Often times, some of the best restaurants in Missouri are hidden in little towns and kept secret by locals. That is definitely the case with these awesome restaurants that have managed to stay under the radar for years. Now the secret is out, check out these 10 restaurants in Missouri that are well worth finding.
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1. Willow Springs Mercantile - Excelsior Springs
If you're looking for a great place for lunch or a healthy meal that is bursting with flavor visit Willow Springs Mercantile.
You can peruse the store front which boats a huge selection of Missouri wines, beers, and spirits. Then head to the lower level to eat. They offer awesome soups, salads, and sandwiches. One of the mor popular nights are the wine dinners where each dish is paired with a great Missouri wine! Find this eater at 249 E Broadway
2. Il Lazzarone - St. Joseph
If you're looking for a hip, locally owned eatery in St. Joseph with fresh flavors and a great drink menu.
Each hand tossed pizza is made to order. Unlike most American style pizza joints at Il Lazzarone each pizza is personal sized. Go for a veggie loaded supremo or the Italian meat lovers Il Porcellini. Find this awesome restaurant at 1628 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph.
3. The Rebel Pig - Palmyra
In the tiny town of Palmyra is a great little barbecue joint, The Rebel Pig. Their smoker is always parked out front and on most nights you'll find a full dining room.
Locals love the pulled pork horseshoe and the pulled pork nachos but honestly everything on the menu will tantalize your taste buds. Come out on Friday nights for all you can eat fried catfish. The Rebel Pig is located at 119 S Main St., Palmyra.
4. Mary Jane Burgers & Brew - Perryville
It's almost impossible to find a bad review of Mary Jane Burgers and Brews. This trendy restaurant features incredible burger creations, tacos, and other mouth watering sandwiches along with amazing craft beers from across the nation.
With so many great burger options it's hard to suggest just one so follow your heart and you'll cetainly be satisfied. As for sides, try the mac and cheese or the beer fries. Find Mary Jane Burgers and Brews at 102 N Jackson St., Perryville.
5. Celebrations - Cape Girardeau
Fine dining with hometown charm is what you can expect at Celebrations in Cape Girardeau. This restaurant is not what you would expect to find in Cape but is a great hidden gem.
Each dish is plated with car and the flavors are phenomenal. You'll find unexpected dishes like antelope and dory fish. Definetly save room for dessert because their banana cream pie is off the carts good! Find this fine dining establishment at 615 Bellevue St.,
6. Bread + Butter - Poplar Bluff
Bread + Butter is one of the newer additions to the Poplar Bluff dining scene. From breakfast to dinner, you can have a great meal any time of the day at Bread + Butter.
From gourmet coffee to a cold and refreshing beer after work, this cafe has it all. You'll love the huge sandwich selection, try the Pork Pork Chick sandwich that is topped with a fried egg! Visit Bread + Butter for a awesome dining experience at 2586 North Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff.
7. The Garage Burgers & Brew - Harrisonville
This little hole-in-the-wall eatery doesn't look like much but if you want a fantastic burger with no fuss, it's the place to be.
It can sometime be hard to find good beer in a small town but have more than just your average domestic beer choices. The burgers are hand-made and the fires, onion rings, and tater tots always come out fresh and crispy. Check out The Garage Burgers & Brew at 1400 S Commercial St., Harrisonville.
8. Roadhouse Warsaw - Warsaw
This bar and grill off the Lake of the Ozarks is a hidden gem loved by locals. Their food is made from scratch and they only serve fresh, locally raised beef.
Many of the items on their menu feature unique flavor combinations that you won't find anywhere else. Try the garlic fries and the bacon burger. Don't forget to have a great drink from their fully stocked bar with your dinner. Visit them at 31311 Warsaw Ave.,
9. Honey Chile' Please - Waynesville
Authentic southern soul food is at the heart of every dish created at Honey Chile' Please in rural Waynesville. From spicy fried chicken to a Cajun/Asian creation this little eatery goes all out on flavor.
Grab a seat in the dining room and check out the newspaper floors while you wait. Your heaping plate will arrive hot, fresh, and perfectly seasoned. You won't want to miss out on dessert. The menu is always changing but the desserts are always beyond your wildest dreams. Find Honey Chile' Please at 1100 Old Historic Rt 66,
10. Beckett's - Glasgow
This elegant restaurant is the perfect place for steaks and a great cocktail. You'll love the gourmet quality food in the relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Using fresh quality ingrediants, Beckett's serves fine steaks, burgers, and chicken. Each entree is cooked to the perfect temperature and his bursting with flavor. Located in a refurbished historic building just steps from the Missouri River, your trip to the small town of Glasgow will be well worth it. Find Beckett's at 510 1st St., Glasgow.
Have you been to any of these secret restaurants? What other “best kept secret” restaurants in Missouri should make the list? Tell us in the comments below!