Dining and Drinking

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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10 Wine Trails for Your Missouri Adventure

Missouri has more than 130 wineries and many of them have grouped together in their areas to form ten wine trails. Pre-made wine adventures… yes, please! The Hermann Wine Trail  This trail is known for thematic events where each winery on the trail features a different Missouri wine and food pairing, such as the Berries and BBQ Trail and Bacon …

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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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8 Small-Town Wineries to Explore

Off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle you’ll find these wineries. They’re ready to take you in and give you a unique and relaxing experience away from the stress and hurry of daily life. Each offering their own brand of small town charm, these eight wineries are worth the extra time and drive… that’s part of …

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Chardonel: Missouri’s Classic White Wine

Chardonel is a hybrid grape with two well-known parents, Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, but this grape doesn’t hide in the shadows. Missouri’s classic white wine, Chardonel, is the perfect pairing for spring weather, food, and fun. That’s why April has been named Chardonel Month! Pronounced shar-doe-nel, this white grape embodies the best characteristics of both Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, producing …

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8 Kansas City Sports Bars to Watch the Royals Game

The Kansas City Royals home opener is Mon., April 10, making this a perfect time to head to one of the city’s many sports bars to cheer on the boys in blue. Here are eight options in the Kansas City area to root for the home team (listed in no particular order). Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill: Brooksider Sportsbar & Grill …

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Missouri Eats: Der Käse

Tom Blatchford, owner of Der Käse, knows a thing or two about cheese: In addition to owning the new Hermann, Missouri, cheese shop, he’s a cheesemaker and dairy farmer. The products in his line of farmstead artisan cheeses, Cool Cow Cheese, include varieties of Gouda, Edam and queso blanco, which are available at the storefront that first opened in August …

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