When it comes to food, your favorite thing is closer than you think – reservations not required. In most Missouri cities, you can barely walk a block without finding a fantastic restaurant.
In the always-bustling college town of Columbia, downtown is known as The District. It boasts dozens of boutiques, entertainment venues, galleries and – oh, yes – restaurants. For a unique experience, in-the-know diners flocked to the Broadway Diner. Although the menu is extensive, in the tradition of a true diner, they will accommodate your off-menu request if possible. (No alcohol is served.)
The prosciutto pizza is an award-winning selection at PizzaBella in Kansas City. All of their pies are made using hand-tossed dough and baked in wood-fired ovens. Sit outside on a nice evening. The menu includes a selection of antipasti and desserts, plus beer, wine and cocktails. (Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-6 p.m., stop in for food and drink specials.)
For a great pizza on the other side of the state, in St. Louis, PW Pizza focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients for their pizzas, calzones, salads, soups and desserts. Beer lovers find the 10 craft beers on draught and more than 40 selections by the bottle. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
Hearty fare takes center stage at Der Essen Platz, three miles west of Camdenton. Perched on top of Thunder Mountain, above Bridal Cave, the location offers a panoramic view of the Big Niangua River arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The restaurant specializes in German and French cuisine – get your schnitzel fix, enjoy fresh seafood and sample house-made pies, all while admiring the view.
When it comes to comfort food, you can’t beat the delicious items at Fiddler’s Fish House in Dexter. Arrive hungry and enjoy an impressive spread of Southern favorites, including catfish (a house specialty), fried chicken, chicken livers, fried green tomatoes and other delightful selections served buffet style. From the full menu, choices include steaks, seafood and other dishes.
Like beef? Although the menu covers dishes from ham to pasta, the house specialty at Fredrick Inn Steakhouse in St. Joseph is prime rib and custom-cut steaks. Oh, and don’t overlook the freshly baked pies. They have a full service bar.
In West Plains, Cafe 37 creates memorable meals with a side dish of history – this restaurant is located inside the West Plains Opera House, built in 1886. Admire the elegant building while dining on such inventive fare as blackberry barbecue country ribs and sweet chili-glazed salmon.
How about one more pizza parlor? When Arris’ Pizza Palace opened in Jefferson City – in September 1961 – it was one of the first Greek-style pizza houses in the Midwest. House-made dough forms a thin crust which is smeared with private recipe sauce, loaded with meats and veggies; then it is topped with slices of rich mozzarella cheese – yes, the cheese goes on top. In addition to pizza, they serve a full menu of Greek, Italian and American dishes.
Now you know, there is no way for us to cover all of the great eating establishments Missouri has to offer. So do us (everyone) a favor; when you find one, tell us about it on out Facebook Page.