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La Galette Berrichonne
[ French ]
143 E. Main, Fordland, 417-738-2112, rolandparny.com
After attending culinary school, French-born chef Roland Parny cooked around the world in places like Paris and South Africa. Then, he came to the United States and cooked as an executive chef for Mississippi State University before he settled down in Fordland. His retirement dream was to start a cooking school here and run a café on the side, but the café quickly became the star of the show. Today, with the help of his wife, Elaine, Roland runs La Galette Berrichonne, a French bakery-café that specializing in French dishes with a bit of a home-cooked flare. “A lot of the dishes reflect Roland’s upbringing in La Berry, a French region roughly three hours south of Paris that’s a lot like the Ozarks,” Elaine says. Popular French selections include Chicken DuBois, Beef Burgundy and, of course, a dreamy selection of freshly made French pastries.
[ German ]
680 Jakes Creek Trail, Branson, 417-338-5091, altenhofinn.com
If you’re in the Branson area and you get a hankering for some German food, you’re in luck. Gertraude Santo opened Altenhof Inn here in 1998, and the restaurant serves up a variety of tasty German classics with a side view of Table Rock Lake. “I always watched my mother cook when I was little, and then I worked my way up in the restaurant business,” the Germany native says. “I was eager to learn.” Santo has experience cooking in fine-dining establishments and catering, but it’s working at the Altenhof Inn—the restaurant she started herself—where she says she’s fulfilling her dreams. “In 1986, I said, ‘What if…’” Santo says. “And now, I’m in my 17th season.” Wienerschnitzel and jagerschnitzel are popular authentic German options, and guests also love the bratwurst and knackwurst with red cabbage and German potato salad. There’s also a line of burgers and pizzas here, including a German-themed pizza with bratwurst, knackwurst, onions and sauerkraut.
[ Peruvian ]
234 E. Commercial St., Springfield, 417-868-8088
While developing the menu at Cafe Cusco, owner Joseph Gidman focused on mixing flavors of ancient Peruvian cuisines with modern tastes. “I’ve worked for a lot of chefs, and I spent a lot of time traveling and being exposed to a lot of different foods,” Gidman says. “My best friend is from Lima, Peru, and I got a really good taste for the food.” Among the authentic Peruvian dishes here is the ceviche, which is raw fish that has been cured in lime juice, garlic, red onions and yellow pepper. You’ll also find a variety of other Peruvian flavors on the menu with entrées such as the Lima Shrimp Cocktail and the Fritas La Huancaina, made of Yukon gold, sweet potato and yucca fries with Huancaina cheese sauce and cilantro. To start off your meal, be sure to try the tequenos, a favorite appetizer of Cotija cheese cooked in empanada dough.
ReRico Brazilian Grill
[ Brazilian ]
3371 E. Montclair St., Springfield, 417-881-8882, rericogrill.com
At ReRico Brazilian Grill, it’s all about the meat. “We have 18 rotisserie meats, and they’re all brought to your table on skewers for tableside carving,” says restaurant owner and chef Angel Kim. But this meat isn’t just your typical beef and chicken. The selections are all first-class, including the popular Brazilian Picanha, a house-special beef rump roast, filet, K.C. Strip, Frango Peito, a chicken breast with bacon, Froaldinha, a horseradish sirloin and more. Dinnertime guests also get to feast on the gourmet cold bar, which features some 40 appetizers and salads including shrimp and calamari ceviche and gourmet olives. Before you leave, make sure to try the Pao de Queijo, a tasty Brazilian cheese bread. If you dine in for lunch, you’ll order from a menu that features pastas, salads and steaks.
Walkabout Coffee Shop
[ Australian ]
1860 N. Commerce Dr., Nixa, 417-725-5282, walkaboutcoffeeshop.com
The menu at Walkabout Coffee Shop features many Australian favorites, including scrumptious pastry-topped Aussie meat pies filled with beef, brown gravy, mushrooms, onion, bacon, cheese and tomato. The spot also has a selection of pasties and sausage rolls, which feature pastry dough hugging a delectable combination of ground pork, chicken, carrots, onions, seasonings and spices. Jeff Cook, who is from Australia, owns the spot with his wife, Faye. “As far as Australian desserts, we have lamingtons and Anzac cookies,” Jeff says. Lamingtons feature a homemade white cake with chocolate and Australian coconut, and the Anzac cookies (which were originally made to send to the Australian and New Zealand Army Core) are made with oats, flour, sugar, golden syrup, butter and Australian coconut.
M & M Bistro
[ Mediterranean ]
407 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-627-9996
Mediterranean fare is the specialty at M & M Bistro, a Joplin restaurant owned by Jef Alvand. Minoo Hatam, Jef’s wife, created the menu, which is filled with everything from tabbouleh, Mediterranean salad and hummus to specialties like spanakopita and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). A delicious-sounding vegetarian option is the smothered artichokes and mushrooms, which feature the veggies in a white cream sauce with a salad and toasted pita, and the original gyro featuring thinly sliced meat with onions, lettuce and house-made tzatziki makes our mouth water. If you can’t decide, order yourself the Mediterranean platter, which comes with hummus, tabbouleh, sliced potatoes, gyro meat, pita bread and cucumber sauce on a bed of baby greens.
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