor, but they have speciality food as well. You can go into their store and get fresh ground coffee. They do it right in front of you. Some of you may be like, “get with the 2010s girl they do that lots of places (insert eye roll emoji here).” Well I had never experienced it until moving here so for me it was amazing. It’s the little things in life.

Taste of Texas BBQ


I am going to end this list with a place that I think, offers the best Bloody Mary in the area. The BBQ isn’t bad either. The best part about living in a small town is locally owned restaurants. You get the best service and the food never disappoints. I don’t even bother looking at the menu when we go there. Chicken Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and Mac n Cheese. Carb overload, sure. But totally worth the food baby you leave with.

So there you have it folks! Just a few of my favorite spots in McCook. If you ever find yourself in this little corner of the state I recommend taking some time to check the town out. Get a Bloody Mary and do some shopping. Why? Because that’s what JULIA would do!


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  1. Julia!!! I loved reading about your cute town! I know you are super excited about moving back to Lincoln, but i’m Sure you will find that you miss this little town a bit when you leave. That first diner looks really cool- definitely sounds fun! And the bakery with open mic nights, comedians and local musician nights sounds like a great way to showcase talent in the area! Some things are just done so well in small towns. Thanks so much for sharing about your town… I will definitely keep these places in mind if i’m ever driving through!

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