Fine Dining in the Show-Me State


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Food and Drink , specialty foods , family dining , Restaurants
Fabulous fare abounds in Missouri.
Author: MDT Staff
Whether you’re celebrating a promotion, an anniversary, a special occasion (think Valentine's Day) or just need a night out, Missouri’s restaurants offer the perfect place. Spend an evening enjoying a wonderful meal, served with plenty of Midwestern hospitality and charm.

In the downtown area of Columbia, take a trip to the Mediterranean – right here in Missouri. Casablanca Mediterranean Grill serves favorites from Greece, Morocco, Libya and other exotic locales. Dishes include homemade hummus and gyros filled with tender meat and fresh veggies.

For many St. Louis residents, saying date night immediately brings Baileys’ Chocolate Bar to mind. Full of candlelight and red roses, this gem in the Lafayette Square district is a perfect destination for a romantic evening and a great night out with friends. Grab some pals and share several of Baileys’ decadent desserts. They serve more than two dozen heavenly chocolate martinis, 90 beers, wine and spirits, as well as a light-fare menu of pizzettas and cheese plates.

In Cape Girardeau, Bistro Saffron delights diners with tasty, beautiful Asian fusion dishes. Bright flavors (such as ginger and citrus) elevate steak, seafood and pork recipes. Craving classic Thai? Saffron serves some of the best curries and soups in the area. Sushi fans won’t want to miss the long list of inventive rolls, including a “spider roll” filled with soft-shell crab.

Enter the presence of royalty at Lidia’s Italy in Kansas City – after all, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich enjoys a reputation as America’s “first lady of Italian cuisine.” Lidia’s kitchen turns out plates as beautiful as they are delicious, including braised veal shank, stuffed quail and creamy risotto. Everything is made on-site, including the pasta and sauces. Be sure to look up from your plate every once in a while; the restaurant’s design mirrors an Italian farmhouse.

Many important decisions take place in our state’s capital, Jefferson City. When the decision-makers work up an appetite, they often head for Madison’s Café, just two-and-a-half blocks from the Capitol. It's also a prime destination for those looking for a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere. A favorite among foodies for more than 30 years, Madison’s treats diners to many amazing dishes. Try the lobster ravioli in a saffron-infused cream sauce; celebrate a special occasion with the chateaubriand for two.

Whether you crave something sweet or savory, Aviary Cafe and Creperie always delights the taste buds. Inventive crepe varieties at this eatery include, among many other choices: shrimp with spinach and lemon cream sauce; blackened steak with caramelized onions; and homemade caramel with smoked sea salt. The chef uses locally sourced ingredients to make crepe creations, meaning everything is wonderfully fresh. They have two locations in Springfield.

  The Casablanca Mediterranean Grill
Casablanca Mediterranean Grill has been a taste-vacation for many since its opening in 1998. Casablanca ...

  Baileys' Chocolate Bar
Cozy and romantic nightspot with a full bar specializing in more than two dozen chocolate martinis; ...

  Lidia's Italy
This authentic Italian restaurant is in a former railroad house, just north of the historic Union Station. ...

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

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