Owners Michael Jones and Phaedra Ruff say they are overwhelmed by the response to their new business venture but are happy to be able to provide a good meal that puts smiles on people's faces.

When was the last time you went to a restaurant and were served fresh, deep fried pork skins? Or were greeted with such a friendly smile by the hostess that it feels like family?

It’s no wonder that when Jones Outpost opened up a few months ago it’s been such a hit that on busy Saturday nights it can take more than an hour to get a table. It’s worth the wait. And while you are waiting outside under shaded picnic benches, you’ll be served complimentary water and their famous pig skins made in-house. Fitting since their motto is “Love, peace and bacon grease.” 

Owners Michael Jones and Phaedra Ruff say they are overwhelmed by the response to their new business venture but are happy to be able to provide a good meal that puts smiles on people’s faces. Ruff is often seen at the front of the house greeting customers as well as helping behind the scenes coordinating employees and doing the paperwork that needs to be done to run the business. Jones is in the kitchen cooking up long-time favorites and creating new dishes. 

Jones has been around the Lake area all of his life, cooking at some of the best restaurants and under the best chefs for many years. He started at the age of 11 at the former Village Smorgasbord, which is now closed. 

For 13 years he worked at Lake Regional Hospital as a chef and then moved on to open Kenpo Karate in Camdenton in 2010. Jones learned karate when he was a kid and always had a passion for the sport. After taking a seven-year hiatus from the kitchen to teach karate, Jones wasn’t sure he wanted to go back to cooking but when the opportunity to open up a restaurant became available close to home it was hard to pass up. On Christmas Eve 2017 he decided to return to the kitchen and officially opened the restaurant in March 2018. With the help of Ruff, his girlfriend, the couple has been serving homestyle food and one-of-a-kind menu items to customers craving a hearty meal and good company. 

Located in Montreal, it may seem like quite a drive to make for a restaurant, but it’s only seven miles outside of Camdenton. You will appreciate the country views, and peace and quiet it brings. 

The restaurant goes through hundreds of pounds of potatoes each week to make hand-cut fries and other made-from-scratch fare. For lunch, each table gets a basket of pork rinds while dinner guests will receive a flower pot Bavarian bread accompanied with cinnamon honey butter. 

Comfort food like chicken livers and mushrooms, katfish, beef pot roast, chicken fried steak, and fried bologna sandwich make up a part of the menu. Other appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, steaks and grub can be found. 

The shrimp and grits, eight ounce fresh-ground meat burgers, prime rib sandwich and the batter fried lobster tails are some of the most popular items served. 

Daily specials are offered, and sometimes these specials are so popular, they end up on the daily menu. 

Featured desserts are carrot cake and German chocolate cake, banana splits, ice cream sundaes and brownie sundaes but you might also be able to find others like New York style cheesecake and coconut cream pie as well. 

While no alcohol is served, more than a dozen varieties of bottled soda and other drinks are available. 

Know before you go

Where: 6409 Hwy. 7, Montreal

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 

Contact: 573-346-9866

More info: Jones Outpost on Facebook