Who doesn’t love a delicious home-cooked meal? Especially when it comes to mom and pop operations, it can feel like an edible hug. If you’re on the hunt for a new spot to try, check out some of the best Missouri has to offer.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Amighetti's – St. Louis, Mo.
This mom-and-pop outfit's original location is still going strong on The Hill.
Be sure to get The Amighetti Special—rumored to be the best sandwich in St. Louis, it comes piled high with ham, roast beef, Genoa salami, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, pepperoncini and an utterly addictive dressing.
2. Anton's Coffee Shop – Springfield, Mo.
Cozy up to this popular restaurant, because you'll want to stay awhile.
Enjoy expertly prepared omelets, corned beef, biscuits and gravy and other diner classics.
3. Bloomfield's Family Restaurant – Marshall, Mo.
This family-owned gem is known for its homemade pies and hearty breakfasts.
Is your stomach grumbling yet?
4. Casa Montez – Joplin, Mo.
For 50 years, this Joplin mainstay has been serving up delicious homemade Mexican cuisine.
Wash the popular cheese dip down with a famous margarita.
5. Cascone's Grill – Kansas City, Mo.
For an Italian spin on classic American dinner grub, visit Cascone's Grill. This Kansas City favorite has been serving hungry diners since the 1930s.
Where else can you find eggs and pancakes alongside Italian sandwiches and pasta?
6. Cowan's – Washington, Mo.
There's really only one thing you need to know about this decades-old dining destination: Mile-High Pies.
They come in dozens of flavors, from classic blueberry and coconut meringue to chocolate chip pecan and key lime.
7. Emmet's Kitchen and Tap – Fayette, Mo.
A laid-back atmosphere, scrumptious, upscale meals—what more could you want?
Don't pass over the daily specials, posted daily on a chalkboard.
8. Farmhouse Restaurant – Branson, Mo.
Beloved by tourists and locals alike, this long-time eatery serves up delectable home-style favorites in Branson's historic downtown district. Get the fried chicken … or country-fried steak … or catfish.
Whatever you order, don't miss the blackberry cobbler for dessert.
9. Boji Stone Cafe – Chillicothe, Mo.
This coffeehouse and eatery serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The homemade cheesecake and ice cream are divine!
You can even find Elvis Presley's favorite: peanut butter, banana, honey and bacon on a pretzel roll.
10. Myrtle's Place – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Come for the barbecue, stay for the fresh pies.
Are you hungry yet?
11. Ole Planters – Hannibal, Mo.
This Hannibal eatery promises real home cooking with family recipes.
Whether you're craving meatloaf, mashed potatoes or barbecue, you can find it here.
12. Stacey's Place – Mexico, Mo.
Grab a seat on the patio and get ready for finger-licking fried chicken, catfish and more!
Be sure to leave room for the homemade meringue pies.
13. Steve's Family Style Restaurant – Lohman, Mo.
With country classics in a casual atmosphere—you can't go wrong!
The fried chicken is especially delicious.
14. White Rose Cafe – Union, Mo.
This family-run cafe has been around for almost a century.
Indulge in fried chicken, roast beef, pork chops, house-made soups or any number of other down-home faves.