These restaurants may not look like much from the outside (in fact, you’ve probably driven past most of them), but the food they serve on the inside will blow your taste buds away. Here are some of our favorite dives that locals love and if they don’t love it, it’s most likely because they haven’t given them a chance yet. Enjoy!
1. The Brick - Kansas City
Featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", The Brick is a favorite among locals as well as a destination for traveling foodies. Try their meatloaf or one of their fried hot dogs, you won't be disappointed.
1727 McGee St. Kansas City, MO 64108
2. Slider's - Springfield
This restaurant is pretty straightforward when it comes to what they're known for. Yep, you guessed it - their sliders.
208 W McDaniel St.
3. Broussard's Cajun Cuisine - Cape Girardeau
Mardi-gras murals and delicious Cajun cuisines, Broussard's is just a party ready to happen.
Address: 114 Main St. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
4. Truc Lam - St. Louis
Truc Lam would have to be my favorite place for Vietnamese pho in St. Louis. I recommend starting off with an order of BBQ pork spring rolls before you dive into your pho.
3737 Gravois Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63116
5. Justus - Smithville
Once a pharmacy, now a full-service restaurant. Justus serves impressive farm-to-table entrees with 5-star presentation.
Address: 106 W Main St. Smithville, MO 64089
6. Almost Famous Grille & BBQ - West Plains
Their Western burger is pretty famous to me, if that counts at all. This specialty burger features BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar and onion rings. And it tastes just as delicious as it sounds.
Address: 1027 Porter Wagoner Blvd. West Plains, MO 65775
7. Mr. Gilbertis Place - Hollister
The main rule when it comes to pizza: don't claim a style if you can't deliver. But Mr. Gilberti's delivers when it comes to authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Take it from me, as a former Chicagoan, their pizza comes pretty darn close to the real thing.
Address: 1451 Acacia Club Rd. Hollister, MO 65672
8. Love Sushi - Jefferson City
The fact that you can order the Flaming Sexy Guy roll and have your sushi served to you literally on fire, makes this place pretty cool in my opinion.
Address: 2201 Missouri Blvd. Jefferson City, MO 65109
9. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing - Columbia
Just because most burgers taste better with beer, this pub & brewery had to be added to the list for their extensive beer list and specialty burgers.
115 S 5th St.
10. Sugarfire - Saint Charles
For the best BBQ in St. Charles, head over to Sugarfire.
3150 Elm Point Industrial Dr.
Saint Charles, MO 63301