Missouri boasts hundreds of restaurants sure to please any appetite. From light snacks to complete meals, our dining destinations offer countless options. (You will find one constant, however: Every dish comes with a side of wonderful Midwestern hospitality.)
When you're looking the real flavor of Kansas City, head to Gates Bar-B-Q; located downtown and at three other Kansas City area locations. Since 1946, Gates has been serving their original style of Kansas City barbecue with their signature “service with a smile”– when you enter a Gates location, the first thing you hear is a chorus of: "Hi, may I help you?” The award-winning barbecue is served cafeteria style. (Their famous barbecue sauces and rubs are sold at many supermarkets throughout the Midwest.)
Find a little bit of heaven when you visit A Slice of Paradise Pizza. This Excelsior Springs restaurant dishes up superb pizza, in a family-friendly environment. Build your own pie from an extensive list of toppings or choose one of Slice of Paradise’s specialty pizzas (like the “Pit Boss,” topped with barbecue).
Enjoy a meal with a generous portion of sports nostalgia, at Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum, in Gladstone. The memorabilia dates back nearly a century. Chappell’s collection of fascinating artifacts draws sports fans from all over – in fact, this is one of the nation’s largest collection of sports items to be seen in a restaurant. The menu offers a large variety of delicious dishes, including selections for the kids.
In historic Hannibal, take in the gorgeous panoramic view, courtesy of Rustic Oak Riverview Dining at Sawyer’s Creek. Every seat, indoors and on the patio, has views of the Mississippi River. They feature aged, Angus beef. Specialties include, among other entrees: catfish; frog legs; and prime rib. The restaurant is part of the Sawyer’s Creek Family Fun Park, wine store, and gift shop complex. Located directly across Route 79 from the Mark Twain Cave complex.
When you are near Sikeston, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Lambert’s Café – the home of “Throwed Rolls.” Of course, there’s much more to Lambert’s than just delicious, flying bread. You’ll find a menu full of down-home favorites, including fried catfish and one of the tastiest chicken-fried steaks around, plus a constant stream of “pass arounds.”
At Jilly’s Cupcake Bar, in Clayton, the gorgeous cupcakes might tempt you to skip straight to dessert, but be sure to sample this cute café’s other offerings – start with a cup of the popular brisket chili. The menu includes fresh made salads, sandwiches and quesadillas; plus, they have an impressive Sunday brunch. But – always remember to save room for the renowned cupcakes. In fact, these luscious cupcakes are so good, Jilly’s team won an episode Cupcake Wars on TV’s Food Network.
Find out why so many St. Louisians and travelers alike constantly rank Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill among their top spots for fine Italian dining. This beloved restaurant offers a nice combination of an elegant atmosphere and down-to-earth service. Try the Chicken Nunzio: a boneless breast topped with jumbo lump crab meat and melted fontina cheese. The restaurant’s certified sommeliers offer advice about terrific wine pairings from an extensive wine selection.
Travel “across the pond” – minus the pricey airplane ticket – when you visit Farmers Gastropub. This Springfield pub sources its ingredients from local vendors, meaning everything tastes impeccably fresh. The menu includes plenty of British classics, such as bangers and mash. More than two dozen local, national and international beers are on tap; and they have an exciting wine list.
Experience true farm-to-table dining when you enjoy a meal at one of Missouri’s “Slow Food” restaurants. Emphasizing locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, these spots serve some of the freshest, most delicious dishes in the state. A unique Slow Food destinations in St. Louis is the award-winning modern bistro, Niche; in Columbia, the Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes.