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Branson - god help me, Branson

Making a sojourn to Branson here in a couple of weeks to appease the in-laws. This will be my first ever trip (how I've avoided this 29 years as a native Kansas Citian, is beyond me). Here are the requisites - as clearly dictated by my better half's folks: we need to know the cities best breakfast buffet & one "nice" place for dinner. The type of fare they want is a mystery - although probing questions were asked. If it were up to me, I'd like to go to a place with food that will blow my mind (i know, this may be an impossibility knowing that this is the same town that sports old what's his name "What a Country?!"). Any help you all can give would be appreciated!

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  1. Yackov Schmirnoff?

    Something like that. :D

    1. No idea about breakfast. Try the Candlestick for dinner. I agree, it's ultimately a culinary wasteland, but I've had quite a good steak at Candlestick, and the view is nice. I prefer the bar area, though.

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      1. re: jhojati

        I'm right there with jhojati regarding Candlestick Inn (http://www.candlestickinn.com/) I went to a conference in Branson a few weeks ago and was very pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Excellent service, good food, good wine (I also had good company, which, of course, makes any experience better. Hope your inlaws qualify.)

        It's Yakov Smirnoff, by the way.

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        Candlestick Inn Restaurant
        127 Taney St, Branson, MO 65616

        1. re: alan

          with 2 recs from chowhounders, I'll definately give it a shot. Anxious to hear if anyone knows of a good breakfast buffet...

      2. You know, Cantina Laredo serves brunch, although it isn't a buffet. The food I had there was outstanding.

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        1. re: jhojati

          I saw this place online...branson landing, right? Menu looks pretty good...

          1. re: GDPhalp

            Yes, right near the fountains/fire. You can actually see it from Candlestick Inn. The guacamole is very good (made tableside), as were the tacos and hot sauces. Definitely a nice surprise for the area.

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            Candlestick Inn Restaurant
            127 Taney St, Branson, MO 65616

          2. re: jhojati

            I ate at Cantina Laredo with a few coworkers when I was in Branson for a conference a few years ago. I was unimpressed. Food was very blah except for their warm salsa, which I thought was awful. Most of my coworkers thought it was great, though, so YMMV.

            The restaurants on the Landing are all, or mostly, chains, IIRC. It's not an unpleasant atmosphere, but it's not a culinary destination. The Landing has a Bar Louie, which I've eaten at and liked more than Cantina Laredo.

          3. Get a designated driver, a big bottle of rum, a 2 liter of Coke(Diet?),and a bag of ice. Go anywhere they want and enjoy yourself.

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            1. re: powillie

              willie: in theory I'm with you, but that strategy depends on so many things out of the poster's control. I do like that we can make fun of ourselves (ok not Branson here, but may as well be)

              1. re: hill food

                Sounds to me, from the general conjecture, that I'm in big trouble when it comes to a good breakfast buffet - I have an eerie feeling that we will end up going to the one closest to the condo we're staying at & they'll have cold, congeeled scrambeled eggs, french toast stix & a old country music singer selling tapes...

                1. re: GDPhalp

                  Chateau on the Lake has a Sunday brunch - again, not sure if it is all you can eat/buffet style. I've stayed there and the food is average to above average. You might want to suggest that. It may be pricey, however.

                  1. re: jhojati

                    FWIW, on the same recent trip when I went to Candlestick, I stayed at the Chateau and had dinner there on Friday. Absolutely first-rate. I rarely enjoy hotel dining rooms, but this was a very pleasant surprise. So, I'd imagine they do a decent breakfast.

                2. re: hill food

                  This is not to make fun of anyone, this is a coping skill.

                  1. re: hill food

                    I am not making fun of anyone, this is a coping skill.

                    1. re: powillie

                      willie: believe me, I'm with you on this, I'll wake up for your type brunch anyday.

                3. I have never had a bad breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Just close your eyes and be lead through that atrocious gift shop (close them on the way out too.) and you can order a breakfast that is amazingly consistent throughout all their stores.

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                  Cracker Barrel
                  120 Progress Point Ct, O Fallon, MO 63368