When it comes to dinner, a night out of the house is always a welcome choice. Gather up the gang and hit the town for an evening of good food and conversation. From light snacks to complete meals, Missouri’s dining destinations offer countless options and every dish comes with a side of wonderful Midwestern hospitality.
In the always-bustling college town of Columbia, the downtown district boasts dozens of boutiques, music venues, galleries and – oh, yes – restaurants. For years, in-the-know diners have flocked to Addison's American Grill. Take one look at the mouthwatering menu and you'll know why this place is so popular. Kick up the spice level with a jalapeno-smothered pork chop or the Diablo Shrimp Pasta; keep it cool with Melinda's Chicken Salad Sandwich. Addison's stays open late, making it the perfect stop after concerts and sporting events.
In Hannibal, Rustic Oak Grill and Pub features aged Angus beef. House specialties include, among other entrees: catfish, frog legs and prime rib. The restaurant serves a killer Sunday brunch.
When you are near Sikeston, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Lambert’s Cafe – the home of “Throwed Rolls.” Of course, there’s much more to Lambert’s than just delicious, flying bread. You’ll find a menu full of down-home favorites, including fried catfish and one of the tastiest chicken-fried steaks around, plus a constant stream of “pass arounds.” (Also, visit Lambert’s II in the town of Ozark, 15 minutes south of Springfield.)
Enjoy a meal with a generous portion of sports nostalgia, at Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum in North Kansas City. The floor-to-ceiling sports memorabilia dates back nearly a century. Chappell’s collection of fascinating artifacts draws sports fans from all over – in fact, this is one of the nation’s largest collections of sports items to be seen in a restaurant. The menu offers a large variety of delicious dishes, including selections for the kids.
Find out why so many St. Louisians and travelers alike constantly rank Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill among the top spots for fine Italian dining. This beloved restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere and down-to-earth service. Try the Chicken Nunzio: a boneless breast topped with jumbo lump crab meat and melted fontina cheese. The restaurant’s certified sommeliers offer advice about terrific wine pairings from an extensive wine cellar.
Travel “across the pond” – minus the pricey airplane ticket – when you visit Farmers Gastropub. This British-style community pub in Springfield sources its ingredients from local vendors, meaning everything is impeccably fresh. The menu includes plenty of British classics, such as bangers and mash. More than two dozen local, national and international beers are on tap; and they have an exciting wine list.
Hearty fare takes center stage at Der Essen Platz in Camdenton. Perched on top of Thunder Mountain, above Bridal Cave, the location offers a panoramic view of the Big Niangua River. 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. They offer more than 20 German beers, as well as a large selection of German and French wines.
At the Lake of the Ozarks, select a table at The Blue Heron, a casual yet elegant restaurant with spectacular bluff-top views of the lake. Signature items include batter-fried lobster tail, Dover sole deboned at your table, and their famous onion rings. Start your evening with a cocktail on the large outdoor patio overlooking the lake. Their wine list has garnered a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.