Dining and Drinking

Destination Restaurants in Missouri

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You had to go out of your way to get there, it seats 20 and a chalk board holds the menu. But the journey and ambiance are part of the charm at Missouri’s destination restaurants, those cozy locales where finding menu items with locally-sourced ingredients is easy and the tastes are hard to beat. Here’s a look at six destination …

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Missouri Eats: Civil Kitchen & Tap

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When Trolley’s Park Central Pub in Downtown Springfield, Missouri, closed its doors earlier this year, it wasn’t clear what would take its place. The location was ideal, the space was huge, but restaurants haven’t always thrived at 107 Park Central Square. But as of October, Civil Kitchen & Tap has moved in, and thanks to a large beer selection, custom …

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Missouri Coffee Roasters: Brick and Mortar Coffee in Springfield

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Brick & Mortar focuses on the art of coffee. They believe in the foundation of what it takes to roast a great batch and craft a great cup of coffee. The team at Brick & Mortar helps build relationships in the community by sharing the knowledge and tools it takes to enjoy great coffee in your own shop or at …

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Romantic Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

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There is a long and fascinating winemaking history in the “Show Me” State steeped in culture brought over by French, Italian and German immigrants with their vines more than 150 years ago. Experience international influence and local deliciousness on one of these tours through Missouri wine country, perfect for a romantic getaway! French Colonial Tour– Travel just an hour south …

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Missouri Eats: Main & Mill Brewing Co.

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In his hometown of Festus, Missouri, brewing aficionado Denny Foster partnered with his father, Barry, to open up the first commercial brewery in Jefferson County in more than 120 years. Main & Mill Brewing Co., named for the renovated building’s intersection on the town’s historic Main Street, features a rustic dining room and patio as well as a second-story tasting …

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Wine and Dine Your Valentine at a Missouri Winery

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Many wineries across the state have restaurants where you can be served a delicious meal paired with local, award-winning wines. Consider one of these winery restaurants for your Valentine’s Day celebration and your sweetheart is sure to be swept off their feet.   Some winery restaurants require reservations; contact them today and lock in your spot for a romantic and …

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Missouri Eats: Ollie’s Local

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At Ollie’s Local on Martini Corner in Kansas City’s Union Hill neighborhood, you’ll find a bar where everybody not only knows your name, but your drink, too. This self-proclaimed “bar-flavored bar” and restaurant is a collaboration between local restaurateur Eddie Crane and Vince Rook, who owns the building. The vibe is low-key but ripples with “can-do” American spirit, as friendly …

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Missouri Coffee Roasters: Fretboard Coffee in Columbia

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At Fretboard Coffee it is all about the beans. Not many coffee roasters can say all of their beans are fair-trade certified, at Fretboard all batches are original and hand-crafted from the best coffee “berries” around the world. Dave Elman began his business in Brooklyn, NY, inspired by what he loves most, “rockin’ and roastin.” By the time he moved …

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Missouri Eats: The Homesteader Cafe

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Last fall, pastry chef Megan Kendall and her husband, chef Jeremy Lane, quietly opened their new restaurant, The Homesteader Cafe, in Downtown Kansas City, serving hearty, rustic dishes made with local, farm-fresh ingredients. The couple spent last summer renovating the former Arun Thai Place Grill themselves after their Kickstarter campaign wasn’t fully funded. Since then, they have managed to build …

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Missouri Coffee Roaters: Sump Coffee in St. Louis

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Scott Carey at Sump Coffee is a trailblazer in the coffee industry. Focusing on the purity of the cup, Sump has mastered the roasting process, creating the purest brew. Along with the roasts, Scott displays the most in-season beans available and makes sure his customers know exactly what they are getting and where it is from. Scott holds a masters …

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