Dining Day Trips

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The filets at Gobbler’s Roost aren’t limited to a half pound: these cuts are usually 16  to 18 ounces!

A Steak Worth the Trek

Roughly a two-hour drive northwest of Springfield, Gobbler’s Roost in Nevada serves up special five-course meals. By Ettie Berneking

Turning onto a bumpy gravel road, it’s easy to think you’ve made a wrong turn, but just down the way is Gobbler’s Roost. And it might just be Nevada’s best-kept secret. 

Only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, this steakhouse fills quickly with regulars who have long enjoyed the restaurant’s five-course dinners served on Friday and Saturday nights. Just turn into the property and continue past the two horses grazing out front till you reach the restaurant, which fits just 40 people comfortably. 

Nestled on 320 acres of sprawling farmland, the restaurant belongs to owners Kathy and Kent Abele, who have spent years raising beef. When the couple couldn’t find a great steak anywhere close by, they decided to grill their own, and just like that, Gobbler’s Roost became a hit. While the menu changes seasonally, the two steaks—the filet and the K.C. strip—are fixtures of the restaurant, and it’s easy to see why. And this is no typical portion of steak. They are carving up a huge cut of meat. It’s what Kathy used to serve the farm hands for lunch each day.

On my visit the meal also came with salad, soup, a chilled round of cucumber filled with a creamy pineapple dip, a side of gnocchi, garden-fresh vegetables and dessert. It’s clear that no one leaves Gobbler’s Roost hungry.

Five-course dinners are served Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. by reservation only. Call 417-448-4853 to reserve a table, and come hungry!

When you visit Gobbler’s  Roost, you’ll likely see the horses who live on the charming property.


Make a weekend of your journey, and stay in the cozy one-bedroom cabin on the property.

Yummy Reasons to Spend the Day in West Plains

With a vibrant art scene and lively night life, downtown West Plains is worth the drive, especially when you have time to eat at these three joints. By Ettie Berneking

1. Chantilly’s Artisan Bakery

#2 Courthouse Square, West Plains, 417-255-2253

This should likely be the first stop of your day. Order a tall cup of coffee and a homemade pastry, and plan out your afternoon over an apple turnover, blueberry cream tart or chocolate cupcake. 


2. Ozark Pizza & Bread Company

111 Washington Ave., West Plains, 417-204-4808

The homemade pizzas here are too good to pass up, which helps explain why this downtown eatery fills up quickly during lunch when you can order pizza by the slice. Of course, there’s more than just fabulous pies. Try a calzone, a grilled chicken pita or the savory Cuban.


3. Café 37

37 Court Square, West Plains, 417-256-3780

Attached to the Historic West Plains Opera House, this fine dining restaurant offers the best of both worlds: great food and great live music. The menu changes seasonally, but look for the chili-glazed salmon, the restaurant’s specialty. 


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