Fred & Red’s is the historic greasy spoon diner in Joplin, Missouri. first opened at 10th and Main in 1923. The 7-seat diner quickly became a favorite among the locals and the area’s hard-working miners, and in 1943, moved to its current location at 1719 Main Street with 23 seats. Ownership and the name of the restaurant changed a few times over the early years from Grover’s to Fred & Grover’s to Fred & Bud’s, and in 1956, to Fred & Red’s when Red Wilcoxson bought half of the diner to become Fred’s partner. In 1975, Fred & Red’s and the secret recipe were handed over to Red’s son, Larry Wilcoxson, who had worked at the diner since he was 11 years old.

Below are a few of the things we’re famous for…

Spaghetti Red

Chili Cheese Dog

Double Cheeseburger

Fred & Red’s

1719 S. Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804
Phone: (417) 781-5341

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Saturday | 11 AM – 9 PM

“Fred & Red’s, a Joplin landmark. Don’t travel through the area without stopping in for a plate of spaghetti red! Their cheeseburgers are awesome, as well.”

— Beth Meeker | Google Local Guide


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