A diner's oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of classic American fare at The Gathering Place Café in New Franklin.
The Gathering Place Café's culinary crew uses eggs and meats sourced from nearby farms to hand prepare a casual array of sandwiches, chicken, and homemade desserts cataloged on the menu. Stanch mouth watering with American classics such as the third-pound burger and fries ($5.25), made with free-range Missouri Legacy beef and served on a grass-fed bun. A triumvirate of crispy chicken strips with a choice of ranch, homemade-mustard or barbecue dipping sauce and fries stock the chicken-strip basket ($6.25), and diners can round out a meal with an order of hand-cut and battered onion rings ($2/small; $4.50/large), which double as insulated beverage cozies and triple as key chains. The Gathering Place Café also supplicates sweet teeth with a flaky selection of homemade desserts and pies ($12–$25).
Early risers can sample an invigorating selection of breakfast fare, such as freshly baked biscuits smothered in homemade sausage gravy ($2.75 for two; $4 for four) or the breakfast burrito ($4), which conceals two free-range eggs, sausage, green peppers, onions, cheese and a secret past of vegetarianism.
The Gathering Place Café
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 Hwy. 5
New Franklin, Missouri 65279