Best Place to Celebrate Independence/Veterans Day Every Day (2002)

VFW John S. Stewart Post No. 1

Founded in 1899, VFW John S. Stuart Post No. 1 was the first VFW post in the nation, and all 103 years of its history can be felt inside. But while the post's (dwindling) membership is limited to veterans of foreign wars, the restaurant and bar are open to anyone in the mood for a great burger, some good old-fashioned French fries and a couple of cold beers (the sevice may be a little slow, but it's service for your country). Sit yourself down amid flags, photographs of servicemen, military mementos and actual hardened veterans themselves, and soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era. Sidle up to the guys who served in Vietnam and Korea, or challenge a grizzled gadfly from WWII to a rousing game of billiards, and you'll know why this is the place to be when you're feeling warm, fuzzy thoughts about the U.S. of A. on holidays or any old day of the week.

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