Someplace fun in Columbia, MO
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.
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! ;-)
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.
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.