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Missouri Eats: Farmers Gastropub

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Although not heralded for their traditional cuisine, the British do know how to make a mean breakfast: think massive plates of broiled tomatoes, eggs, juicy sausages, seasoned beans and cups of tea. For a similar experience in Springfield, Missouri, head to Farmers Gastropub. Chef and co-owner Andy Hampshire has stacked the brunch menu with British classics including a version of …

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4 Beautiful Day Rides on the Katy Trail

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With river views, stuck-in-time railroad towns and tidy farms with cattle in the fields, there’s not a bad section of Katy Trail State Park. But here are four that are down-right spectacular. Jefferson City to Hartsburg: 10 miles. This section can be busy with state employees getting some exercise on lunch breaks. Hartsburg is a quintessential railroad town. It is …

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Grab a Bite on the Katy Trail

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Missouri’s Katy Trail is an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. Not only does the 240-mile trail offer quick access to campgrounds and fantastic photo opportunities, it’s located close to a several bed and breakfasts, retail shops, cities of varying sizes and, naturally, excellent restaurants and wineries. No matter what types of food and drink your palate prefers, …

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Missouri Eats: Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering

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By the time chef Craig Howard opened the lunch-only Howard’s Grocery, Cafe and Catering in September, his griddled patties were already causing full-tilt burger buzz in Kansas City. It’s not all burgers, though: The eatery serves seasonal vegetarian favorites like a take on eggplant Parmesan featuring roasted butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, breaded and baked until crispy and topped …

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Missouri Eats: Union Loafers

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Union Loafers opened in late September in the Botanical Heights neighborhood of St. Louis, offering patrons plenty of delicious ways to break bread. The café and bakery uses old-world techniques to create its naturally leavened, hearth-baked loaves, which serve as building blocks for its lunchtime-only selection of specialty sandwiches. On ciabatta, try smoked beets with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Emmenthaler …

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Missouri Eats: Touch Restaurant

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For years, Touch Restaurant has been a favorite in the Springfield, Missouri, dining scene thanks to its posh décor and creative menu. Here, the classic Caesar salad is dressed up with crispy calamari and olive tapenade, and entrées range from Cajun ahi tuna to Persian lamb shank. This winter, a few seasonal favorites are returning, including the fried lobster, a …

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Missouri Eats: Reeds American Table

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At Reeds American Table, which opened in September, chef-owner Matthew Daughaday offers a family-style atmosphere executed with the refinement of a fine-dining restaurant. To translate the comforting New American concept behind the bar, he’s rounded out his team with a set of talented beverage experts. Enter Andrey Ivanov, formerly of Elaia and Olio, an award-winning certified sommelier who leads a …

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Missouri Eats: Gram & Dun

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Once lights are lit in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, there is no better place to go for a cup of good holiday cheer than Bread & Butter Concepts’ sophisticated Gram & Dun. With a bar scene that can go from cozy to raucous depending on the night of the week, Gram & Dun caters to a mature but fun …

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Missouri Eats: Cellar House Wine & Food

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Soon after Bottle Cellars wine shop opened in 2010, owner Patrick Ahearn noticed a common complaint from customers: There weren’t many restaurants or bars in Oakville, Missouri, serving the same quality wine selection as was available in his shop. In May, Ahearn solved the problem: He took over the space next to his retail store and opened Cellar House Wine …

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Missouri Eats: Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen

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Many St. Louisians were puzzled when restaurateur Mike Randolph announced plans to transform his University City restaurant, The Good Pie, into a more expansive Italian concept, Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen. The restaurant opened in August, still featuring the Neapolitan pizzas that earned The Good Pie acclaim, plus southern Italian dishes like duck confit gnocchi and housemade spaghetti alla chitarra, creamy burrata, …

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