Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Blue Bird Bistro

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Most mornings you will see Jane Zieha, the owner of Blue Bird Bistro, outside sweeping the stoop of her charming café located on the corner of 17th and Summit streets in the Westside neighborhood before the shop opens for breakfast. Zieha has always been hands-on in running her restaurant, and that applies to the food she serves, too. Healthy food ... Read More »

Patios and Picnic Baskets: Summer Days at Missouri Wineries

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Summer is in full swing, and I can’t think of anything better than heading out to Missouri wineries to soak up some summer sun (and wine). Many wineries have great outdoor areas with stunning views of their vineyards and surrounding nature. Grab your picnic baskets! It’s time to venture out on some patios to sip on Missouri wine. Sugar Creek ... Read More »

Top Five Places To Have A Flavor Party In Pulaski County

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Delicious flavors explode in Saint Robert, Missouri! Pulaski County is the melting pot of mid-Missouri and the local cuisine certainly reflects diversity. Four of St. Robert’s top-five-rated restaurants serve three different international cuisines: Korean, Mediterranean and regional Mexican dishes. Traditional Ozarks BBQ rounds out the list. Grab your taste “buds” and bring your appetite to Pulaski County! 1. Cafe Korea- ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Scotch & Soda

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Lodged between a dueling piano bar and a cozy Italian restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, you’ll find Scotch & Soda, where patrons are sent back in time to an age when a vodka-cranberry was known as a Cape Codder. Inside, the walls drip with vintage elegance. The massive back bar swallows one whole wall, and the dark stained-wood shelving gleams in ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Amigoni Urban Winery

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When Michael and Kerry Amigoni first took Vitis vinifera grapes (European grape varietals) and planted them in 2001 in the first acre of their now 10-acre vineyard in Centerview, Missouri, their goal was to sell grapes to local winemakers. Michael had been interested in amateur winemaking since the mid-‘90s, and over time, began to study the skills necessary to produce ... Read More »

Monthly Musings by MOTravelGuy: Barbecue Sundae

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The words “barbecue sundae” immediately drew my attention. On a lunch break with co-workers a little while back, our conversations turned toward barbecue (we are from Missouri, after all) and someone mentioned a place in Columbia that served a barbecue sundae. She described the creation as a layering of meat, barbecue sauce, baked beans – and then more meat, barbecue ... Read More »

MO Wine and Beer: The Dynamic Duo

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You may think that local wine and beer drinkers come from different planets, but you’d be surprised how much they really have in common. They both live for the hunt, the adventure of finding a new and exciting wine or beer to sample. They both respect the craft and savor their drinks. They both enjoy socializing and delighting in their ... Read More »

On the Block: The Evolution of the Neighborhood Butcher Shop

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During the first half of the 20th century, the neighborhood butcher shop was a staple in American life. People relied on their local butcher to carry the high-quality cuts of meat they bought each week, and in turn, butchers knew the names and needs of their regulars. These relationships slowly began to change in the 1960s, as meatpacking houses began ... Read More »

Famous Missouri Foods Paired Perfectly with Local Wines

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There are few things in this world that go together better than wine and food. Missourians know this to be especially true. Missouri wine country boasts more than 125 wineries and a history dating back more than 160 years. Show-Me State winemakers produce very food-friendly wines that pair perfectly with local fare and the Missouri way of life. Missouri is ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge

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The story of Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge in the Benton Park neighborhood of St. Louis is parallel to the progression of the city’s food scene. Frazer Cameron opened his restaurant in 1992, serving lunch to a crowd that largely consisted of shift workers at the nearby Anheuser-Busch brewery. Twenty-three years later, Frazer’s has outgrown its humble beginnings, expanding into a ... Read More »