Travel Spotlight: Imnaha Store and Tavern


Travel Spotlight

Imnaha Store and Tavern

This is a little tavern in a little town with a big menu and big opinions. Frog legs leap off the menu selections, for example. Signs are posted around at least four varieties of taxidermied local wildlife. The décor is a sounding board for owners Dave and Sallie Tanzey’s opinions on various matters—from wolves (kill) to rattlesnakes (kill many). Opened in 1902, the tavern is also Imnaha’s only grocery stop for the community’s 200-or-so residents, visiting hunters or anglers. Imnaha is thirty miles from the nearest Eastern Oregon town of Joseph. The tavern is a good stopping point for sightseers heading up the dirt road to Hat Point, a Snake River overlook with Hells Canyon below.

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  1. says: Wayne Turnbow

    Lived down the road a bit in the early 60’s, when I was 5-6. Visted the area in 2003 and had lunch there with my 9 year old son. Very memorable and great food. Dollar bills tacked to the ceiling. Great old time feel.

  2. says: Ryan Shepard

    Absolutely enjoyed visiting the area. So beautiful and so much to take in, I wish I could have stayed longer!