Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Blvd Tavern

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Blvd Tavern is a dream come true for chef-owner Derek Nacey and his wife, Meghan. Derek, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, worked at Fedora Cafe & Bar, Zin and Café Allegro in Kansas City before settling into a corporate job as culinary director for Houlihan’s for the past seven years. After looking …

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A Mental Coffee Break in Hannibal


Mmmmm… the wonderful smell that wakes you up in the morning.  That pick-me up when the-mid afternoon slump hits.  What would we do without coffee? Hannibal is very lucky to have Java Jive – the First Coffee Shop West of the Mississippi. (No, really – it’s one block from the Mississippi.  They dare you to find a coffee shop closer.) …

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Missouri Eats: Creek Side Pub


There’s nothing swanky about Creek Side Pub in Springfield, Missouri, and that’s part of its charm. The crowds don’t come for dazzling décor or service; they come for two reasons: to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and to chow down on homemade chips and guacamole. Situated along the banks of Galloway Creek, the tiny bar and bistro draws large crowds that …

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Find the Tastes of Fall on Pinterest

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Fall is in the air and the Internet is buzzing with people looking for the next delicious flavors to try as the colder weather approaches.  From Gooey Butter Cake to a variety of yummy treats created from apples straight from a Missouri orchard, the Show-Me State has plenty to offer in the way of fall recipes. Pinterest is the perfect …

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Missouri Eats: Drinks at Publico

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  One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2015 in St. Louis was Mike Randolph’s Latin American-inspired Público in the Delmar Loop. The bar’s friendly and knowledgeable staff serves well-crafted, balanced cocktails and an interesting wine list. Start off with a frozen Paloma made with blanco tequila and frozen housemade grapefruit soda; it’s sort of like a light and …

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Missouri Eats: Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill


The array of stunning maki rolls, Japanese dumplings and bowls of spicy soups at Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill in Springfield, Missouri, are partly what draws a steady stream of customers to the restaurant. The other big draw is the atmosphere: The deep red walls, oversized light fixtures, tufted booths and polished high-top tables in Haruno’s sleek, modern bar area …

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Grab a Bite to Eat at Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites

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When you think of heading to a state park or historic site, you may think of campfire cooking or picnics.  But eleven of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites also have on-site dining options.  You can find everything from a small grill inside of a store to full-service restaurants where you can enjoy trout, fried chicken and cobbler for dessert.  …

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Missouri Eats: Earthbound Beer

Tucked into a 1,000-square-foot shotgun-style space on Cherokee Street, Earthbound Beer describes its draft offerings as, “St. Louis’s smallest, weirdest beer.” Upon entering the tasting room, it’s clear that the clientele have taken favorably to the concept, sipping samples of the brewery’s eight beers on tap from its two to three weekly brews. Earthbound’s modus operandi is to release 40 …

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Missouri Eats: Bangkok Gardens


John Pham, co-owner and operator of Bangkok Gardens in Columbia, Missouri, says the Thai restaurant’s bar program is a reflection of his 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Pham says the food-and-drink menus capture the traditions and flavors of his heritage while incorporating more local flavors and preferences. On the restaurant’s dinner menu, highlights include thom kha kai, …

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Missouri Eats: Snow & Co.


Beat the summer heat with a cold drink from Snow & Co., the only place to get high-quality frozen cocktails in Kansas City. Named the No. 1 frozen cocktail bar in America by Paste magazine last year, Snow & Co. has been hugely popular since opening the doors of its first location in the Crossroads Arts District four years ago. …

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