Road trips are a blast, and what better way to tour your state than trying out local restaurants! There’s nothing particularly fancy about this food journey. A lot of these places are in small towns and feature simple, home-style menus. One thing they all have in common is absolutely delicious food! You can stay where you are after dinner, or drive closer to the next day’s breakfast location. In truth, the drive time is relatively short, so you’ll often have time to wander around and see the sights between meals. No diets allowed! Here’s a link to the
Google Map for this trip.
Breakfast Day One: Café Rust, Ste Genevieve
We start out with a quiche or pastry and some delicious coffee or tea at Café Rust in beautiful Ste Genevieve. It’s located in a quaint little shop full of hand-crafted gifts and other items, and the menu changes its featured items daily. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience! If it’s available, try the bacon quiche (pictured) with a cup of specialty coffee or tea. They are located in historic downtown at 122 N Main Street.
Lunch Day One: Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine, Cape Girardeau
Located in the heart of Cape Girardeau, Broussard's Cajun Cuisine is a family-owned Cajun-style restaurant. Their authentic recipes bring the taste of Louisiana Cajun into Missouri. Spicy Cajun goodness is brought to you by a friendly wait staff (there are less-spicy, American style options as well). Try the Catfish Po’Boy, 6 inches or a foot long, served with Cajun Fries. The building housing Broussard’s is true to the history of the downtown/riverfront area, with vintage architecture. A must for anyone visiting Cape Girardeau, this restaurant has actually been featured on several best of lists, including a couple of our own.
Location: 120 N. Main Street
Dinner Day One: The Open Range Steakhouse, Willow Springs
The Open Range Steakhouse is a family-style restaurant in the small town of Willow Springs. Make sure to get a baked potato, made light and fluffy using real butter. Generous portions allow for you to order half portions or better yet, take some with you for a midnight snack! An added bonus: If you decide to stay at the Comfort Inn next door for the night, the restaurant will give you a 10% discount on your meal. They are located right off the highway at 1208 E. Main Street.
Breakfast Day Two: Gailey’s Breakfast Café, Springfield
Located in the historic old Seville Hotel, Gailey’s has been locally owned and operated since 2005. They serve delicious home-cooked breakfasts accompanied by great specialty coffee and tea. Their specialty omelets are a favorite, in particular the Mediterranean Omelet and also the yummy Sweet Browns. Gailey’s was also voted Best Breakfast for 5 years in a row by 417 magazine. Try the French Quarter with a side of biscuits and gravy (pictured).
Address: 220 E Walnut Street
Lunch Day Two: Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Joplin
Probably the most upscale meal on this trip will be at Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Joplin, and it will also probably be the most expensive. However, it’s absolutely worth it for the best seafood in Joplin! They use fresh, seasonal ingredients, and combine unique flavors with Head Chef Damien Tiregol’s fine culinary style. Known for their crab cakes (pictured), dine in style in a nice, friendly atmosphere.
Address: 815 W 7th Street
Dinner Day Two: White Grill, Nevada
After our fancy lunch, let’s finish out the day with something a little more simple. White Grill in Nevada is a local favorite that has been serving their signature hamburgers for 75 years! Credited with the invention of the “Suzie Q,” a mass of quarter inch strings of potatoes that are deep fried, White Grill’s burgers and Suzie Q’s easily become an addiction, and it's definitely worth a stop.
Location: 200 N Commercial Street
Breakfast Day Three: Kay’s Restaurant, Osage Beach
Kay’s Restaurant is a popular Lake of the Ozarks breakfast destination that offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast. With reasonably priced food and a friendly staff, this breakfast and lunch seasonal restaurant can’t be missed. With all-you-can-eat, you can try a bit of everything, or try one of their delicious omelets like the ham and cheese (pictured).
Location: 4196 Osage Beach Parkway
Lunch Day Three: Kline’s Restaurant, Rosebud
Kline’s is a local favorite in the very small town of Rosebud. They are an extremely busy restaurant serving barbeque, breakfast, burgers, Cajun/Creole, sandwiches and seafood. They offer wonderful food at great prices. Portion sizes are generous.
Location: 302 Old Motel Road.
Dinner Day Three: Dew Drop Inn, Bloomsdale
For the last meal on our journey, we will visit the tiny village of Bloomsdale for a casual dinner at Dew Drop Inn. The newly renovated Dew Drop Inn was originally built as a flour mill in 1897. A home town, casual atmosphere is just the place to wind down after a few days of driving, and classic bar menu items like hand breaded mushrooms, pulled pork nachos, peel-n-eat shrimp, white chicken chili, chicken wings, and sandwiches are sure to please.
Location: 710 US-61
Not only have we supported some local businesses, we have also experienced the beauty of southern Missouri along the way. Are you ready for a trip?