Restaurant Guide–Missouri

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Branson

Botanas–3515 W. Hwy 76 (Mexican) Open Daily.  Flavorful Mexican food that emphasizes authentic recipes (this is not a Tex-Mex restaurant). (4-23-17)

India Clay Oven–2005 Hwy 76 (Indian) Open Daily.  Some think the food is a little bland, but most agree it is good and by far one of the best restaurants in Branson. (4-23-17)

Thai Thai–1515 W. Hwy 76 (Thai) Open Daily.  The best recommendation for this restaurant comes from the many reviewers who say it is “good” and not just “good for Branson.” The dish with the most negative reviews, though, seems to be the pad thai (this does not mean it’s bad, just not universally popular). (4-23-17)

Vasken’s Deli–3200 Gretna Rd. (Sandwiches) Closed Sun.  A healthy alternative to many of Branson’s restaurants. Specializes in sandwiches. (4-23-17)

Cape Girardeau

Chan’s–1159 N. Kingshighway St. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Popular because it has an authentic Chinese menu (people say the Americanized menu is nothing special). Authentic food includes spicy dishes such as ma po tofu. (4-23-17)

Katy O’Ferrell’s–300 Broadway St. (Irish) Closed Sun.  Irish pub with good food (the usual Irish favorites). (4-23-17)

Little Kitchen–1036 N. Sprigg St. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Serves authentic Chinese food (apparently is Cantonese style). Seems very good, but there are so few reviews I can’t confirm this. (4-23-17)

Carthage

El Quetzal–129 S. Main St. (Guatemalan) Open daily except Sun evening.  The “core” cuisine is Guatemalan, but also serves food from Mexico and El Salvador (pupusas, etc.). Very good reviews by people who seem to know the difference between authentic and Americanized food. Also has a bakery (pan dulce, etc.). (4-23-17)

Chillicothe

El Toro–108 Washington St. (Mexican).  Serves Mexican food with real red and green sauce (not American style). People love the flavors, and say the steak burrito and the chicken are good choices. (4-23-17)

Nico’Z–612 2nd St. (New American) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Fri only.  The menu doesn’t sound like anything special, but reviewers say it is the way the food is prepared that makes it popular. Mostly serves sandwiches, salads, and wraps. (4-23-17)

Clinton

Smiths Restaurant Express–1719 E. Ohio St. (American).  Serves typical Midwestern food, mostly fried (pork tenderloin and chicken are popular). People think it is better than most of the alternatives, though. Pie is what people like best here. (4-23-17)

Columbia

Bamboo Terrace–3101 W. Broadway (Chinese) Open Daily.  Apparently it has some authentic dishes, but I don’t know if it involves finding the right thing on the menu or making a special request. In any case, reviewers say they see a lot of Chinese students eating here. (6-25-17)

Bangkok Gardens–811 Cherry St. (Thai) Closed Sun (and closed from 1:45 pm to 5 pm).  It is said to have the complex flavors found in good Thai food. (6-25-17)

Cafe Poland–807 Locust St. (Polish) Closes at 7:30 pm (2:30 on Sun); breakfast Mon-Sat.  Pierogies are popular, but has all the popular Polish dishes. (6-25-17)

FlyOver–212 E. Green Meadows Rd. (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Small plate restaurant that has its own recipes for dishes (mac & cheese, country fried steak, etc). It looks as if it is a unique experience that people enjoy. (6-25-17)

MidiCi Pizza–1007 E. Broadway (Pizza) Open Daily.  Wood fired Neapolitan style pizza. (6-25-17)

Ms Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack–1416 Hathman Pl. (Southern) Closed Sun & Mon.  This is the place to come if you want fried food (chicken, catfish, etc.). Yelp says it is so new they don’t have a sign up yet, so just come to their new address (they just reopened in Apr. 2017). (6-25-17)

Nourish Cafe–1201 E. Broadway (Health Food & Smoothies) Open daily except Sun evening.  Healthy food and drinks. Some items are a little pricey but reviewers say it is fresh and delicious. (6-25-17)

Pho Quan–1301 Vandiver Dr. (Vietnamese) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Some say the pho does not have the depth of flavor found in big city restaurants, but other items on the menu are generally better. (6-25-17)

Seoul Taco–1020 E. Broadway (Korean) Open Daily.  Supposedly it has both traditional Korean food and Korean fusion (such as the taco). The gogi bowl is the most Korean dish served, but tacos and burritos with Korean flavors are also offered.  (6-25-17)

Szechuan House–22 N. 9th St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviewers do not hesitate to say it is authentic, but of course Sichuanese food is normally very spicy. It offers some non-Sichuanese items that are not spicy for those who would prefer this. (6-25-17)

Cuba

The Fourway–102 W. Washington Ave. (Mediterranean) Closed Sun & Mon.  This place has an interesting concept–it has a few Middle Eastern dishes (kabobs, spinach pie, etc.) along with burgers with a Mediterranean seasoning. (4-23-17)

