Show-Me Five: Restaurants in Missouri to Stuff My Face

You know what’s best about some restaurants in Missouri? They really let you stuff your face. They don’t skimp on the quality either; big plates serve bigger portions of food your eyes wish they could taste.

Sorry, eyes, these tasty goodies are mouth and tummy only. No worries though. The next time you’re looking to curb your hunger, any one of these restaurants will do the trick. If you’re telling yourself “just one more bite,” you’ve done right.

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First on our list of restaurants in Missouri that serve you a heaping helping and get your salivary glands a-roarin’ is Pappy’s Smokehouse. There are a few things you notice about Pappy’s at first: a long (but efficient) line, walls covered by celebrity-signed menus, and the aroma of the most succulent and savory meats your nose has ever dared to smell.

The line, which moves quickly, provides the perfect amount of time to pick how you’ll stuff your face. One suggestion: the 8-ounce pulled-pork sandwich. As soon as your plate arrives, your eyes (there they are again) will do that thing where they kind of expand and light up (you know what I’m talking about) in shock of how much food is on your plate. The sides are nothing to scoff at either; you can choose between baked beans, fired corn on the cob, and applesauce to name a few. Yes, it’s a challenge, but you’ll fit all that food in your belly. Make it work.



Take I-70 across Missouri to Kansas City to Stroud’s, one of the city’s most popular stops; they are well-known for fried chicken. Google “big food portions” before you make the trip and you might just see a photo of Stroud’s “Regular Dinner.” It includes a chicken leg, thigh, wing, and breast, and your choice of potato, salad or soup, string beans, and cinnamon rolls.

A dinner that’s a mouth-full to say is certainly a mouth-full to eat. Is it good? You bet your taste buds it is! However, if you are in the situation where you are unable to eat every last bit of food, save the cinnamon rolls – they make for an excellent breakfast.

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Ah, yes, Springfield, Missouri, where restaurants have long been on the culinary scene for cashew chicken. The servings of the famous dish are more than generous, especially at Leong’s (where this version of cashew chicken originated). Dine on this dish and you’ll proudly stuff your face with chicken chunks coated in a breading that only the Leong family has mastered. Toss in some cashews and a heaping helping of fried rice and feast, its a king sized meal.


This charming and homey Missouri restaurant resides along the beautiful Katy Trail in the quaint town of Claysville.  Its location, atmosphere, and, of course, food, make Claysville Store the place to pig-out. They serve the staples of a hearty homemade meal: homemade fried chicken or (local) country ham and sides of mashed potatoes and gravy, apple sauce, coleslaw, green beans, and biscuits. Remember that you’re here to stuff your face, so try one of their pies or cobblers (or both)… with ice cream! Then walk it off on the Katy Trail, you’ve eaten too much.

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This Missouri restaurant may have the biggest portions of them all, making it the easiest place to stuff your face.  Let’s preface this by saying you can – literally – catch a roll at any time during your meal. Lambert’s is “The Only Home of Throwed Rolls”- there are roll throwers just standing around waiting for your cue to throw. Lambert’s also has unlimited “pass arounds.” Throughout your meal, you’ll be offered even more food: hot rolls and sorghum, macaroni and tomatoes, fried potatoes and onions, black-eyed peas, fried okra, and apple butter. Stuffed just thinking about it, huh?

Now, there are plenty of restaurants in Missouri where you can stuff your face. Did we mention your favorite? If not, let us know in the comments!

Written by Daniel Doelling of H&L Partners.

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