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Someplace fun in Columbia, MO

jan Feb 23, 2008 03:47 PM

We'll be doing a rather hellacious trip next month. Flying into KC, and driving to Concordia, KS for a meeting in the morning. Then driving to Columbia, MO for the night and another meeting in the morning. And flying out that afternoon. So, for the night in Columbia I would like to find a fun, casual, not overpriced place to have some really good food, and fun/unwind. Any help truly appreciated.

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    tusti RE: jan Feb 24, 2008 07:23 AM

    Any frat house. :>)

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      dtma90 RE: jan Feb 24, 2008 09:03 AM

      A few favorites of mine while in Columbia:

      Shakespeare's Pizza

      Addison's: An American Grill

      Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

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      1. re: dtma90
        Pylon RE: dtma90 Feb 24, 2008 04:38 PM

        I second all of these, but Shake's is a do-not-miss anytime I am in town.

      2. wekick RE: jan Feb 24, 2008 09:32 AM

        Well just 20 minutes west of Columbia is Glenn's Cafe in Booneville, also open for lunch Fri and Sat. One of the best martinis I have ever had. Great food. It is in an old hotel.
        Another place we like is Murry's in Columbia
        It probably depends too on your age and what kind of fun your looking for! ;-)

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          jan RE: wekick Feb 24, 2008 11:31 AM

          i'm 53, nuff said ;-)

          1. re: jan
            wekick RE: jan Feb 24, 2008 12:28 PM

            Columbia has quite a few good restaurants. We go up to visit the kids and will be disappointed when they graduate and we don't have the excuse to go up there. If you do go to Glenn's you might need a reservation for dinner.

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          steveb RE: jan Feb 25, 2008 06:29 AM

          Murry's, Murry's, Murry's

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            rweater RE: jan Feb 26, 2008 12:41 PM


            I would back up Addison's, as they have an eclectic menu, so you can get many different kinds of things there. You can get a burger, veggie friendly stuff, salad, or big piece of meat, depending on what you want. They also have a good price range and good drink specials.

            Murry's is lots of fun (it doubles as a jazz club), but expect a wait. They have a nice waiting area, but it can get as long as an hour, even on week nights. Also, everything is a la carte at Murry's, so it can get kind of pricey.

            I am also a fan of Tellers, at the corner of 9th and Broadway. Their menu is less extensive than Addison's, but they offer an array of sandwiches, entrees, salads and the best french onion soup I've ever had. They also have a great big window looking out on to the street so you can do a lot of people watching.

            Flat Branch...well, the last few things served to me there have been raw or seriously undercooked.

            Boonville is a little bit of a hike, especially if you've been driving all day, so I wouldn't try venturing up there. The drive is more like 30 minutes and there are lots of places in Columbia that are just as good.

            1. k
              k_d RE: jan Feb 28, 2008 12:53 PM

              I can't speak for Murry's but people seem to like it. Glenn's in Boonville might not be too bad a trip, depending on when you drive by that evening. You might be able to stop off there, then head on into Columbia after dinner. I used to love love love Glenn's when it was in Columbia.

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