Best Of

Barbecue

Barbecue

1st: Wabash BBQ, Excelsior Springs and Chillicothe; 816-630-7700 and 660-646-6777 Northwest Missouri barbecue aficionados have been flocking to Wabash BBQ for award-winning smoked creations for decades. For a sandwich fit for an army, go for The Wabash featuring your...

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

1st: The Landmark, Lowry City; 417-644-2349 Hungry diners have been flocking to The Landmark in downtown Lowry City for more than four decades. While they serve mouthwatering meals all week, your best bet is to show up on Sunday or Wednesday for the down-home,...

Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin

1st: Smith’s Restaurant, Clinton, Collins, Bolivar and Springfield Ever since C.A. and Peggy Smith of Collins started preparing their signature pork tenderloins a half century ago, folks in southwest Missouri have taken notice. Today, the Smith family stays true to...

Breakfast/Brunch

Breakfast/Brunch

1st: Billy Gail’s, Branson West, Ozark; 417-338-8883 Billy Gail’s has been a Branson West institution since it first opened in 1995. A second location was recently opened in Ozark and, just like the original, is known for its plentiful portions. Looking to impress...

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

1st: Central Dairy, Jefferson City; 573-635-6148 A trip to Jefferson City just isn’t complete without some Central Dairy ice cream. The ice cream parlor is a staple for school children who take a field trip to the Missouri State Capitol. The shop is known for its...

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

1st: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, Columbia; 573-499-0400 Outdoor dining became more popular than ever in the past year with restaurants finding ways to safely accommodate guests. Flat Branch has been a staple in downtown Columbia for students, professors and...

Food Truck

Food Truck

1st: Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., Columbia; 573-999-9323 When Bryan Maness decided to start a food truck, he knew he wanted it to be unique. Leaning on his Ozark roots, he made a southern staple the highlight of his truck. Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. dishes up unique...

Restaurant

Restaurant

1st: Lil’ Black River Cafe, Grandin; 573-593-4023 When Alan and Valerie Porter returned to Alan’s stomping grounds in south-central Missouri, they had one goal in mind for the Lil’ Black River Cafe: “Big-city quality at a small-town price.” In the process, they put...

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