Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Farmtruk

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One of St. Louis’ newest food trucks is taking farm-to-table fare on the road. The aptly named Farmtruk comes from longtime Annie Gunn’s sous chef Samantha Mitchell. Farmtruk draws on a few ideas from the venerable restaurant in Chesterfield, Missouri, including local, seasonal sourcing and snoot-to-tail butchery. Standouts include the Griddle Burger, with Piedmontese beef, house-cured Swabian Hall bacon from …

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Wine-ing Along the Katy Trail


The weather is beginning to cool down and it’s a great time for a bike ride. Here are the breathtaking wineries you can find along the Katy Trail (AKA- bicycle heaven). The legendary Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri. It is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas …

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Missouri Eats: Southwest Diner

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There’s usually a wait at Southwest Diner on the weekends, with a line snaking out the door, but have some patience, and you won’t regret it. Inside, patrons love the diner’s breakfast fare with a Southwestern twist: The Southwest Slinger comes with two ¼-ounce burger patties, home fries and melted longhorn cheese topped with two eggs and green or red …

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10 Ways to Celebrate Missouri Wine Month

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September is Missouri Wine Month. What does that mean exactly? It means it’s the perfect time to discover or rediscover the beauty that is your local, award-winning wine scene. There are 130 wineries in the state and the industry has a $1.76 billion impact each year. There are so many wonderful things to experience in Missouri wine country. Here are …

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Missouri Eats: Succotash

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Beth Barden knows how to make people happy. Her eclectic restaurant, Succotash, near the Hospital Hill neighborhood not only fits in with the artistic feel of the community, but the menu also truly offers something for everyone. House cold-pressed juices including the Best Limeade, a blend of lime, apple, pineapple and cucumber spiced with a hint of ginger, or the …

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Are you a Missouri Wine MVP? Earn Rewards for Visiting Wineries


The Missouri Wine and Grape Board recently announced the launch of the Missouri Winery Visitors’ Program (MVP).  MVP encourages you to visit Missouri wineries where you collect points that may be redeemed for rewards.  The more wineries you visit, the more points you can earn to redeem for rewards such as cool MVP gear, fun wine experiences, and special sweepstakes …

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Go Nuts for Doughnuts in Missouri

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The simple act of bringing doughnuts to your colleagues can make you a hero at work. To achieve similar status on your Missouri road trip, get a dozen for the drive. Your traveling buddies will be grateful and might skip you when it’s time to collect gas money. Of course, picking up a box of doughnuts seems like an easy …

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Missouri Eats: Farmers Gastropub

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Although not heralded for their traditional cuisine, the British do know how to make a mean breakfast: think massive plates of broiled tomatoes, eggs, juicy sausages, seasoned beans and cups of tea. For a similar experience in Springfield, Missouri, head to Farmers Gastropub. Chef and co-owner Andy Hampshire has stacked the brunch menu with British classics including a version of …

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Harvest in Missouri: Grapes to Glass

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Harvest is a really big deal in wine country; and for good reason! It’s a year of hard work coming to fruition, and at the same time, it’s the beginning of another lengthy yet exciting journey from grape to glass (AKA the winemaking process). Grape harvests in Missouri generally begin in late August and continue through the middle of October. …

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Grab a Bite on the Katy Trail

Hendrick's BBQ. Photo by Daniel Doelling.

Missouri’s Katy Trail is an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. Not only does the 240-mile trail offer quick access to campgrounds and fantastic photo opportunities, it’s located close to a several bed and breakfasts, retail shops, cities of varying sizes and, naturally, excellent restaurants and wineries. No matter what types of food and drink your palate prefers, …

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