Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.
Inside India Clay Oven’s namesake tandoori oven, open flames lick skewers of chicken, filets of mahi mahi, or morsels of lamb. The chefs make good use of each of the tender meats while also crafting vegetarian specialties that focus on potatoes and paneer—a fresh white cheese similar to a mild feta. Chicken and lamb simmers in vindaloo or creamy tikka masala sauce perfumed with ginger, garlic, coriander, and tomatoes. The levels of spiciness in each dish can be adjusted for sensitive taste buds or a need to pretend to be crying during your boss’ piano recital. India Clay Oven’s dining room, from the goldenrod hue of the walls to its colorful vases of flowers, reflects the rainbow of colors found in the cumin- and chili-tinged dishes.
Since Garfield's Restaurant & Pub opened its first location in 1984, it has been whipping up a menu of American favorites. Burgers, pastas, steaks, and sandwiches recall backyard get-togethers, family dinners, and steak-eating championships while simultaneously forging new memories. Among these classic offerings is the Simply Perfect burger, which tops two patties with American cheese and signature sauce, and a hand-cut sirloin steak that can be smothered in saut?ed onions and mushrooms. Adults can also enjoy selections from the pub's beers and specialty drinks, such as a top-shelf "perfect" margarita or strawberry-peach sangria.
Described by Kansas City Golf Tournament & Travel Magazine as "Ozark Mountain golf at its finest," LedgeStone Country Club’s course boasts a satisfying combination of both picturesque scenery and challenging design. The course’s "front and back nines flow seamlessly," and welcome guests during peak golfing season and even during traditional golfer hibernation months, either on the greens or inside the 27,000-square-foot clubhouse. There, visitors will find a pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Linda and Steve Wood broke the ground on their first Australian-themed enterprise when they opened The Outback Steak and Oyster Bar in 1987. Over the years, the eatery garnered enough attention from Ozark visitors that it inspired the couple to open the Outback Outfitters clothing store in 1989. Nearly a decade later the Woods converted the store into the Outback Pub, adorning its walls with Australian articles and serving a menu of down home, exotic fare. Wild appetizers such as kookaburra-sauce-laden gator tail cause taste buds to don tiny safari caps before trekking through entrees of seasoned grouper or the tavern's specialty Shepparton chicken pot pie. Sips from more than 100 beers bring tides of malty and hoppy flavor, while live entertainment hosted every night gives the dinner crowd a soundtrack more pleasing than compliment-whispering earmuffs.
To replicate the thin-crust pies found in New York's Italian-American neighborhoods, Giovanni's chefs make everything from scratch and bake their five-borough recreations atop a toasted hearthstone. They load their slices with layers of fresh mozzarella and an eclectic mix of toppings. Tables, draped in classic red-and-white checkered cloths, buckle under the weight of the pies, including the Coney Island piled with freshwater clams, garlic, and spices.
In addition to baking circular eats, the cooks marinate Sicilian-style chicken in extra-virgin olive oil and herbs before fire-roasting it on the rotisserie. Forks excavate the lasagna's layers, burrowing through strata of imported pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, and housemade tomato sauce, to unearth hearty pieces of meat or veggies.