COMFORT FOOD STOPS IN MISSOURI
Restaurants that feature premium, raw ingredients and made-from-scratch dishes are still on trend, and what better way to beat the winter blues than to check one out that also offers favorite comfort foods? I mean, is there anything better than a homemade meal of your favorite food on a cold, cold day? I think not. After asking around and doing a bit of research I’ve compiled a list of some of the best comfort food stops in Missouri. Of course, Missouri doesn’t have any shortage of delicious restaurants offering comfort food, but hopefully this list will help you decide where to eat in Missouri. I’m limiting this list to a few destinations for sake of space, but happy to share more for other areas if there is interest.
WHERE TO EAT IN ARCADIA
Thee Abbey Kitchen, in Arcadia, is a restaurant, bakery and creamery that boasts unique ice cream flavors and delicious cinnamon rolls, among other classic dishes. Arcadia Academy, the historic complex Thee Abbey is a part of, also offers quaint accommodations and is a short drive from many attractions, including Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, and the wineries around Ste. Genevieve.
PLACES TO EAT IN SPRINGFIELD
In Springfield, one can find Aviary Café, a bistro that aims to provide guests with ‘memorable meals in a warm and friendly setting.’ The menu offers dishes made from premium ingredients, locally sourced vegetables, and made-from-scratch baked goods. Near Aviary Café, one can also find Mother’s Brewing, an excellent place to relax with friends, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bass Pro’s largest store.
PLACES TO EAT IN KANSAS CITY
Another delicious culinary option thrives in Kansas City. The Farmhouse works with local farmers each day, and even features each farmer they work with on their website. Their menu offers unique spins on classic favorites, with a few new dishes thrown in for fun. The restaurant also has a full bar with a great selection.
PLACES TO EAT IN COLUMBIA
Another wonderful choice is the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Truck, which is kind of a different option since it’s a food truck. They make the most incredible biscuit sandwiches. A favorite is the Haughty Hillbilly, which is bacon, arugula, a fried green tomato and pimento cheese all piled on a biscuit. They also make fried pimento cheese balls (what?!) and you really can’t beat just a plain old biscuit with one of their homemade jams. Hungry yet?
I’d be remiss to not mention Harold’s Doughnuts. They opened about a year ago and are so wonderfully committed to their craft. Everything is made from scratch starting at 1am! They typically have about a dozen flavors available each day and when they’re out, they’re out! “The doughnuts are genuinely the best I’ve ever had…they even make their own sprinkles!”, Megan McConachie, Marketing & Communications Manager Visit Columbia, MO.
PLACES TO EAT IN JEFFERSON CITY
Their main mission is to bring you the high quality of ingredients and homemade preparation that made the original Oscar’s a beloved favorite. How can you resist the retro decor and homemade food?
Looking for more things to do in Missouri? Check out the VisitMo site here.