15 Restaurants In Missouri That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out Of Your MouthIf you’re gonna chow down in Missouri, these are the places to be.
1. Order Up Poetic Justus On A Plate
106 W Main St
Smithville, MO 64089
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 112 reviews
A short drive outside of Kansas City to Smithsville, you’ll find Justus Drugstore. But as the sign and the amazing smell that fills the air around it will remind you, this isn’t your grandma’s drugstore, it’s a (spectacular) restaurant. Try the pork tenderloin along with the fresh Berkshire bacon and sausage and pickled vegetables for a meal you’ll be willing to leave the city for again and again.
2. The Details Are In The El Diablo At Johnny Jo’s
1209 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
Yelp: 5 out of 5 stars, 84 reviews
Even a native New Yorker couldn’t argue with the authenticity of the pies at Johnny Joe’s. The crust is thin and crisp and you’ll find a variety of toppings to keep that lovin’ feeling going strong, and the bread they make in-house for their creative sandwiches will never cease to make your life just a little better. Make sure to set aside a Saturday night to experience the massive El Diablo pie, too.
3. Find Barbecue Fit For A President At Arthur Bryants
1727 Brooklyn Ave
Kansas City, MO 64127
Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars, 750 reviews
When POTUS wants barbecue, POTUS gets barbecue. And when he’s passing through Missouri, he gets his barbecue from Arthur Bryants, just like any respectable barbecue lover would. The ribs, burnt ends, sausage, rib tips, pulled pork, and all that turkey – whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it here. And you can even get it by the pound.
4. Come For The Drinks And Stay For The Food At The Beer Kitchen
435 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
4 out of 5 stars on Yelp with 436 reviews
There are good meals and then there are meals so good that you find yourself talking about them for days. Beer Kitchen is the latter, with a large assortment of beer on tap and off-the-wall cocktails (try the Wake & Bacon bloody mary!), the much-celebrated Hogtied sandwich. Pair it with the truffle and parmesan hand-cut fries and you won’t be sorry.
5. Every Day Is Taco Tuesday At Tortilleria Perches
1601 W Sunshine St
Springfield, MO 65807
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 94 reviews
When you’re on the hunt for the best taco that money can buy, head over to Springfield to Tortilleria Perches. Order the tostadas with guacamole, crab, and shrimp and the ultra-fresh tamales. You’ll love the special sauce made with the chilaquiles and the pozole made in-house on the weekends.
6. For Barbecue As Famous As Prince, Check Out Pappy’s Smokehouse
3106 Olive St
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 1523 reviews
It’s not just the food at Pappy's that is some of the best you’ll ever experience, but the remarkably friendly service as well. If you order only one thing, then you most definitely cannot leave without trying the ribs. They really do melt in your mouth the way you dream barbecue will and you’ll end up eating so many, you won’t have room for anything else anyway.
7. Wake Up And Smell The Pancakes At The Big Biscuit
16506 U.S. 40
Independence, MO 64055
Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars, 73 reviews
If you haven’t been to this breakfast spot in Independence yet, then I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you’ve been living in a prison up until now. It’s time to break free and get yourself a plate of pancakes so good, you’ll want to go right back to sleep so that you can wake up and do it all over again.
8. Grab A Brew And A Brat At Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
115 S 5th St
Columbia, MO 65201
Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars, 210 reviews
Flat Branch is the embodiment of “more than meets the eye.” Did the loose paper menus have you assuming that you’re in for a ho-hum dinner? Take one glance of what the menu has to offer, and you’ll be changing your mind faster than you can say “cheddar-jalapeno hush puppies.” The pizzas are also spectacular, but it’s the homestyle foods like meatloaf that really shine.
9. Thai Spice Is Everything Nice
1192 NE Douglas St
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars, 90 reviews
If you find yourself with a craving for curry that you just can’t kick, then get yourself to Thai Spice. Start with some fresh rolls that are so good, you’ll almost forget that you have a meal coming. You absolutely can’t leave without trying the Beef Noodle Soup, but get a friend to order the Pad Thai, Chili Chicken, Tiger Beef Salads, Yellow Curry Seafood, or Pad See Ew so you can try those winning dishes too.
10. Annie Got Her Gun And It’s At A Smokehouse
16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 157 reviews
It’s hard to say for sure what you’ll love here more, your dinner or your dessert. The good news is that it doesn’t really matter--both will leave you raving before you can even get the fork out of your mouth. And you won’t want to skip on the bread pudding. You might, however, want to share it, if you can bring yourself to be that selfless.
11. Get Healthy With Your Main Squeeze
28 S 9th St
Columbia, MO 65201
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp with 90 reviews
Anyone who remembers being nine years old can more than likely recall a time when they proclaimed love for something they were eating and someone yelled, “If you love it so much, then why don’t you marry it?” After you get acquainted with everything Main Squeeze has to offer, it won’t be a joke anymore. Order the Buddha Bowl, Sunshine Burger, rice bowls, or any of the wraps to hit the best of highlights.
12. Get Pho Real
522 Campbell St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 295 reviews
Vietnam Cafe is a small place that is almost always packed with people, and there's a reason why. Start your meal with the spring rolls or sweet potato fries, then move on to the spicy beef pho. And the Vietnam fried rice is the perfect side dish to compliment almost anything on the menu. When you’re done, you’ll be among the many who regularly return. If you think you’ll find better noodles in Missouri, pho-get about it.
13. The Judge Is Always In At Q39
1000 W 39th St
Kansas City, MO 64111
Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars, 262 reviews
At Q39, you’ve officially found yourself in paradise. The wood-fire grilling here makes all the difference, which is why when you want a burger, this is the place to go. The patties are made with all-beef and brisket, and will change your world. If you’re in the mood for strictly barbecue, order the Judge’s Plate and you’ll find yourself buried under finger-licking barbecue chicken, pulled pork, and brisket.
14. Mudhouse Ensures Your Coffee Cup Never Overfloweth Because It Never Endeth
323 South Ave
Springfield, MO 65806
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 73 reviews
Coffee snobs of Missouri, rejoice! You’re in caffeine heaven now, and all is well because you’re surrounded by endless options of superior teas, coffees, and awesome food in a great ambiance. You can use all that delicious caffeine to wash down your perfectly spongy cranberry and nut muffin.
15. Awesome In The Front, Sauce On The Side
903 Pine St
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Yelp: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 392 reviews
If you think that all calzones are created equal, that’s because you haven’t had one from Sauce on the Side yet. Each doughy pocket is filled with a unique culinary experience of its own. You can go with the safe options like the Meat Me In St. Louie, or something a little more daring like the Five-O which is loaded with all the Hawaiian style goodness your tastebuds can handle. And don’t pass up on the calzone filled with Nutella and bananas.
What’s your go-to for great grub in Missouri? Tell us in the comments below!