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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The Retro Cafe: Parkview Cafe

200 S. Main St., El Dorado Springs, MO; 417-876-3202
Parkview Cafe in El Dorado Springs, MO

A checkered black and white floor and cozy red booths make Parkview Café a picturesque place. The restaurant has a one-of-a-kind charm and feels like it has been a staple in the city for years, but it’s really only been open since 2006. “We saw it for sale on a Wednesday and bought it on a Sunday,” says Shelly Helm, who owns the restaurant with her husband Randy. With backgrounds in environmental science and construction, the two never expected to be restaurant owners. But nearly five years ago, they opened the spot with Shelly’s mother-in-law, Joy Scott. Scott and her husband own Scott Farms in Appleton City, where they raise buffalo. Parkview Café started as a place to serve it. “We did it with a purpose of getting buffalo meat out there,” Helm says. Throughout the past five years, the farm has grown, and so has the restaurant, offering a healthy variety of breakfast and lunch options. You’ll find many of the typical early morning suspects on the breakfast menu, any that can be paired with buffalo breakfast sausage. The lunch menu includes buffalo burgers, also made from Scott Farms buffalo, plus a nice selection of burgers and sandwiches. Popular sides include homemade suzies (curly fries), French fries and onion rings.

What I Ordered
The western omelet with hash browns and toast ($7.25) and a side of buffalo breakfast sausage ($4.50). The omelet was loaded with sautéed peppers, onions, ham and melted American cheese. The piece of buffalo sausage looked like a hamburger patty, but the meat was much leaner. It has the same spice as pork breakfast sausage, but much less fat, so my belly didn’t feel like a grease pit when I was finished eating.

Photo by Amy Pennington

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