Dining Delights Throughout Missouri

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Missouri has some of the best barbecue food in the country, along with great local food and awesome restaurants. Enjoy the feast.
Author: H&L Partners
Enjoy the Feast at Awesome Restaurants in Missouri

Fresh seafood. Pasta that tastes like it’s straight from an Italian kitchen. Some of the best barbecue food you will ever have. Cookies, cakes and pies galore. No matter what your favorites are, you’re sure to find them in Missouri. Our restaurants and cafes serve delicious local food, along with a generous helping of hospitality. Discover these awesome restaurants in the Show-Me State today.  

Affordable Local Food in Columbia

While spending time in the bustling college town of Columbia, enjoy a meal at local favorite, Addison’s American Grill. Treat yourself to specialty dishes such as Nachos Bianco (piled high on crunchy pasta chips rather than traditional tortilla chips) and Diablo Shrimp Pasta. If you are looking for local food, Addison’s burgers are made with locally-raised beef.

Awesome Restaurants in the Ozarks

At the Lake of the Ozarks, pair a memorable meal with an unforgettable lake views at The Blue Heron Restaurant (open seasonally). Cocktails and wine are served on the expansive bluff-top patio, around a shimmering swimming pool (sorry, no swimming allowed). The Blue Heron’s signature dish is the delectable batter-fried lobster tail; sautéed Dover sole is a house specialty. The menu offers a wide variety of beef, lamb, poultry and pork dishes, plus an extensive multi-award-winning wine list.

Unique, Awesome Restaurants Recommended by @MOTravelGuy

Our very own @MOTravelGuy – he’s particularly savvy about food – offers plenty of great advice on finding local food at the Lake of the Ozarks. Start the day with a full breakfast at Black Bear Lodge Restaurant, one of several dining choices at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The friendly staff serves plates full of delicious food, including omelets, fresh fruit, pastries and house-made biscuits with a side of sausage.

In an Itinerary posted on VisitMO.comMOTravelGuy suggests several more of his favorite unique eateries, including stops in the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” – that would be Branson – and in America’s Hometown – that would be Hannibal; plus Maplewood (St. Louis) and Kansas City. As a fan of nontraditional breakfast foods, MOTravelGuy recommends kicking off your morning with a hearty slice of Gooey Butter Cheesecake at The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery in Kimmswick. As he is known to say: “Yeah, just try to resist.” MOTravelGuy is always scouting out local food and awesome restaurants in Missouri. For more Missouri food tips, follow @MOTravelGuy on Twitter.

Eat Like A World Traveler

When Missouri legislators and business people have an important meeting (or, like the rest of us, just crave some delicious Italian food), they head to Madison’s Café. This Jefferson City favorite serves northern Italian and American cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. On gorgeous day, enjoy your meal and a cocktail outdoors and watch the world go by.

Head to Columbia and Jefferson City for Award-Winning Barbecue Food

Missouri takes barbecue very seriously and has some of the best barbecue food in the nation. We have plenty of fun serving delicious BBQ dishes to friends, family and visitors.

The article “Summer Means Barbecue Season in Missouri,” written by Division of Tourism staffer @SeeMOMan, highlights some great barbecue spots around the state, including Lutz’s Famous BBQ-Jefferson City and Lutz’s in Columbia. Owner Burl Lutz and his crew make such good BBQ that they took Grand Champion honors on the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour. The slow-smoked meats are pulled or sliced to order. Side dishes include Lutz’s house-made, spiral-cut potato chips, with your choice of a dozen seasonings. (Click Here to watch a minute-and-a-half video of the Lutz operation in action.) Read the Summer BBQ article mentioned above includes tips from Joe Lutz (Burl's brother) and information about some top-notch and unique barbecue spots in Kansas City, Ironton, El Dorado Springs, St. Louis, and Chillicothe. Follow @SeeMOMan on Twitter.

Missouri Eateries Named Best Barbecue Food and Best Restaurant

How about some of the best? Zagat Survey® – the world’s leading survey-based restaurant reviewer – named Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue (three Kansas City locations) the No. 1 Barbecue House in the Country. Besides their barbecue, their BBQ sauces and rubs are top sellers online.

In the historic town of Arrow Rock, don’t miss the opportunity to try CatalpaRural Missouri Magazine’s pick for the Best Restaurant in the State. Catalpa serves inventive, mouthwatering dishes in an elegant and intimate, yet laid-back, environment. Enjoy the local food, but make sure to save room for dessert – the house-made ice cream alone is worth the trip. Awesome restaurants are often times more intimate; there are only eight tables in the dining room, and one Chef’s Table in the kitchen. Reservations are required and should be made well in advance at this fine-dining establishment. Also, Catalpa offers cooking classes for six to eight people, perfect for friends and couples traveling together. Learn how to make some great local food yourself at this small-town institution.

More Awesome Restaurants in Missouri

In Springfield, celebrate the bright, fresh flavors of Mexico at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. One of many awesome restaurants downtown, this hot spot includes favorite dishes such as carne asada, seafood enchiladas, fried tacos and fajitas. Quench your thirst with a cold Mexican beer; if you like a margarita, they have more than 120 tequilas from which to choose. 

Also in downtown Springfield, satisfy a savory craving and treat your sweet tooth at Aviary Café and Creperie. This adorable spot serves a variety of scrumptious crepes, including a fresh strawberry crepe with crème fraiche and mascarpone. They offer several gluten-free crepe dishes.

What’s your favorite iconic Missouri local food? We want to hear about your favorite, so join the conversation on VisitMO's Facebook Page.


 Addison's American Grill
A great choice for all dining occasions. Our menu offers a variety of dishes that are sure to please ...

 Blue Heron Restaurant
From its bluff-top location, the restaurant offers spectacular views of the Lake of the Ozarks. Casual, ...

 Tan-Tar-A Resort
A family resort spanning 420 acres along the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks. Facilities include: Timber ...

 The Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery
This restaurant and bakery offers a breakfast and lunch, complete with a selection of house-baked pies, ...

 Madison's Cafe
Madison's Cafe is a 32-year Jefferson City tradition, offering casual yet elegant dining, with a focus ...

 Lutz's Famous BBQ – Jefferson City
Burl Lutz has won multiple awards in barbecue contests across the nation for his smoked meats and dry-rub. All ...

 Lutz's Famous BBQ – Columbia
Burl Lutz has won multiple awards in barbecue contests across the nation for his smoked meats and dry-rub. ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - County Club Plaza
The ambiance of the Country Club Plaza sets this location apart, partnering our barbecue with shopping ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Freight House
Our award-winning barbecue and the historic Freight House make a gorgeous combonation. The 25-foot ceilings, ...

 Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Martin City
Martin City is where the Jack Stack experience was born. With its welcoming and cozy atmosphere, the ...

 Catalpa
Voted Best Restaurant in Missouri by Rural Missouri Magazine in 2012 and 2013. Catalpa is a small, fine-dining ...

 Maria's Mexican Restaurant – Springfield
If you like Mexican food, you'll love Maria's traditional Mexican cuisine. Our most popular dishes include, ...

 Aviary Cafe and Creperie
Seasonal menus consist of made-from-scratch meals using ingredients from local farms and fresh vegetables; ...