Dining and Drinking

Missouri Eats: Druff’s

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Missouri, Druff’s opened in May serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hot soup and cold beer. The name is a playful take on the restaurant’s location in the historic Woodruff building. Although first-timers might have a hankering for a traditional grilled cheese, the more adventurous will find inspired options at Druff’s. The menu boasts …

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Warm Up with Missouri Wine and Chili

Chili is a warming comfort food that’s hard to beat. One of the great things about chili is how many different kinds there are. It can be customized in countless ways to fit any palate preference. We’ve gathered some great recipes and paired them with delicious, local wines. If you were wondering what to make for dinner this week, now …

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Missouri Eats: Stage Left Diner

After a costume change, City Diner at the Fox is ready to perform as Stage Left Diner. Under new ownership, Stage Left aims to be Grand Center’s go-to spot for quality diner fare with a twist. Expect classics like smashburgers, spoon-drop biscuits and creamy milkshakes as well as new additions like sweet and savory crêpes and loaded breakfast skillets. Along …

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Wine Barrels: A Long History and a Bright Future

Barrels are probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think about wine. They have become an archetypal symbol of wine over the years, but their use started accidentally. For thousands of years, wine was transported in clay amphora. These vessels worked fine when transporting wine for the most part. They could be airtight if sealed …

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Missouri Eats: Mona’s

A mainstay in the iconic Italian-American St. Louis neighborhood The Hill recently got a complete makeover: Mona’s opened in October and replaced Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, which closed in August after 15 years in business. “We just decided that it was a good time to close Modesto,” says owner Brendan Marsden. “We really just wanted to do something fresh …

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Missouri in Winter Suits Everyone to a T(ea)

Much of the joy of vacationing is to be found in a chance to slow down, look more closely at the world around you, savor new flavors, just stop and smell the tea. Oh, you thought we were going to talk about flowers, in winter, in Missouri? No, I’m inviting you to join me on a Show-Me State exploration that …

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6 Reasons to Visit MO Wine Country in the Winter

During the winter months, grape vines are resting, wines are aging and there’s a slower pace in general at the wineries. It’s a perfect time for learning more about Missouri varietals, touring cellars or just relaxing. If you think of the winter as the “off” season in Show Me wine country, here are six reasons to change your mind. Less …

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Missouri Eats: SOT

Ron Berg opened SoT, a glamorous new bar named for its location south of Truman Road, in the building next door to his photography studio and event space to attract more folks to Grand Boulevard. Bar and general manager Erik Mariscal sets the tone with his playful drink menu. His cocktails run from simple to serious, with a bit of …

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The Bubbly Side of Missouri

From New Year’s Eve parties and celebrating milestones to casual get-togethers and random Tuesday nights, everyone has room for a little bubbly in their life. Fortunately, Missouri has a nice selection of bars and restaurants offering Champagne, Champagne drinks and sparkling wine to ensure you’re not missing out. Some examples include: Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge, Columbia: Pop the top …

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Winter White Missouri Sangria Recipe

This time of year is full of holiday gatherings and get-togethers. Be the hit of your next shindig with this delicious and festive Winter White Sangria. With flavors of apple, cranberry, ginger and rosemary, it’s like the holidays in a glass. It’s made with a delicious and versatile Missouri wine called Vidal Blanc that helps it pair with a wide …

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