1. Most Missourians, whether St. Louisians or not, know what gooey butter cake is. Ab’s Cookie Co. transformed the concept into cookies and, not only are they ooey, gooey and delicious, but they’re so fun to look at, too!
2. The Wood Fire Barbecue Pork Pizza from Buffalo Bar (190 Top of the Rock Rd., Ridgedale, 800-225-6343) at Top of the Rock is one of our favorite barbecue treats. It’s topped with barbecue sauce (obviously), red onions, bell peppers, pickled corn, mozzarella and queso fresco. It’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s tangy, it’s wonderful.
3. The Tomato Basil Bisque from Level 2 Steakhouse (200 E. Main St., Branson, 417-243-3443) is the creamy tomato soup of our dreams, and it’s served with a puff pastry cap on top. Delicious.
4. One 417 staffer has recently fallen in love with the Mayan Gold Tea from Elijah’s Raw Herb Supply (3000 Green Mountain Drive, Branson). “I don’t go a day without a cup,” she says. “It’s so sweet, and I don’t ever have to put sugar or honey in it.”