Take a Food-Fueled Road Trip in Missouri

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No matter where your Missouri vacation leads, you’re never far from great food. Memorable meals and excellent drinks abound in the Show-Me State. Eat up and enjoy!

Barbecue, Steaks, Schnitzel and More

A renovated 1930s Standard Oil Filling Station creates an unusual, yet charming, setting for Olio, a wine bar and eatery in St. Louis. The building’s garage door, salvaged windows, marble countertops and modern lighting fixtures make for an unforgettable dining atmosphere. Rustic, bold and comforting, Olio’s cuisine is Mediterranean at heart (with nods to the middle-east, southern Europe, and north Africa). They feature a small but curated beer selection; Lebanese Arak, Italian Amari, and French aromatized wines; and other lesser known spirits.

B. Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

For a century, Kansas City has perfected its version of "low and slow" barbecue, and Char Bar Smoked Meats and Amusements pays homage to the many great pitmasters who have gone before them. The southern-inspired smokehouse combines a love of great beer with legendary barbecue competitor Mitch Benjamin's expertise and his award-winning "Meat Mitch" sauces. The menu also features inspired meat-free options. A 10,000-square-foot beer garden offers backyard amusements, such as lawn croquet, bocce and ping-pong, to create a new kind of playground where carnivores, herbivores and locavores co-mingle and are affectionately known as "Charbarians."

C. 44 Stone Public House

Experience the spirit of the comfortable, casual and convivial pubs found in the British Isles at 44 Stone Public House in Columbia. The menu is often inspired by the food you might find in an English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh public house, but with a contemporary American flair. The restaurant offers an extensive selection of beer, wine and whiskey.

D. Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery

Located in Hermann, the Vintage Restaurant is housed in Stone Hill Winery's circa 1847 carriage house and horse barn. The restaurant serves German specialties, including schweineschnitzel and spaetzle, as well as steaks, American dishes and Stone Hill wines. Reservations are highly recommended.

E. Old Brick House Restaurant

Enjoy classic American dining in the oldest brick building west of the Mississippi at the Old Brick House Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve – the first permanent European settlement in Missouri. The restaurant specializes in fried chicken, steaks, fish and onion rings.

F. JB Hook’s

Ocean fish and steaks are coupled with a full bar and an extensive wine list at JB Hook’s in Osage Beach. Take in the impressive bluff-top view from the outdoor patio and the dining room that overlook the Lake of the Ozarks.

G. Matt’s Steakhouse

A warm ambiance and spacious dining rooms await at Matt’s Steakhouse in Rolla. The menu features a variety of steaks, seafood and pasta dishes.

H. Bruno’s Italian Restaurant

Find authentic Italian food and atmosphere at Bruno’s Italian Restaurant, located in a beautifully restored circa 1905 building in downtown Springfield. Sample the wines made from grapes grown at Bruno's vineyard.

I. Osage Restaurant

As the cornerstone dining experience at Top of the Rock, the Osage Restaurant serves inspired, upscale American cuisine. Located in Ridgedale, 10 miles south of Branson, the restaurant features a stunning dining room with sweeping Ozark Mountain views where guests will want to linger long after their meal.

J. Wilder’s Steakhouse

Housed in a historic building that showcases fine craftsmanship from the early 1900s and features an art deco-style bar, Wilder’s Steakhouse takes you back to an earlier era. The Joplin restaurant specializes in hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and more. Reservations are recommended but not required.