Dining Day Trips

These restaurants and eight others are the hidden gems of 417-land’s dining scene, and they’re located all over our corner of the state.

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We know something you don’t know...

Actually, we know a few things you don’t know. There’s a restaurant in Mt. Vernon that sells the best chicken-fried steak you’ll ever eat. And a spot in Golden City that makes 40 varieties of pie. Branson is home to a German restaurant-slash-pizzeria that has arguably one of the best views of Table Rock Lake, and there’s a Joplin restaurant that cooks up wood-fired pizzas unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. These restaurants and eight others are the hidden gems of 417-land’s dining scene, and they’re located all over our corner of the state.

Now just so you know, we’re not talking about places known for their fine wine or cloth tablecloths. But each of these restaurants has fantastic, unbeatable, delicious food. And when we say this, we’re speaking from experience. We gave them all a visit and ordered some of the best-selling menu items. The food checked out, and the verdict is in: These spots are all worth the drive. So grab your keys, work up your appetite and hit the road: It’s time to make some dining day trips.

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