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.
Hotel Seville is situated near the heart of Harrison, and that puts you within walking distance of the town's historical shopping district and ]the 1909 Boone County Courthouse. Stop into Boone County Heritage Museum to find exhibits on bank robber Henry Starr, the railroad, and Civil War veterans.Harrison is located within the Ozarks, a scenic plateau that encompasses southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and bits of Oklahoma, and Kansas. The area's trademark towering limestone bluffs are on display at the nearby Buffalo National River Park. Head here to hike on 100 miles of trails or canoe the Buffalo River, one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the contiguous United States.Roughly 30 miles north of Harrison is Branson, the entertainment capital of the Show Me State. With the family fun package included with the three-night option, you'll receive tickets to Branson-area attractions including the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Castle of Chaos, as well as other sites in nearby Eureka Springs.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
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.
Brewing their own line of beans and building sandwiches and salads behind the bar, the staff of Jammin Java relieves coffee cravings as well as hunger pangs. The espresso machine whirs to life as baristas steam milk to create lattes, cappuccinos, and puffy foam clouds shaped like manatees. Stop by in the morning for pastries. In the afternoons and evenings, you can munch on sandwiches stuffed with roast beef, hickory turkey, and fresh, crispy veggies.
Dinner and a movie might be a nice night out, but nobody likes it when you try to talk to the characters on screen. At Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, the main event is an interactive experience. Patrons gather round tables, enjoying a hand-crafted three-course meal, as murderous events unfold onstage. Audience members, young and old, are encouraged to do their own sleuthing as they watch, and interaction with the actors is encouraged. These thespians often honor their favorite audience members with a Super Sleuth award or really big smiles that even include eye contact. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend; even though the subject matter is murder, the play itself is a comic farce designed to please the whole family.
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.