Get Your Fill at Missouri's Restaurants


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Restaurants , pizza , family dining
Here are some unique restaurant options found only in Missouri. They answer the question: What’s for dinner?
Author: Charles Scott

Try These Cool Restaurants in Missouri

When it comes to dinner, our favorite thing to make is a reservation. In most Missouri cities, you can barely walk a block without finding a fantastic and unique restaurant.

A Fun Restaurant in Columbia

In the always-bustling college town of Columbia, the downtown district boasts dozens of boutiques, music venues, galleries and – oh, yes – unique restaurants. For years, in-the-know diners have flocked to Addison's American Grill. Take one look at the mouthwatering menu and you'll know why this place is so popular. Kick up the spice level with a jalapeno-smothered pork chop or the Diablo Shrimp Pasta; keep it cool with Melinda's Chicken Salad Sandwich. Addison's stays open late, making it the perfect stop after a concert and a sporting event.

Pizza You Can
Find Only At A Unique Restaurant

The prosciutto pizza at PizzaBella was named “best pizza in Missouri,” by Food Network Magazine, in the September 2011 issue. All of the pies at this Kansas City pizzeria are made with hand-tossed dough and then baked in wood-fired ovens. The prosciutto pizza starts with a layer of tomato sauce, topped with three cheeses; after removing it from the oven, they add
almost-translucent sheets of Parma Prosciutto (dry-cured, spiced Italian ham), fresh arugula (called rocket salad in Italy) and a dash of olive oil – simple, but oh so good. Try any of their pizzas; you'll immediately understand what all the fuss is about.

In central Missouri, find Greek pizza at its finest when you take dine at Arris’ Pizza in Jefferson City. When Arris’ opened, in September 1961, it was one of the first Greek-style pizza houses in the Midwest. House-made dough forms a thin crust, smeared with private recipe sauce which is topped with meats and veggies of choice; then it is covered with slices of authentic mozzarella cheese – that’s right, the cheese is the top layer. With 30 toppings from which to choose, the combinations are seemingly endless. Also, Arris offers a full menu of Greek specialties and American dishes. (Also located in Columbia, Fulton, Osage Beach and Springfield.)

On the east side of the state, in St. Louis, PW Pizza is home to delicious, inventive pizzas such as the Spicy Lei, which is topped with pineapple and chorizo. If you like pizza, PW is a can't-miss stop. Enjoy excellent service and an equally excellent beer selection, featuring 50 brews.

Unique Restaurants with a European Flare

Hearty fine-dining takes center stage at Der Essen Platz in Camdenton. Perched on top of Thunder Mountain, above Bridal Cave, the location offers a panoramic view of the Big Niangua River and the Lake of the Ozarks. The unique restaurant specializes in German and French cuisine – get your schnitzel fix, enjoy fresh seafood, and sample house-made pies, all while admiring the view.

Savor true Italian cuisine at Cascone's Italian Restaurant, a Kansas City favorite since 1954. In addition to lasagna (their best seller), Cascone's serves
a long list of made in-house Italian specialties, seafood dishes and salads

Other Fun Restaurants in Missouri

Kansas City boasts a truly fun restaurant, the Cook Shack Cafe. The staff makes everyone feel like family. Cook Shack dishes-up breakfasts and lunches you won't find just anywhere. Indulge in deep-fried French toast; humongous biscuits smothered in sausage gravy; inventive omelets (including one stuffed with ribeye steak); and many other down-home specialties.

When it comes to down-home comfort food, you can’t beat the delicious choices at Fiddler’s Fish House, in Dexter. Arrive hungry and enjoy an impressive spread of southern favorites, including catfish, fried chicken, chicken livers, fried green tomatoes and other delightful dishes.

In West Plains, Cafe 37 is a unique restaurant  that creates memorable meals, served with a side dish of history – this restaurant is located in the old West Plains Opera House, built in 1886. Admire the elegant building while dining on such inventive fare as blackberry barbecued country ribs and sweet chili-glazed salmon.

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

With our hand-tossed dough and innovative topping combinations, PizzaBella carries on a tradition of ...

 Cook Shack Cafe – Kansas City
We specialize in serving a hearty breakfast: deep fried French toast that tastes like a funnel cake; ...

 PW Pizza
Fresh seasonl ingredients prepared in a unique and creative atmosphere. Pizzas; salads; soups; calzones; ...

 Der Essen Platz
Located on Thunder Mountain, above the Bridal Cave, our restaurant provides an outstanding, panoramic ...

 Cascone's Italian Restaurant
Since we opened in 1954, we have offered a full menu of Italian specialties from pizza to pastas to ...

 Fiddler's Fish House
Home-style buffet with fried green tomatoes, farm-raised catfish, fried chicken and chicken livers, ...

 Cafe 37
Cafe 37 offers excellent food, a wonderful atmosphere, great service, a relaxing decor and a unique ...

 Arris' Pizza — Jefferson City
When Arris’ Pizza Palace opened in September 1961, it was one of the first Greek-style pizza houses ...