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 addalmost-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.