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Missouri Eats: The Dark Room

Lovers of the arts have a new and improved place to enjoy a glass of wine while throwing the local creative community a dime in St. Louis. The Dark Room, which now operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Kranzberg Arts Foundation, moved just around the corner from its former home into the renovated historic Grandel Theatre in February. The …

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Missouri Eats: Taste

It has been a whirlwind year for Christian and Andrea Joseph. A year after opening their popular modern Italian restaurant, Plate, in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood in December 2015, they debuted a new wine-tasting room, Taste, underneath the restaurant. With the luxurious feel of a European wine cellar, Taste will also serve as a private-event room. It seats 12 to …

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Missouri Eats Vegan: Urban Cafe

Chef Justin Clark opened his first restaurant, Urban Cafe, earlier this year at the corner of East 41st Street and Troost Avenue in the Manheim Park neighborhood in Kansas City. Serving breakfast and lunch only, the restaurant offers a small yet impressive chalkboard menu of breakfast sandwiches, grab-and-go parfaits, fresh smoothies, whole-grain breakfast bowls, grilled sandwiches and wraps with a …

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Where to Brunch: Half-Crocked Chef’s Cafe & Marketplace

Any restaurant that serves flights of honey is worth a visit. Honey flights at Half Crocked Chef’s Cafe & Marketplace in Springfield include 10 samples of flavorful, infused honeys. There’s even a Honey Bar where customers can drizzle an assortment of spicy, sweet, herbaceous or citrus-packed honeys over plates of fruit, sausages or warm biscuits. Before opening Half Crocked inside …

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Summer Bike Festivals in Missouri

Summer in Missouri is one of the best times of the year. Kids are out of school, the weather is beautiful and everything and everyone just seems a bit happier. During these few short months throughout the year, Missouri is alive and well with outdoor adventures for families, couples and kids alike. There are many of lakes and rivers for …

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Show-Me 5: Mexican Restaurants

Cesar’s Old Mexico, Springfield: Since opening at the end of 2015, Cesar’s Old Mexico has become the lunch spot for those craving authentic Mexican and Salvadorian dishes in Springfield. Arrive after 12pm, and you’ll likely have to elbow your way to a table. The place is tiny, which is part of the charm – as are the oversized Margaritas and …

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Show-Me 5: New Missouri Breweries

Calibration Brewery, North Kansas City: Glen Stinson, who started homebrewing 25 years ago, now owns Calibration Brewery, housed in an 8,500-square-foot building featuring a spacious taproom, patio, beer garden and event space. Stinson recruited brewmaster Pat Sandman, of now-shuttered 75th Street Brewery in Kansas City, to help build and operate Calibration’s 7-barrel brewhouse. The brewery’s beers, each titled after a …

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Ostrea is Making St. Joseph a Destination For Fresh Oysters

Hundreds of miles from any coast, Kansas City has never been considered a seafood destination. Yet a new crop of chefs and restaurateurs, including Bryan Sparks of Ostrea St. Joseph, are bringing ever-fresher fish to the Midwest. As its name would suggest, Ostrea specializes in oysters, served both fresh – one or two days out of the water and bare …

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Missouri Eats: Eat-Rite Diner

The Powers family, owners of Eat-Rite Diner near Busch Stadium in St. Louis, claim slingers began in their diners. They’re just not exactly sure when. “We started serving slingers around 1985,” Tina Powers says. “Customers started ordering it – ‘Hey, put a scoop of chili on that.’” “It was at the Fenton store in the ‘70s,” counters her brother, David …

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A Missouri Small Batch Distillery: White Mule Distillery

For backwoods booze without the kick, try White Mule Distillery in Purdy, Missouri. Master distiller Joe “Fred” Owens has created a product with a finish so smooth, you’ll be surprised it’s moonshine. Owner Gary Grantham starts visitors in the smokehouse, where corn mash is smoked over local hickory, before moving into the distillery, which sources water from an on-site spring. …

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