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Missouri Eats: Ugly Mugg

Ugly Mugg is downtown Columbia, Missouri’s latest coffee option, but with a twist: alcohol. “We tried to make sure we had a different niche than other coffee shops in town,” says owner Jenny Thompson. Ugly Mugg offers a variety of hot and cold coffee and spirit concoctions. Thompson says the Northern Irishman, nitrogen-infused cold-brew coffee with a house blend of …

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Show-Me 5: Soups & Chili

Companion, St. Louis: Longstanding lunch favorite Companion has two café locations in the St. Louis area that feature the bakery’s fresh bread, sandwiches, salads and four daily rotating soups, including chicken-artichoke-Brie, butternut squash and cabbage, and favorite New England clam chowder. 314.352.4770. The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis: Aside from boozy ice cream martinis and award-winning restrooms, the St. Louis …

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Missouri Eats: Druff’s

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri, Druff’s opened in May serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hot soup and cold beer. The name is a playful take on the restaurant’s location in the historic Woodruff building. Although first-timers might have a hankering for a traditional grilled cheese, the more adventurous will find inspired options at Druff’s. The menu boasts …

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A Romantic Getaway in Branson

It’s time to take that romantic getaway you’ve been talking about. Branson offers several unique opportunities to give you and your special someone a romantic weekend to cherish for years to come. Here are five ways to find your romantic getaway in Branson. STAY Whether you like to stay outside the city limits or right in the middle of the …

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Missouri Eats: Stage Left Diner

After a costume change, City Diner at the Fox is ready to perform as Stage Left Diner. Under new ownership, Stage Left aims to be Grand Center’s go-to spot for quality diner fare with a twist. Expect classics like smashburgers, spoon-drop biscuits and creamy milkshakes as well as new additions like sweet and savory crêpes and loaded breakfast skillets. Along …

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Missouri Eats: Mona’s

A mainstay in the iconic Italian-American St. Louis neighborhood The Hill recently got a complete makeover: Mona’s opened in October and replaced Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, which closed in August after 15 years in business. “We just decided that it was a good time to close Modesto,” says owner Brendan Marsden. “We really just wanted to do something fresh …

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Missouri Eats: SOT

Ron Berg opened SoT, a glamorous new bar named for its location south of Truman Road, in the building next door to his photography studio and event space to attract more folks to Grand Boulevard. Bar and general manager Erik Mariscal sets the tone with his playful drink menu. His cocktails run from simple to serious, with a bit of …

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Missouri Eats: Nathaniel Reid Bakery

Nathaniel Reid’s Amber tart is a sight to behold. The glistening caramel-glazed and gold leaf-topped domes sit proudly atop buttery foundations of sablé Breton. Filled with luscious caramel mousse and garnished with caramelized pecans, the regal dessert is one of many eye-catching pastries guests will find at Nathaniel Reid Bakery. The award-winning, internationally recognized pastry chef developed a full menu …

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8 Festive Holiday Happenings in Platte County

1. Santa would love to find a delectable chocolate cookie and a glass of Norton wine on Christmas Eve! Discover other delicious cookie/wine combinations at Jowler Creek’s 6th Annual Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing (Dec. 10-11th). 2. Sit back with your favorite beverage and watch a live staged reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Riverwood Winery (Dec. 11th). …

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Missouri Eats: CB Social House

If you’ve said all Springfield, Missouri, needs is another location of City Butcher and Barbecue, you’re in luck – sort of. City Butcher owners Cody Smith and Jeremy Smith recently opened the doors to CB Social House, a sister restaurant located downtown. They serve up a butcher-centric, Southern-inspired menu with nods to the barbecue joint, including a 42-ounce tomahawk rib-eye …

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