Restaurants in Missouri

The barbecue of Kansas City is legendary, rightfully so. But K.C., MO, also is home to four-star fried chicken dinners and some of the best blue-ribbon steaks in all of the Midwest. At the other side of the state, St. Louis has its own fine barbecue customs as well as custard that sets the Midwest benchmark. The Gateway City is home to a multitude of unique specialties that include toasted ravioli, St. Paul sandwiches (egg foo young on white bread), and a sweet tooth’s best friend, gooey butter cake. And there’s Branson, which has its fair share of tourist-trap restaurants with forgettable food, but also boasts a number of hidden gem dining opportunities well worth a detour.

Missouri’s Most Famous Dishes

Two rib bones are laden with a great mass of spice-crusted, smoke-cooked beef

BBQ Ribs

A thin square of gooey butter cake dusted with powdered sugar shows a chewy edge and custard-soft center

Gooey Butter Cake

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.


Bakery-fresh loaf of Italian bread, resting on the bag it was sold in

Bread & Rolls

Missouri’s Best Restaurants

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