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Food is a Basic Necessity
Author: MDT Staff

Start with a great meal you didn’t have to cook. Sprinkle in good conversation. Top it off with a pinch (or a pound) of dessert. These are the key ingredients for a great dining experience in Missouri.

Missouri’s restaurants appeal to different tastes and budgets, which means you don’t necessarily have to wear a new dress or pull out the jacket and necktie to have a memorable meal in the Show-Me State (although you sure do look nice all dressed up).

Celebrations Restaurant in Cape Girardeau has a modern flair in a setting that’s both unique – the décor features works of art from the owners’ collection – and historic, as the building dates to the 1850s. Menu choices rotate seasonally, featuring ingredients sourced from regional farms and farmers markets. Whether you try something lighter, such as the sautéed pacific rockfish, or dive into the herb-roasted New York strip steak, your taste buds appreciate every choice you make at Celebrations. A full bar and an extensive wine list help make your experience complete.

If a casual setting suits you, grab a table at Little Hills Winery and Restaurant in historic downtown St. Charles. When weather permits, outdoor dining is a popular choice at Little Hills, but there are plenty of indoor seats to keep you warm and dry, year-round. Menu choices range from a selection of great salads (big enough for a meal) and burgers to specialty sandwiches and entrees such as tilapia, pork tenderloin, chicken and steak. A great selection of Little Hills wines, from Main Street White to Little Hills Blueberry, is available.

In Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Arris’ Bistro and Liquid Lounge. The menu suits a variety of tastes, whether you’re interested in burgers and wraps, soups and salads, pastas and pizza, or steak and pork chops. Choices with a distinctly Greek flair include souvlaki (kabobs of marinated pork loin), moussaka (potatoes, beef, red sauce, eggplant, tzatziki sauce on a bed of parmesan garlic cream sauce) and assorted gyros. If you’re simply interested in coffee, dessert or a cocktail, Arris’ has you covered with an extensive menu of options.

Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield, has a way to transport you to Italy without the hassle of packing a suitcase and spending 13 hours on a plane. Located downtown, Bruno’s Italian Restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine in a setting with old-world feel, thanks to traditional Italian décor. Menu choices include seafood, a variety of spaghetti, rigatoni and fettuccine options (with toppings ranging from chicken to lobster) and pizzas cooked in a brick oven. Wine lovers delight at Bruno’s selection, especially the Brunello di Saponello, which comes from Bruno’s own vineyard in Sicily.

A night out in Kansas City is a great way to find fun and excitement, along with a great meal. Kansas City is well known for its barbecue restaurants, but dining options abound in Missouri’s largest city. At Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant, located in Kansas City’s Power and Light District, entrée options include filet medallions paired with shrimp, and lobster and shrimp paired with … wait for it … mac and cheese. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and flatbreads also are on the menu at Gordon Biersch, which is well-known for its lineup of German-inspired brews.

These are just a handful of the thousands of restaurants available and waiting to serve you in Missouri. Find more restaurants as you explore VisitMO.com and connect with us on Facebook to tell us about your favorite dining spots.


  Celebrations Restaurant
Celebrations is a fine dining restaurant established in 1997 by James and Pat Allen. Our menus are primarily ...

  Little Hills Winery and Restaurant
We have produced wines from French hybrid and native wine grapes, all grown in Missouri, since 1995. ...

  Arris' Bistro and Liquid Lounge
Arris’ Bistro offers a casual fine-dining atmosphere with a European influence. The contemporary ...

  Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant
Our on-site brewing and made-fresh-from-scratch fusion cuisine are the most evident examples of our ...