Now we’re back with 11 more that are equally as amazing. Whether unique for ambiance, decor, menu, or events, all of these will provide you with a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
1. Undercliff Bar and Grill, Tipton Ford, Joplin
Besides the unique location under a cliff, this made-to-order burger joint is special for many other reasons. They are not fast food, and take pride in taking time with your order to make it perfect. While you are waiting, you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere and have a few drinks with friends. They make their own chips fresh with each order, and besides standard American fare, they also have specialties like Frito Chili Pie and Spaghetti Red. Both dishes are made with their signature house chili.
Location: 6385 Old Highway 71
2. Tokyo Japanese Steak and Sushi, Joplin
Probably the most unique thing about this restaurant is that it is a Japanese hibachi restaurant…in Joplin. The hibachi chefs put on quite a show while preparing your meal right at your table. At the sushi bar, the head sushi chef hand rolls your choice of over 30 sushi options. They also offer a full bar including Japanese wine and beers.
Location: 511 N Range Line Road
3. Carl's Drive In, Brentwood
This classic Route 66-themed burger joint is a place where time stands still. Despite being extremely small, (only sixteen-seats!) it is usually filled beyond capacity during peak hours, and definitely worth fighting the “crowd.” Everything is up close and personal, with food cooked to order within inches of those lucky enough to have snagged a stool. Don’t leave without trying their custom-brewed root beer, which they claim to be from the original IBC recipe.
Location: 9033 Manchester Road
4. Spencer's Grill, Kirkwood
A hometown favorite located in the heart of downtown, Spencer's Grill has been serving Kirkwood diners from that same spot since 1947. Best known for their traditional breakfast items, Spencer's cooks up pancakes and omelets and all the rest with consistent tastiness. They also offer lunch with a variety of sandwiches and burgers. Take note: they are only open until 2:00 pm.
Location: 223 S Kirkwood Road
5. Lamberts, Sikeston
You’ve probably heard about Lambert’s, “home of the throwed rolls.” But a unique restaurant list would not be complete without their inclusion. They have three locations, the most well-known being the original one in the town of Sikeston. People come from all over to dine on generous servings of food, all while having some fun and allowing people to throw rolls at them. They don’t accept credit cards or take reservations, so come prepared to wait and bring cash.
Location: 2305 E. Malone
6. Kehde's BBQ in Sedalia
Family-owned for three generations, this barbecue spot is located in a classic 1920’s train car! Besides barbecue, they also serve croissants, sandwiches, burritos, and their famous Posh potatoes.
Location: 1915 S. Limit Avenue
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7. Blueberry Hill, St. Louis
This St. Louis landmark is most famous for Chuck Berry performances on the third Wednesday of each month in the Duck Room. He once played every single month from 1996 through his 88th birthday week in October 2014. Besides Chuck Berry and the Duck Room, the restaurant is also famous for its decor, its cheeseburger and its darts room. Since opening in 1972, the restaurant has expanded into the adjacent spaces to the east and the west, and it now occupies an entire block of Delmar Boulevard. Outside the restaurant, you’ll find the St. Louis Walk of Fame by Joe Edwards, lining the sidewalks on both sides of Delmar, and made up of bronze stars and informative biographical plaques honoring St. Louis-area natives who have made major national contributions to American cultural heritage.
Location: 6504 Delmar in The Loop
8. The White Rose Café, Union
A Union downtown landmark for more than 75 years, the family-owned and operated White Rose Café originally started as a single pump gas station! It has changed and grown over the years into the 116 seat cafe it is today, serving home-style country food, breakfast all day, and evening specials. Most interestingly, they celebrate their anniversary each year with a car show held on the first Sunday of every June. Unlike a lot of car shows, everyone is invited to participate! There are motorcycles, old and new cars, trucks, classics and everything in between.
Location: 208 E. Main St.
9. Cigar Box, Kansas City
The smell of cigars is something not surprising in a place called the Cigar Box. The truly unique combination of saloon, Italian restaurant, and cigars is a throwback to a different time. This walk-in humidor filled with classy stogies and pretty waitresses is a place where it’s perfectly fine to smoke, drink, and binge on Italian food. It’s especially appealing to the guys (of course), but the menu will appeal to everyone. Although the smell of cigars may linger inside, if you want to smoke one of the cigars, you’ll have to go outside.
Location: 1519 Grand Blvd
10. Barney's Bar-B-Q, Ellisville
Barney’s is an open pit style barbecue spot open only in the summer and on weekends. Since 1963, Barney’s has been a staple in Ellisville, making their own charcoal and hand carrying to the pit with a shovel. Their famous vinegar-based sauce creates a fantastic spicy crust on the meat. House specialties include ribs, chicken, and pork steak, and you can finish it off with their Famous Pumpkin Cake for dessert.
Location: 16011 Manchester Road
11. Melt, St. Louis
What is NOT unique about Melt? Sweet and savory waffles are the base menu item that every dish is built upon, with names like “Pscyho Monkey” and “Blue Ox.” In a funky and eclectic atmosphere, they have a live music stage hosting everything from folk to punk rock, along with cocktails, beer, coffee, and smoothies.
Location: 2712 Cherokee Street
So, now we have shared with you 21 unique restaurants in Missouri. Have we missed one? Have you visited any of those listed? What was your experience? Share in the comments below.