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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Great food in Columbia, Missouri

Menu at Ernie's
I ate my way through Columbia, Missouri's famous restaurants. If you're visiting the area, take time to sample them. Anyone who attended Mizzou will already have them on their favorites list.

Try Ernie's for breakfast! Chester Gould, the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, loved it so much that he gave the restaurant an original drawing about his favorite menu item, the Chopped Cow.

From the crowds, I have to think Columbia residents enjoy Ernie's as much as the visitors.

Booches' sports memorabilia
Booches is another college hangout. Famous for their burgers and the pool tables in the back, it was another standing room-only crowd. The burgers, while tasty, are small so you might want to order two. Be prepared to check out the sports memorabilia on the walls.

Shakespeare's Pizza just might spoil your taste for other pizza. It's as delicious and lives up to its reputation. I loved their salad, too.
Shakespeare's Pizza
Blufftop Bistro

The Flat Branch Pub and Brewing boasts the largest bar in Columbia. Like all the other places I visited, it was packed and the food was excellent. (I didn't get a photo from the Flat Branch).

Les Bourgeois Vineyards' Blufftop Bistro sets high on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. Visitors enjoy the food and the view.
Sparky's Ice Cream

No visit to Columbia would be complete without a stop at Sparky's homemade ice cream. Samples are free and you'll have a tough time making choices.

Wherever you go, it's worth the wait. Whatever your taste, you can probably find it in Columbia.

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