Missouri has many great eateries that have been featured on many nationally televised networks. Some of these restaurants have gained such notoriety for their amazing eats that people will line up around the building to wait for a table. While a long wait is not usually something most diners look forward to, these 10 famous restaurants are so good that they are worth waiting in line for. Grab your eating pants because you’ll want to visit every restaurant on this list!
1. Lambert’s Cafe – Sikeston
Lambert’s, home of the trowed rolls, has been a road trip staple of Missourians for decades. With huge portions and country style cooking it’s no wonder people are willing to wait for a seat. Find Lambert’s at 2305 E. Malone Ave., Sikeston.
2. Q39 – Kansas City
Q39 is one of Kansas City’s newer barbecue joints but it has quickly become one of the most popular. With barbecue fare beyond the expected ribs and brisket, Q39 offers veggie burgers, specialty sandwiches, and salads. The wait may be long but it’s always worth it. Find Q39 at 1000 W. 39th St., Kansas City.
3. Broadway Oyster Bar – St. Louis
St. Louis has a fairly strong presence of Cajun restaurants but one eclectic eatery stands out among the crowd. Broadway Oyster Bar serves amazing creole food and features far out jazz musicians nightly. Enjoy oysters on the half shell with a hurricane and for a brief moment you may think you’re on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Broadway Oyster Bar can be found at 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis.
4. Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue – Kansas City
Arthur Bryant’s is one of the original barbecue joints of Kansas City. Since 1930, Arthur Bryant’s has been serving up some of the best barbecue in the nation. Presidents, movie starts, and professional athletes have all stood in line for this legendary barbecue. Visit the original location at 1727 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City and expect a long line.
5. Crown Candy Kitchen
Crown Candy Kitchen has been featured on Food Network and the Travel Channel. Located in old North St. Louis this little sweets shop and restaurants has been satisfying locals since 1913. Enjoy a chocolate malt, heart-stopping BTL, and take home some chocolates for the ultimate Crown Candy experience. Find them at 1401 St Louis Ave., St. Louis.
6. Shakespeare’s Pizza – Columbia
Shakespeare’s pizza in Columbia is a beloved eatery of all Mizzou grads. You find lines on weekends and especially on game days but the fresh toppings and and tossed crust make it all worth it. Voted as the best college hangout in the country by Good Morning America. Grab a slice at the “original” location at 225 S. 9th St., Columbia.
7. Blues City Deli – St. Louis
The only time you won’t find a line wrapped around the building at Blues City Deli is on Sunday when their doors are closed. These phenomenal sandwiches are worth the wait and the line moves quickly! Try the Thunderbird Po Boy or the St. Louis Primo. In addition to great sandwiches, you can also catch live music. Blues City Deli is located at 2438 McNair, St. Louis.
8. The Blue Owl – Kimmswick
The Blue Owl has always been loved by locals but it burst onto the national scene after Oprah featured the Levee High Apple Pie in her magazine. Since then, the Blue Owl has been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel, and the Today Show. Have a slice of the amazing levee high apple pie after a great home cooked meal. Find The Blue Owl at 6116 Second St., Kimmswick.
9. Stroud’s Restaurant – Kansas City
Stroud’s is a Kansas City classic. This famous eatery is known for thier outstanding fried chicken. The lines may be long but the filling home-cooked meal is well worth the wait. Visit the original Stroud’s at 5410 NE Oak Ridge Rd., Kansas City.
10. Pappy’s Smokehouse – St. Louis
Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis serves up the best barbecue on the east side of the state until they sell out, which happens often. Voted best ribs in the nation by Food Network, you’ll see that they live up to the reputation. Find the best barbecue in St. Louis at 3106 Olive St.
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