Dining and Drinking

Niche Restaurant: Finding Limitless Creativity within a 300-mile Radius

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Underneath a powder-blue sky filled with majestic clouds, the soft, low light of early morning casts dramatic shapes across a verdant landscape. A farmer, fishing pole in hand, walks past rows of tall cornstalks on his way to a nearby river. In the distance, a mule stands outside of a barn. From this vantage point, some trees seem tall enough ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Juniper

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In January, 2015, Cassy Vires was named head chef at Juniper, the St. Louis Southern comfort restaurant owned by chef John Perkins. Since taking the helm, Vires, formerly owner and head chef at Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood, Missouri, has made the menu her own, pulling inspiration from her childhood spent in Tennessee and Alabama. Some of her new menu ... 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 »

The Missouri Wine Lover’s Bucket List

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There are a few things I believe every Missouri wine lover should experience in his or her lifetime. Get out there and experience all Missouri Wine Country has to offer. 1.    Go on a Missouri Wine Trail Event With more than 125 wineries in Missouri, you may feel a little overwhelmed when you start to plan your excursion. Luckily, there ... Read More »