Branson, a city of countless entertainment theaters, not to mention zip lines, wax museums, and mini-golf courses, is a tourist Mecca. But that doesn’t mean it lacks good places to eat. In fact, some restaurants that cater to tourists do a fine job serving honest Ozark vittles, like the pork tenderloin at the always-crowded downtown Branson Cafe, or good smoke-cooked meats at Danna’s BBQ & Burger Shop, or cinnamon rolls at Grandma Ruth’s (where there really IS a Grandma Ruth). Our favorites include a from-scratch bakery that makes brilliant salads (and cookies) as well as the Keeter Center restaurant, where a staff of students work their way through College of the Ozarks by serving brilliant farm-to-table fare that includes bacon from hogs raised on premises and ice cream from the campus creamery.
Grandma Ruth's utterly fresh, oven-warm cinnamon rolls are a true taste of country baking in Branson, Missouri.
Danna's is a big, happy purveyor of hand-pattied burgers and long-smoked meats including ribs, pork, brisket, sausage & chicken.
The Branson Cafe remains a bastion of from-scratch home cooking on Main Street. Comfort food includes magnificent onion rings, great tenderloins & mighty pies.
The Keeter Center restaurant, staffed by students from College of the Ozarks, is an oasis of sophisticated country fare and warm hospitality.
From-scratch cooking and breakfast all day (until early afternoon closing) make the Hungry Hunter a favorite diner among travelers as well as locals.
A happy little coffee shack on the way to Silver Dollar City, Habby's makes espresso drinks, chai tea, and ultra-refreshing Bean Freeze.
Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe is a cheerful storefront in Branson's Grand Village Mall. Sophisticated fare includes creative salads & sandwiches & killer cookies.