We all know, shopping makes you hungry for a great meal. Restaurants throughout the Show-Me State serve delectable food ... way beyond a drive-through burger and fries (although there is nothing wrong with those). Take a seat at some of our “different” dining hot-spots.
Enjoy classic, fresh dishes at Babbo’s Spaghetteria. This Columbia eatery specializes in delicious Italian fare, including lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and Neapolitan-style pizza. Generous portions and friendly service make Babbo’s a great destination for families – and the elegant decor and expansive wine list make it perfect any night.
While in Columbia, be sure to save room for something sweet. The Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe offers delightful pastries, specialty desserts, coffee drinks and freshly baked breads; plus, breakfast and lunch and house-made dinners. If you should need a wedding cake, this is the place.
When you crave down-home cooking, head to Dowd’s Catfish and BBQ in Lebanon. Dowd’s dishes up favorites such as southern fried catfish, smoked spare ribs, fried okra and crab legs. Take the family and enjoy the all-you-can-eat dinner – just remember to leave room for their famous pie and fruit cobbler.
Travel back to a simpler time when you savor a meal at Penny’s Diner. This classic 1950s-style restaurant in Dexter offers a full menu of familiar favorites. Penny’s stays open 24 hours and serves breakfast around the clock. Put some quarters in the jukebox, grab a seat at the counter and dig into a delicious meal. Don’t pass-up the giant cinnamon rolls, which are made fresh daily.
A childhood classic receives inventive and upscale twists at Cheese-ology. This St. Louis/University City restaurant reinvented macaroni and cheese. Varieties include the classic version of this iconic dish, plus many unique choices. Vegetarian and vegan selections are offered. This cute eatery provides a perfect lunch and dinner stop while exploring the Delmar Loop entertainment and retail district.
In Kansas City, the chefs at LuLu’s Thai Noodle Shop create beautiful dishes from original family recipes. For a refreshing starter, try the green mango salad with blue crab. Delight your palate with the Pad Thai, spicy red curry and any of several authentic Thai dishes. LuLu’s offers vegan and gluten-free dishes as well.
For a special occasion, treat yourself to dinner at Justus Drugstore – a Restaurant in Smithville. Nationally acclaimed executive chef Jonathan Justus creates beautiful, inventive dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Almost everything at Justus Drugstore starts from scratch. The menu, which changes seasonally, includes such luxurious ingredients as Kobe beef rib eye and goat cheese mousse.
Fine food meets fine art at Cafe Sebastienne inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. After an afternoon viewing the museum’s world-class collection, enjoy an equally magnificent meal at this elegant restaurant. Dishes include such items as Moroccan-spiced grilled chicken and pan-seared black grouper. (Lunch, supper and Sunday brunch.)
While enjoying a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, pamper yourself even further with dinner at Baxter’s Lakeside Grille. A relaxing atmosphere, wonderful service and an extensive bill of fare make Baxter’s the perfect place for lunch and dinner. The menu incorporates fresh, delicious ingredients in dishes such as the swordfish sandwich, bacon-and-blue-cheese potatoes and other delectable selections.
Brasserie-by Niche offers French bistro fare in the heart of St. Louis. The decor provides an atmosphere that is simultaneously elegant and comfortable. Try the decadent cassoulet duck confit and the wonderful bouillabaisse. The large patio makes outdoor dining (and people-watching) a treat.
Take a trip to South America (without needing to cross the equator) when you visit Piropos Grille in Parkville. Feel like you’ve been whisked away to an exotic locale, thanks to an atmosphere that replicates a South American village. They offer a menu full of authentic dishes, including empanadas, plantains and a wide array of grilled meats and seafood.