Posted in Missouri Food & Dining August 20, 2016 by Vanessa These 10 Amazing Missouri Restaurants Are Loaded With Local History Not only will you get to enjoy some great food, but you’ll also get to experience a bit of history with each one. 1. Hendel's Restaurant - Florissant Hendel's Restaraunt/Facebook Hendel's Restaraunt/Facebook Before it became a restaurant, Hendel's was a specialty grocery and butcher shop. But in 1994, Ed Bennett purchased the building and turned it into a restaurant, keeping the Hendels' name. 599 St Denis St. Florissant, MO 63031 2. J. Huston Tavern - Arrow Rock J. Huston Tavern/Facebook J. Huston Tavern/Facebook This tavern is not only a part of the Arrow Rock State Historic site, but it's also the oldest restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Opened in 1834, it was a popular place for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail to stop and eat. 304 Main St. Arrow Rock, MO 65320 3. Blueberry Hill - St. Louis Blueberry Hill/Facebook Blueberry Hill/Facebook Joe and Edwards opened this iconic restaraunt in St. Louis in 1974. In 1997 they opened the Duck Room where the famous Chuck Berry played monthly up until 2014. 6504 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63130 4. Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor & Emporium - Hannibal mamacindysue/Trip Advisor mamacindysue/Trip Advisor This little ice cream shop was named after Becky Thatcher, Sam's love interest in Mark Twain's book, "Huckleberry Finn." Becky was inspired by a girl named Laura Hawkins who grew up in Hannibal in the 1840s. 318 N Main St. Hannibal, MO 63401 5. Lambert's Cafe Lambert's Cafe/Facebook Lambert's Cafe/Facebook Home of the "throwed rolls," Lambert's Cafe has been up and running since 1942. It's become so well-liked over the years, that they now have three locations, though the most popular one is in Sikeston. 2305 E Malone Ave. Sikeston, MO 63801 6. Crown Candy - St. Louis Crown Candy Kitchen/Facebook Crown Candy Kitchen/Facebook Opened in 1913, this St. Louis landmark remains the oldest soda shop in the metro area and one of the oldest in the country. 1401 St Louis Ave St Louis, MO 63106 7. Dixon's Famous Chili - Independence Dixon's Famous Chili/Facebook Dixon's Famous Chili/Facebook Established in 1919 by Vergene Dixon, Dixon's Famous Chili is still considered by many to be the best chili in the area. So good, that Dixon wouldn't even allow ketchup in his restaurant during the earlier years. One of Dixon's most notable customers was President Harry S. Truman in 1952. 9105 E US Hwy 40 Independence, MO 64055 8. Concert Hall and Barrel - Hermann lorilynn53/TripAdvisor Charmed1994/TripAdvisor Built in 1878, Concert Hall and Barrel featured a saloon on the first floor and an open hall for concerts, plays and dances on the second floor. 206 E 1st St. Hermann, MO 65041 9. Arthur Bryant's - Kansas City Arthur/Bryant's/Facebook Arthur Bryant's/Facebook Arthur Bryant's played host to many visiting pro athletes during the 1950s through the 1970s. Considered to be the best barbecue in Kansas City by many, Bryant's continues to draw people from all over including some famous names such as Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson and President Obama. 1727 Brooklyn Ave. Kansas City, MO 64127 10. The Feasting Fox - St. Louis The Feasting Fox/Facebook The Feasting Fox/Facebook This corner restaurant was established by August A. Busch, Sr. of Anheuser Busch, Inc. in 1914 and originally named Busch's Inn. From the losing money during the prohibition to almost being sold and knocked down to build a fast food joint, this place has had its struggles. However in 1993, Susan and Martin Luepker rehabbed the building and reopened it as The Feasting Fox. 4200 S Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63111 Have a favorite spot in Missouri with a bit of history? Let us know! OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.