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 Greasy Spoon: White Grill

200 North Commercial St., Nevada, MO; 417-667-9388
White Grill in Nevada, MO

The White Grill has been a favorite to Nevada residents since 1938. Today, the diner is owned by sisters, Diana Wessley and Linda Gower, and their daughters, Megan Foster and Taylor Gower. The White Grill has been affiliated with the same family since James Novak, Diana and Linda’s father, bought into it in 1963. The spot is best known for its hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The ground beef is formed into 4-ounce burgers and cooked on a well-seasoned flat-top grill. They’re often paired with fries or suzies (homemade curly fries). “Our food is fresh, not processed,” Diana says. “We make our own onion rings, too. But only on Thursdays and Fridays.” In addition to the burgers and fries, the White Grill is also known for serving a great pork tenderloin sandwich, and barbecued brisket and pork that they smoke themselves.

What I Ordered
The pork tenderloin sandwich ($5) with a side of onion rings ($2). Sounds pretty basic, right? The meal is, but the flavors aren’t. The piece of tenderized pork comes lightly breaded and fried, and it was overflowing off the side of the bun when it was delivered to my booth. I chose to top it with mayo, grilled onions, tomatoes and pickles, which were the perfect accessories to this masterpiece. And the onion rings? Well, they’re the best I’ve ever had.

Photo by Amy Pennington

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