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.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

(page 5 of 11)

The Brew House: Bootleggers Restaurant & Brewery

101 S. Madison Ave., Aurora, MO; 417-678-2888
bootbrewery.com
 Bootleggers Restaurant & Brewery in Aurora, MO

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.

Photo by David Flemming

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More Articles Like This

The Future of 417-land

Dreamers, schemers and big thinkers imagine the road ahead.

Gary Whitaker's Wine Guide

On the hunt for delicious wine that won't break the bank? We did the work for you—with help from a new friend.

Common Grounds in Ava Offers More Than Coffee

Imagine the money you spend on your daily cup of joe going toward helping people in your local community. Rod and Deana Scoville in Ava have done just that by giving half of the proceeds of their shop, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, to local charities and helping fund mission trips.
Edit Module
Edit Module
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Sign up for our newsletters Follow us on Instagram
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

  1. The Hill Comes to Springfield
    When the need for Italian cuisine comes calling, head to The Hill SGF and make all of your...
  2. Salted Caramel Butter Cake from Piccolo Contemporary Italian
    Plus six other dishes or drinks that have passed our taste buds this month and made us rave. They...
  3. PaPPo’s Southside Location Brings the ’Za
    PaPPo’s Pizzeria and Pub’s latest southside location brings all that pizza-pie goodness to...
  4. Gary Whitaker's Wine Guide
    On the hunt for delicious wine that won't break the bank? We did the work for you—with help...
  5. Common Grounds in Ava Offers More Than Coffee
    Imagine the money you spend on your daily cup of joe going toward helping people in your local...
Edit Module
Edit Module