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Cafe Berlin fills its kitchen with vegetables, coffee, dairy, free-range eggs, and other natural and organic foods from local farms, including Patchwork Family Farms, Green Hills Harvest Dairy, and Lakota Coffee Company. Breakfast, which is served all day, includes dishes such as Turkish-style eggs, french toast, and pancake burritos?a large pancake that enfolds two scrambled eggs and Patchwork bacon, served with maple syrup. Black-bean quesadillas, burgers with local, organic beef, and housemade soups crown the lunch menu and pair with an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Cafe Berlin then reopens daily at 5 p.m. as a bar scene featuring craft beers and cocktails made using the same fresh ingredients they use to make brunch.

Plastic dinosaurs and Godzilla figures dot the sunny dining room, where they hang from the rafters, sit on the counter, and gnaw on table legs. Patrons can gaze at the eclectic decor while listening to live music or tales from the Porch Light storytelling series.

220 N 10th St
Columbia,
MO
US

The Copper Kettle?s menu is a throwback to simpler times. Country-fried steak, fried chicken, and beef pot roast are just three of the kitchen?s dinner specialties. Each comes with macaroni and cheese or potatoes, plus a trip to the salad bar. If they still have room, diners can finish the meal with one of six homemade pies, in daily rotating flavors such as apple, lemon, and sugar-free banana cr?me. Breakfast?from biscuits and gravy to fluffy flapjacks?is served morning or night. The Copper Kettle also has a kid?s menu, featuring chicken strips and grilled cheese to keep tykes from stealing bites off their parent?s plates or chewing off their own arm.

508 E Liberty Ln.
Ashland,
MO
US

Seated among framed photos and wood wainscoting, visitors to The Gathering Place Café munch on hearty servings of daily specials that range from beef burritos to chicken-fried steaks. Serving up kansas city strip steaks every Saturday night and biscuits and gravy each morning, The Gathering Place continuously satiates diners with all local beef and farm-fresh, free-range eggs that wander into the kitchen.

4004 Highway 5
New Franklin,
MO
US

Named one of the city's best sushi restaurants by Inside Columbia magazine, Sake boasts a cabal of blade-bearing masters that roll, fry, sear, and bake traditional Japanese dishes. Slicing an ocean's worth of sushi, Sake serves nigiri ($4–$6), sashimi ($8–$9) and an assortment of rolls such as the Mizzou roll, stuffed with spicy tuna and topped with tuna sashimi, green onions, chili oil, and unagi sauce ($12). Dinners include the seafood tempura, which tempts with lightly fried prawns, scallops, ika, crab, and vegetables, delivered golden-brown ($14). Sound off calls to draw the seared, baked duck breast into a bath of delicate lemon-honey-sauce glaze and crushed honeyed walnuts ($18). Feel refreshed after washing it all down with the rising sun martini’s concoction of chilled sake, orange juice, and cherry ($6), instead of downing a shot of mouthwash and screaming into a pillow for 10 seconds.

16 S 10th St
Columbia,
MO
US

Country Kitchen's rustic menu serves up traditional comfort fare abetted by chicken-fried chicken, ribs, assorted veggies, and home-style desserts every day of the week, with specialty entrees making frequent guest appearances. Eschew your morning foraging for a hearty breakfast such as the ham and cheese omelette ($7.99) or a farm skillet ($8.29) bedecked with sausage, two eggs, onions, and green peppers atop a lofty hash-brown haystack.

1712 N Providence Rd
Columbia,
MO
US

The skilled meal sculptors at 9th Street Deli have been chiseling splendidly stacked sandwiches since 1974. Cocooned in fresh, locally baked baguettes, signature sandwiches include delicious mouth-stuffers such as The District––topped with a choice of roast beef or turkey, pepper jack, cream cheese, veggies, and a zingy honey-dijon dressing ($6.25 full, $3.55 half)––and The Dylan––a meaty medley of roast beef, ham, bacon, cream cheese, veggies, and mayo, often known by its birth name, The Robert Zimmerman. Or, chow down on an authentic all-beef Chicago-style hot dog, which is classically enveloped in a poppy-seed bun, piled high with onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, and dressed in a piquant mustard and relish ($3.95). Those feeling artistically inspired can create their own sandwich by mixing and matching choices from an extensive selection of fresh breads, meats, vegetables, cheeses, and spreads, before complementing the creation with a bowl of homemade soup ($2.99–$3.99), a crisp garden-fresh salad ($2.99–$6.59), or a haiku about its winning personality.

28 N 9th St
Columbia,
MO
US