Hannibal

Jet’s Palace–2905 Palmyra Rd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Americanized Chinese food, but reviewers think the twice cooked pork is as good as authentic food. (4-25-17)

Harrisonville

Randazzo’s Pizza–1806 N. Commercial St. (Italian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Has rave reviews for its New York style pizza, and good reviews for its Italian food as well. (4-25-17)

Jamesport

Gingerich Dutch Pantry–downtown Jamesport (Mennonite) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri only; breakfast Sat only.  Amish style home cooked food. Has several buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the menu includes a large choice of items (also serves daily specials). (4-28-17)

Jefferson City

Das Steinhaus–1436 Southridge Dr. (German) Dinner only (open daily).  The menu is limited but the Wienerschnitzel, Jagerschnitzel, and cabbage roll are recommended. (6-25-17)

Paddy Malone’s–700 W. Main St. (Irish) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Popular Irish pub–fish and chips are said to be very good. (4-25-17)

Sawaddee Thai–2215 Missouri Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it has good food, but it is not anywhere close to Thai spicy (they still enjoy the flavor though). Some on Urbanspoon said it has big city quality Thai food. (4-25-17)

Joplin

Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza–524 S. Joplin Ave. (Pizza) Lunch Tue-Sat; dinner Tue-Thu. Reviewers say it is true Neapolitan style pizza. (4-25-17)

Eagle Drive In–4224 S. Hearnes Blvd (American) Open Daily.  Known for its gourmet burgers (including lamb and elk), gourmet hot dogs, and goulash fries. Has falafel salad and other Middle Eastern dishes. (5-7-17)

MEs Place–1203 Broadway St. (Soul Food) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  While this is not an upscale restaurant, the setting is very nice and reviewers say the food is better than is typically found with this type of restaurant. Fried chicken and ham are the most recommended items. (5-7-17)

Mythos–1306 S. Range Line Rd. (Greek) Closed Sun.  A Greek restaurant that has traditional dinners such as moussaka and kabobs (not just a gyro place). Note: M&M Bistro has similar food and gets similar reviews (but specializes in Middle Eastern food in general and is not a Greek restaurant). (5-7-17)

Thai Time–1804 E. 32nd St. (Thai) Open Daily.  Looks good. Reviews don’t say it uses MSG (but they point out that other Thai restaurants in town do). Pad ga-prao, pumpkin curry, mango curry. (4-25-17)

Lebanon

Bandana’s BBQ–1015 S. Jefferson Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it has good BBQ (up to Kansas City standards). Ribs, brisket and chicken are good. Note: Several locations throughout Missouri. (4-26-17)

Sushi House–747 S. Jefferson Ave. (Japanese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the best Asian restaurant in town. Sushi and bento boxes are both popular. (4-25-17)

Lincoln

Charley’s Buffet–23785 Hwy B (Mennonite) Open 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm Fri & Sat only.  Amish home cooked style food served in a buffet (so bring an appetite!). Save room for dessert–cake, pie, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc. Lincoln is located south of Sedalia on US 65. (4-28-17)

Nevada

White Grill–200 N. Commercial St. (American) Open daily (incl. breakfast).  This was the No. 1 rated diner in Missouri on Urbanspoon. Ingredients are fresh. Onion burgers are popular. People also like the vanilla Coke. (4-26-17)

Ozark

Lambert’s–1800 W. Hwy. J (American) Open Daily.  Touristy place with home cooking style food (I don’t see many raves for the food but they say it is solid). Barbecue is one of the options for meat (others are chicken fried steak, chicken and dumplings, etc). It is geared for people who want all you can eat (including their Pass Arounds). Smaller meals are available but may not be worth it. (6-17-17)

Poplar Bluff

Bread+Butter–2586 N. Westwood Blvd. (New American) Open daily (serves breakfast Mon-Sat).  Food is fresh and healthy (bread is freshly baked). The bacon is said to be thick cut and much better than average. (6-25-17)

The Wine Rack–1212 N. Westwood Blvd. (New American) Closed Sun.  Has items such as veggie burgers and Tuscan herb chicken. Has a good selection of drinks (wine, coffee, etc). (6-25-17)

Republic

Village Pottery Cafe–127 S. Walnut Ave. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun).  Good place to eat if you want something healthy and are tired of fried food (wraps are popular). (6-17-17)

Saint Joseph

Il Lazzarone–1628 Frederick Ave. (Pizza) Open Daily.  Wood fired pizza– many think it’s worth a drive from KC or Omaha to eat here. (4-26-17)

Oriental Restaurant–918 S. Belt Hwy. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  This seems to be the only Asian food in quite a large area around St. Joseph. The food is American style, but reviewers say it is good. Serves pad thai and curry, so although it is not advertised very much their authentic dishes may be Thai ones. (4-26-17)

Pink Salt–614 Francis St. (New American).  I’m not listing the hours because reviewers say they are not consistent. However, they say the food is fresh and delicious, and very worthwhile if you go when they are open. (4-26-17)

