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Apr 10, 2006 11:55 PM

Branson, Missouri

  • t

We will be spending a few days in Branson, in mid May, and would appreciate any reccommondations regarding restaurants.

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  1. c

    Unfortunately, Applebee's is probably your best bet in Branson.

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    1. re: chileheadmike

      I checked this site before a fall trip to Branson and found Dana's Barbeque. It is a wonderful place for an informal meal...a go to the counter and place your order and take it to a table and eat...but it was clean and rustic but the food was more than ample and delicious...I had barbeque pork, fries and mouth waters now...out of town but check with your hotel and they can give you a map...they had desert also and ice cream it was not expensive...$10.00 and change fed two.

      Other places, have adds in the little paper's you can pick up...enjoyed the blackberry cobbler one place...a woman's name on the main drag was good also..

      Have a good time...Elaine

      1. re: elaine

        Yes, I've recommended Danna's over and over again... it is far and away the best bbq we've had... nothing fancy, just bbq. The memphis rolls are wonderful! It's difficult to find online for some reason, so here's the 411 on location, etc...

        Hwy 13, 3/4 mile South of Hwy 76
        Branson West, Missouri 65737
        Phone: (417) 272-1945
        Business Hours:
        Mon-Thu: 11am - 8pm
        Fri & Sat: 11am - 9pm
        (Closed Sundays)

        And a second location now at: 963 State Hwy 165 Branson, MO (417) 337-5527... I think this is more a carry-out place, but not sure.

        1. re: Katie Nell

          There is a Majestic Steakhouse in Branson now, the same outfit as Majestic in Kansas City. I haven't been there but it's supposed to be as good as the original. Here's their KC menu link:
          and the address:

          If your traveling through Springfield stop in Clary's, the best that city has to offer.

          1. re: Katie Nell

            Not that great.............

            and the service sucks.......


            1. re: kevin

              Several other Chowhounds have really enjoyed Danna's. And my service has always been fine. Perhaps you would like to go into more detail on why you did not enjoy it?

            2. re: Katie Nell

              Oh my goodness, I "finally" found the "answer" I was looking for.

              We have a home away from home in Kimberling City, and I had read about this barbque place, but could not find the name, until now.

              I'm planning to find out exactly where it is. I believe we drive right by it, on our way to our home.

              Thank you,

          2. re: chileheadmike

            Mike... wake up and smell the bbq... eat at Danna's! ;-)

            1. re: chileheadmike

              I have never heard of Danna's but will try it when we go to Branson for a yearly meeting in August. Personally I have found nothing worth bragging about in Branson food or otherwise besides the lake and Big Cedar. My husband and I are not interested in the shows. Last year we drove to Lambert's Cafe (about 25-30 min north of Branson on 65) for dinner one evening and that was really really good for homestyle food. Everything was great at Lambert's however be prepared to wait a bit for a table. Our first night we went to Landry's which was just your average seafood chain, not great by anymeans but not bad by Branson standards. Our last night we ate at the "upscale dining room" (don't remember the name) at Chateau on The Lake. The food and service were both beyond terrible. If you are guessing I don't like Branson you would be correct. Different strokes for different folks.

              1. re: DMatt

                Yeah... it's still Branson, no matter how you slice it!

                1. re: DMatt

                  Lambert's is so great. We used to make trips from St. Louis about once every two months. Now that I live in New York, I severely miss this.

              2. Branson does have one good resturaunt,,ok 2. One is at lodge of the 4 seasons. Or as I call it the Bass pro Hotel. I cant remember the name of it but the food was good and expesive. the freshest rainbow trout I HAVE EVER TASTED!

                The second is a place called The Top of the Rock in hollister. I liked this place as well and It was reasonably priced.

                1. Candlestick Inn in Hollister, and Shorty Smalls in Branson, are two good restaurants to try also.

                  Candlestick is more formal, overlooking Lake Taneycomo, but high up on the hill.

                  Shorty Small's has very large portions, and is good for any size party.

                  1. Top of the Rock is closed due to a fire.