220 Jan Howard Expy
West Plains, MO 65775
Phone: (417) 257-2711
Fax: (417) 204-4806
Whether you want your beef so rare that a good vet could save it, or so well done that the arson inspector could not even identify it, this place will flame broil it to perfection for you. Situated away from The Strip on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, locals have grown to love this steakhouse. The lunch menu offers hearty sandwiches, salads and luncheon cuts of the best beef available. Since you're in a steakhouse, you will probably want to order something like the rib eye, but the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and white gravy is good too, and maybe even better than mom's.
The Paddlewheel sits adjacent to the Main Street Lake Cruises boarding terminal on the banks of majestic Lake Taneycomo. The old-fashioned restaurant has great views over the lake and on the menu you'll find simple, American food like hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and the very popular fried pickles of course. If you can't find a table on the patio, inside the spacious seating area, you can catch the game or escape the cold and listen to live music. The Paddlewheel is perfect in the summer, that is probably why it's so crowded, but don't worry tables turn over quite fast.
Famous Dave's BBQ is known domestically in several states and at each establishment, diners consistently find good brisket, pork and of course their award-winning ribs. This one in Branson has all the classics and combos, from Texas brisket to St. Louis racks, all the BBQ regions in the states are covered. The portions are large, it's perfect for the family and if you need a big event or party catered, Famous Dave's will take care of your needs. The menus vary slightly by location, so check website for local menu.
The Emerald Isle makes its appearance in Branson with this Irish restaurant and bar that features great beer and even better pub grub. The menu offers sandwiches, burgers and salads alongside entrees like Shepherd's Pie, Irish Boxty and chicken made Wicklow style. The bar has all the beers you may know from Eire, like Guinness, Smithwick's and Bulmer's as well as many others. Moreover, there are always nightly specials on the menu and if you are holding an event, the 'Guinness Room' provides a great option. For more information on pub events, menu, etc., check their website.
The Old Chicago restaurant is an old-school spot that serves pizza, pasta, calzones, salads, sandwiches, burgers and just about everything else out of the kitchen. With franchises in more than 22 states, Old Chicago is known for the amount of beer options that they have, from domestics to rare imports, there is a sud that suits every palate. OC also functions as a sports bar on the weekends and during the NFL season it can get very crowded.
This classic Italian restaurant is proof that looks can be deceiving. Although it is located in a mammoth roadhouse (it was once a feed store), the interior is anything but hillbilly. The dining room is a virtual art gallery and you can almost here the Mediterranean mandolins in the distance. Spaghetti and meatballs anchor the menu, but other non-Italian dishes are also available, some of which have been given a bit of old country flavor. Even the chicken noodle soup has hints of basil, oregano and garlic. The raviolis here are worth a try, especially if you get them smothered in Alfredo-wine sauce.
Established in 1910, this cafe has endured the test of time, including the Great Depression and the two world wars. There is a reason for this, too. The cafe serves up hot, delicious food, consistently good coffee, and incredible desserts. The downtown building, with its rough-cut wood paneling and checkered tablecloths, is tended to by a cheerful, energetic staff. It is no wonder the place is usually teeming with hungry clients. The biscuits and gravy will certainly remind you of home, if you want to feel a little more homesick, try the pork tenderloin sandwiches.
Branson isn't necessarily known as a food Mecca, where James Beard award winners and Michelin stars abound, however it has simple and unpretentious restaurants that all suffice nicely. The Farmhouse Restaurant is one of those spots, it's extremely family friendly with one of the longest menus in town, where everyone will find something to choose. The menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, salads and some massive entrees like chicken-fried steak and roast beef. For dessert, don't forget to try their blackberry cobbler, it's a house specialty.
Since this pizzeria is located in the suburb of Hollister, MO about five minutes from downtown Branson and across the White River, it is often off-the-radar for most tourists while they're on the famous 'Strip'. The kitchen makes all of the pizza ingredients from scratch, so you can rest assured that the sauce will be bright and the crust flaky. Some of the specialty pizzas are definitely for the adventurous, for instance the chicken, bacon, ranch is exactly as advertised and the 'Cheeseburger' has all the ingredients you would typically find in that sandwich, even the mustard and ketchup! Aside from the pizzas, Hook & Ladder serves subs, sandwiches, soups and salads as well.
This restaurant is run as a Bass Pro Shop establishment and it's this outfitter that brings the flavor of the historic White River to the delight of tourists as well as locals. This restaurant on the banks of the river and right in the heart of bustling Branson Landing is the quintessential spot to try when you want fish and other fruits from the sea. Some of the items on the menu include the interesting breaded alligator tail, venison stuffed mushrooms and smoked trout as well as a large variety of burgers and steaks. The views over the river are spectacular and service is always friendly, both of which are attributes that never lose their charm.
Down-home, American comfort food is one thing visitors will consistently encounter on every corner in this part of the Ozarks. Black Oak Grill is no exception. Here, the menu is extensive and the prices are apt considering the portions. All entrees come will the usual options like baked potatoes, fries, salads, etc., and they also have a kid's menu that's perfect for little palates.
There aren't too many options when it comes to Mexican food in Branson, however a reliable option is always Cantina Laredo. This chain restaurant has locations throughout the country and even a couple abroad (think London), where the portions are large and tasty. To begin, guests can order guacamole made fresh at your table and their ensaladas or salads are large enough for a meal in itself. The enchilada options are varied, where diners have their choice in crab, chicken, mole and for vegetarians, try the Enchilada de Avocado. The specialties of the house include fajitas, chipotle chicken, chile relleno and their outstanding Mango Mole Chicken as well as many nightly specials that are not on the menu.