The Cabbage Roll–2641 Lafayette (German) Open Fri evening only.  The hours are strange (but apparently made necessary by family obligations). Reviewers say it is worth it to go if you’re there at the right time. They request reservations since the food is fresh and they need to know how much to cook (it is a buffet). (4-26-17)

Saint Robert

Ichiban–240 Marshall Dr. (Japanese) Open Daily.  Mostly known for sushi, but cooked dishes are good as well. (4-28-17)

Mama Mia’s–101 Comfort Inn Blvd. (Mediterranean) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Good food with authentic Mediterranean flavor (according to reviews). Gyro and chicken gyro are popular. (This is mostly a Greek restaurant) (4-28-17)

The Hub–106 VFW Rd. (German) Lunch Wed-Fri; dinner Wed-Mon.  My take from the reviews is that it is not a place to find out how food tastes in Germany, but enough people like it that I’m confident the food is good. (This restaurant serves full meals, in contrast to Ursula’s in Waynesville that is a German sandwich/ deli restaurant). (4-28-17)

Sedalia

Clara’s Sunrise Cafe–111 S. Grand Ave. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Although people enjoy the regular breakfast, they also serve breakfasts from the owner’s home country of Colombia. Open for lunch, but most reviews of the food are for breakfast. (4-28-17)

Lucky Chinese–2710 W. Broadway (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Labeled as a Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurant, the best dishes appear to be Thai. Very good reviews (even for the Chinese food). (4-28-17)

Springfield

Asia Express–2462 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  They start cooking the pho at 5:30 am, and reviewers say it makes a difference in the flavor (tofu pho is also recommended). Vermicelli bowls are also popular. (6-17-17)

Bao Bao–2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  May be the only source of authentic Chinese food in Springfield (has a Chinese menu and the regular menu). (6-17-17)

Buckingham BBQ–2002 S. Campbell Ave. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers say the barbecue is excellent (much more than just good for Springfield). Ribs, pulled, pork, and brisket are especially recommended.(There are 2 other locations in town). (4-29-17)

Casper’s–601 W. Walnut St. (American) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri & Sat.  Chili, milk shake (this is a diner from the 1960’s). (4-29-17)

Gem of India–211 W. Battlefield St. (Indian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Reviews are almost universally good (and the negatives ones are mostly because of the service and not the food). If you want true Indian spices, though, don’t get the buffet (order from the menu). I’m not sure they have many vegetarian choices, though. (4-29-17)

Hong Yen–2922 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Open Daily.  Reviews for pho are not as good as the other places, but this seems to be the place to come for a greatly expanded Vietnamese menu. (6-17-17)

Leong’s Asian Diner–1540 W. Republic Rd. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is the original place for Springfield cashew chicken, and according to the web site the family still operates the restaurant. From what I can see of the menu, though, there is nothing I would call authentic Cantonese. (4-29-17)

Pho Kim–3433 S. Campbell Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue.  Recommended place for pho and banh mi. (6-17-17)

Thai Peppers–1411 E. Sunshine St. (Thai) Open Daily.  A good change from the city’s more well known cashew chicken. Mango curry and pad see-ew are recommended. (4-29-17)

That Lebanese Place–338 E. Commercial St. (Lebanese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Has all the standard dishes, but also serves Lebanese “street food” (Pepper Joe, made with ground beef and veggies on pita). Falafel is apparently very authentic. (4-29-17)

Tortilleria Perches–1601 W. Sunshine St. (Mexican) Closed Sun evening & closed Mon.  Authentic Mexican food (or at least the closest you will probably find in Springfield). Some comment that some dishes are spicy (implying that the other restaurants do not have any spicy dishes). (6-17-17)

Washington

Sugarfire Smoke House–512 W. Front St. (BBQ) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  This is a branch of one of St. Louis’ premier barbecue restaurants. Pulled pork and ribs are recommended at this location. (4-29-17)

Waynesville

Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus–311 North St. (German) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Deli and sandwich shop specializing in schnitzels and German side dishes. Note: The Hub in St. Robert serves full German meals. (4-28-17)

Webb City

Roswitha’s Schnitzelbank–12167 State Hwy. 43 (German) Open Fri & Sat 5 pm to 9:30 pm only.  German food served in a barn, and reviewers say it is excellent (just like Germany). Cash only. (5-7-17)

West Plains

Bootleggers BBQ–1464 Gibson St. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  A barbecue place you will probably want to try if you are in the area. Brisket and pulled pork egg rolls are recommended. Has three sauces: house, KC sweet, Memphis heat. (4-29-17)

Red Apple Grill–42 Court Square (American).  Old fashioned soda fountain restaurant (hamburgers are popular). Probably good not as much for the food as the atmosphere. (4-29-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Missouri)

Egullet

Roadfood

Trip Advisor (Springfield)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Missouri)

Zomato (Springfield)

 

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