Top Choice Vegan in Kansas City


A welcome alternative in a meat-mad city, cozy Fud specializes in reinterpreting American classics as organic, gluten-free vegan food. Try the jackfruit BBQ on sourdough or the mac 'n' cheese made with cashew cheese…
Top Choice American in Branson

Dobyns Dining Room

Located by College of the Ozarks (and staffed by its students), this is as close to fine dining as Branson gets. The setting is grand (think country chic), the prices are reasonable (particularly at lunch) and the s…
Top Choice Modern American in Kansas City


Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. Many stop into this Westport star just for a fine cocktail and some of the small plates of exquisite snacks (the ch…
Top Choice Cafe in St Louis

Crown Candy Kitchen

An authentic family run soda fountain that's been making families smile since 1913. Malts (hot fudge, yum!) come with spoons, the floats, well, float, and you can try the famous BLT. Homemade candies top it off. It'…
Top Choice Cajun in St Louis

Broadway Oyster Bar

Part bar, part live-music venue, but all restaurant, this joint jumps year-round. When the sun shines, people flock outside where they suck down crawfish and other Cajun treats. It's nuts before and after Cardinals …
Top Choice American in St Louis

Shaved Duck

A South Grand stalwart, the Shaved Duck fires up its grills early in the day and turns out excellent BBQ, including the signature smoked duck. Options include fab sandwiches and veggie sides. Live music weeknights.
Top Choice Barbecue in Kansas City

Arthur Bryant's

Not far from the Jazz District, this famous institution serves up piles of superb BBQ. The sauce is silky and fiery, the staff charming and witty. Get the burnt ends.
Top Choice Sweets in St Louis

Ted Drewes

Don't dare leave town without licking yourself silly on this super-creamy ice-cream-like treat at historic Ted Drewes, west of the city center. There's a smaller summer-only branch south of the city center at 4224 S…
Top Choice Modern American in St Louis

Eleven Eleven Mississippi

This popular bistro and wine bar fills an old shoe factory. Dinner mains draw on regional specialties with a farm-to-table vibe. Other options on the seasonal menu include sandwiches, pizzas, steaks and veggie dishe…
Top Choice Italian in St Louis


Redolent of herbs, this family-owned Italian deli serves up fresh salads and sandwiches (get the meaty Hill Boy) to ravenous lunching crowds. Expect lines.