9 Best Restaurants You’ve Never Heard of in Missouri


Whether you are visiting family, doing business, vacationing or just driving through, Missouri has restaurants to suit every palate and craving. While many people across the country are familiar with Arthur Bryant’s and Lambert’s, there are a host of other eateries, not so well known, that deserve your business. Here, in no particular order, some of Missouri’s top restaurants:

1. Annie Gunn’s Smokehouse Market: Don’t let the “smokehouse” label fool you. This restaurant offers beautifully and creatively prepared food along with a remarkable wine list.

2. Hobos at the American Legion: Not all great restaurants are… well… restaurants. This American Legion hall is famous for its down-to-earth cuisine, including barbeque, burgers and seafood.

3. Shakespeare’s Pizza: This Columbia, Missouri institution is said to have some of the best pizza around. There are three locations in the area, two with full bars and all offer a great assortment of beer.

4. Mudhouse Coffee: Springfield area folks who are fond of the bean are in luck. This small chain features gourmet coffee and a tasty menu of fresh panini, pizza, and fondue.

5. Prison Brews: This Jefferson City Brewpub features freshly brewed beers and a selection of hearty bar food. Can’t decide on a beer? Try a micro sampler!

6. The Big Biscuit: Folks living in Independence know where to find the best breakfast in town. Biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, and the “cinnamon roll” pancake are a delight. The restaurant closes at 2:30, and offers a full lunch menu as well.

7. Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant: Kids and train buffs alike love having their diner food delivered to them by an overhead motorized train engine. Fritz’s is in three locations: Two in Kansas City and one in Shawnee.

8. Bambinos Cafe: Hearty Italian food is on the menu at Bambinos in Springfield. The menu includes appetizers, fresh pastas, salads and more. Try the fresh paninis at lunchtime.

9. Justus Drugstore: Justus Drugstore is a farm-to-table eatery in Smithville that features a rotating menu of creative cuisine. Dishes are carefully and lovingly made from fresh local meats, cheeses, and produce.

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