Best of 417 2009: Places

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Best Place to Take a Tourist

<<< Branson Landing
Branson Landing has shops galore (from big department store Belk and outdoorsy wonderland Bass Pro to specialty shops and clothing stores). In between spending splurges, you can stop to eat at Famous Dave’s or any of the other restaurants on site. Then stop for a Taneycomo lake view and a little fire-and-water entertainment at the giant choreographed fountain right in the center of the Landing. The best part: It’s all within walking distance.
Bass Pro Shops

Best Comedy Show

The Skinny Improv
Yakov Smirnoff
Jim Stafford

Best Branson Attraction

Silver Dollar City >>>
SDC has something for all ages, making it a great place to bring the family. There are roller coasters for thrill-seekers, craftsmen for anyone yearning to learn, great food for the hungry ones, kid-friendly rides for the little ones, shops and shows for Mom and Dad…. and Grandfather’s Mansion for anyone who doesn’t suffer from vertigo.
Dixie Stampede
Liverpool Legends

Best Charity Event

Sertoma Chili Cook-Off
Ball of the Wild
Rock’n Ribs

Best Place for a First Date

The Red Room at Flame

Bijan’s Sea & Grille
The Skinny Improv

Best Place to Get in Touch With Nature

Springfield Nature Center
Table Rock Lake
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Best Sports Bar

Indigo Joe’s
Rivals Casual Grille
Skybox Grill & Lounge
Chain winner: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Place to be Seen

Downtown Springfield
Bijan’s Sea & Grille

Best Place for Live Music

Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar
The Outland
Cartoons Oyster Bar & Grill

Best Place to Dance

Icon Night Club
Cartoons Oyster Bar & Grill
Midnight Rodeo

Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

<<< Jump Mania
Jump Mania has the most important ingredient for a gathering of the young and energetic: A safe place to quite literally bounce off the walls. Jump Mania has a variety of inflatables that let little celebrating birthday party guests burn off all the energy from their birthday cake sugar high.
Girlfriends & Giggles
Discovery Center
Chain winner: Incredible Pizza

Best Weekend Getaway

Eureka Springs
Big Cedar Lodge

Best Fishing Hole

Table Rock Lake
Lake Taneycomo
Stockton Lake

Best Place for Golf

Rivercut Golf Course
Highland Springs Golf Club
Millwood Golf & Racquet Club

Best Girl’s Night Out

Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar
Tonic Ultralounge
Parlor 88

Best Guy’s Night Out

Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill
Jewel Nightclub
Fedora Social House

Editor's Pick: Best Use of Music from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

The Kirby & Bambi VanBurch Show
Illusions are fun, no matter how you slice it. But we give props to Kirby and Bambi for using some of the most carnivalesque and fun music we know: songs from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

Editor's Pick: Best Excuse to Leave the Guys at Home

This night of all things girly will be back in September. Be ready for shopping, drinks, food and no-boys-allowed fun.





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