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 Brew House: Bootleggers Restaurant & Brewery
101 S. Madison Ave., Aurora, MO; 417-678-2888
The Bank of Aurora was built on the southeast corner of the town’s Madison Avenue and Olive Street in 1888. Today, that same building is home to Bootleggers Restaurant and Brewery. The old bank vault was turned into a brewery, offices were turned into the kitchen and a replica of the original teller cage is now used for the restaurant’s front desk and cashier. Shawn Briggs and Scott Young opened the restaurant in 1998. The two created lunch and dinner menus with a nice variety of appetizers, offering everything from pot stickers to fried alligator, as well as steaks and specialties. The restaurant brews ales and some specialty beers, including a raspberry wheat.
What I Ordered
I tried the char-grilled mushroom-Swiss burger with fries ($7.99). Before I even got my burger, I was greeted at the table with a loaf of freshly made bread and a little tub of butter. The burger was big, a half-pound, and smothered in giant sautéed mushrooms. The meat was juicy, and the ciabatta bread it was served on was plenty strong enough to keep it all together.
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