The Vineyard Market (1759 W. State Highway J, Ozark, 417-882-0399) is one of those little-bit-of-everything spots where friends love to gather. It’s a wine shop with an extensive cigar collection in its humidor, which makes it a great place to shop. But the tempting food menu is nothing to sneeze at, and the shareable options are great for a lazy afternoon dining with a friend or a sweet date night option.
Aside from a strong cocktail game and the obvious plethora of wine options, the Napa Valley Charcuterie Boards might be the menu’s centerpiece. They just look beautiful, and who doesn’t love a big tray of nibbles? Depending on what size you order, you’ll get a few kinds of meat, a few kinds of cheese and lovely extras like fruits and veggies, olives and nuts and carbs in the form of bread and crackers.
My husband Eli and I didn’t really mean for it to happen this way when we chose what to eat, but we ended up ordering a whole lot of cheese, served a whole lot of ways, on our visit. First off was my very favorite, the baked brie and peppered bacon toast points. Everything about it was delightful: the crunchy slices of toasted bread, the ooey-gooey stinky-cheese joy of the warm brie, the hit of salt from the extra-crispy bacon, the tart bites of thinly sliced sour apple and the sweet drizzle of the berry sauce. I thought the sauce would be too sweet for me, but it was just enough to meld perfectly with all the other delightful flavors. I could seriously eat this dish every day.