Sometimes famous restaurants can be highly overrated and the locals know better than to frequent them. However, these well-known spots in Missouri actually have some validity to their claims of excellence with the local stamp of approval. How many of them have you been to?
1. Arthur Bryant's - Kansas City
In the culinary world, amazing barbecue is what puts Kansas City on the map. Arthur Bryant's has been around for decades and has brought in the likes of recognizable faces such as President Obama and Steven Spielberg.
1727 Brooklyn Ave. Kansas City, MO 64127
2. Crown Candy - St. Louis
Crown Candy opened up in 1913 and has become a St. Louis tradition ever since. They have amazing sandwiches such as the, "Heart Stopping BLT" and delicious milkshakes to wash it down with.
1401 St. Louis Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63106
3. Justus Drugstore - Smithville
This farm-to-table restaurant is well-known to true foodies who make the hike out of Kansas City to eat in Smithville.
106 W. Main St. Smithville, MO 64089
4. Kehde's Barbecue - Sedalia
A restaurant inside a train car? Yep, it's true! Kehde's is located in Sedalia, which used to be a main hub for trains. The restaurant flipped a restored train into an amazing barbecue restaurant with delicious homemade pies.
1915 S. Limit Ave.
Sedalia, MO 65301
5. Billy Gail's Cafe - Branson
Branson is the vacation capital of Missouri, so it would only make sense to designate a family-friendly restaurant to eat at during every visit. They are best known for their massive pancakes, which are larger than your face.
Branson, MO 65616
6. Pappy's Smokehouse - St. Louis
It's a pretty common sight to see a line out the door at Pappy's during lunch hours. It's consistently named one of the best BBQ joints in the country, drawing in tourists frequently. However, the locals love it too and many are regulars.
3106 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
7. Grad School - Jefferson
This is probably the most laid back grad school you'll ever visit. They specialize in burgers, like the Full-Ride.
434 S. Jefferson Ave. Springfield, MO 65806
8. Bluestem - Kansas City
Though Bluestem is fairly new to the game, it has made quite the wave in the food world. Most recently, it was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 James Beard Award. Not too shabby at all.
Kansas City, MO 64111
9. Blueberry Hill - St. Louis
Blueberry Hill is the heart and soul of the Delmar Loop in St. Louis. At one point, it was the designated hangout spot for Chuck Berry. Today, bands continue to play live music while guests indulge on delicious diner food.
6504 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Founded in 1884, Booches has been a longtime favorite in Columbia for more than 100 years. It's a no frills spot that serves mouthwatering sliders and offers a wide selection of draft beers. The pool tables make it the ultimate hang out spot in town.
110 S 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201
It wouldn’t quite be Missouri without these renowned restaurants. Which one is your favorite?