Dining and Drinking

Missouri Mead Mania

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What’s all the buzz about meads? Mead (aka, “Nectar of the Gods”) is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water. Bees are a very integral part of our ecosystem, and mead has been made from honey since around 2000 BC, before beer or wine. It is thought to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage on earth. It ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Dining Experience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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You can now coordinate the logistics of “dinner and a show” with ease at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City by reserving a table at its newly opened Dining Experience. Located inside the Kauffman Center’s south entrance in the sleek Founders’ Lounge, the full-service, 65-seat restaurant keeps the same hours as the Kauffman Center, but guests ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Sycamore

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In mid-February, the bar at Sycamore in Columbia, Missouri, debuted a fresh rotation of cocktails in the restaurant’s newly renovated cocktail lounge. Made with from-scratch infusions, syrups and bitters and only the freshest ingredients, bartender Aaron Rostad drew inspiration for the menu from cultures around the world. There is the Asian-influenced Green Plum, featuring green tea-infused gin with plum water ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Público

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Público, the long-awaited, much-anticipated Mexican- and Latin American-inspired gastropub from St. Louis restaurateur Mike Randolph, opened March 3, 2015, in the Delmar Loop. Located near Randolph’s Neapolitan pizzeria The Good Pie, the menu at Público is concentrated on five categories: crudo; platos pequenos, aka small plates; tacos; arepas, or leavened corn cakes; and a la parrilla, or grilled entrées, with ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Cafe Poland

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Nestled in a tiny building on Locust Street in Columbia, Missouri, Café Poland focuses on no-fuss presentation and traditional recipes from the owners’ native Poland. Mother-and-son duo Iwona Galijska and Robert Burlinski opened the café in January 2013; Galijska is the head chef and Burlinski assists on the business side, taking care of the small 20-person dining room. The tidy ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements

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Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements is what you get when you cross the experience of Kansas City beer-loving restaurateurs James Westphal and Mark Kelpe, founders of McCoy’s Public House, The Foundry and Beer Kitchen, with the delicious smoked meats and barbecue sauces of award-winning pitmaster Mitch Benjamin – or as his friends call him, “Meat Mitch.” Char Bar opened ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: The Eagle Drive-In

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When it comes to raising greasy diner grub to the level of haute cuisine, few do so better than Jason Miller at The Eagle Drive-In in Joplin, Missouri. Standing outside of this small old-school drive-in, you wouldn’t think it anything special, but inside, the menu is sure to impress. Instead of floppy griddle burgers, Miller dishes out calamari, Boulevard Brewing ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Umbria Rustic Italian

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After the closing of The Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe in downtown Columbia, Missouri, owner Adam Guy and executive chef Peter Hawkins opened Umbria Rustic Italian in August. The restaurant takes its name and culinary inspiration from the Umbria region of Italy, with a focus on fresh, seasonal Italian comfort food. The kitchen makes its pastas from scratch, and that ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

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It’s hard to deny there’s a special bond between ladies. We laugh with each other, tell each other like it is, and always support each other through thick and thin. Embrace and celebrate these important friendships. Take a break and get away from it all for a little while with your girlfriends. We know the perfect place – Missouri Wine ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: JJ’s Restaurant

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Kansas City celebrates the return of a well-loved restaurant and wine bar with the reopening of JJ’s Restaurant located in the Polsinelli building. A tragic fire destroyed the old restaurant, but from those ashes, proprietor Jimmy Frantzé has managed to recreate the warmth and magic of the original location along with most of the original staff less than a block ... Read More »