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1. Shotgun Pete’s BBQ Shack28 N 9th St, Columbia
2. Billiards on Broadway514 East Broadway, Columbia
3. Pizza Tree909 Cherry St, Columbia
4. Kampai Alley907 Alley A. , Columbia
5. Sub Shop209 S 8th St, Columbia
6. Sycamore800 E Broadway, Columbia
7. Carlito’s Cabo12A Business Loop 70 East, Columbia
8. Les Bourgeois12847 W Hwy Bb, Rocheport
9. Café Berlin220 N 10th St, Columbia
10. Broadway Diner22 S 4th St, Columbia
11. D. Rowes1005 Club Village Dr, Columbia
12. Chim’s Thai Kitchen at Cooper Landing11505 S Easley River Rd, Columbia
This BBQ joint rests on the grounds of an old hitching post. It is authentic BBQ, inspired by a variety of southern states. Most of their menu items are delicious. Try the BBQ nachos, BBQ sundaes (brisket piled high in parfait glasses), rib tips, and sausages.
This pool hall in Columbia offers a variety of entertainment including, shuffleboard, pinball, and pool, of course. As far as the food goes, they are known for their burger. Try The Roommate (pepper-jack, jalapenos, and Franks Red Hot) or The Love Story (blue cheese, bacon, and ranch). Don't forget an order of sweet potato fries.
Pizza Tree has a fabulous, eclectic pizza selection. Of course, good ol' pepperoni is offered. But, if you want something different try their Banh Mi pizza with house-made kimchi, or the Truffled Crimini with mushrooms, smoked gouda, and white truffle oil.
This hide-a-way sushi spot is a great surprise in downtown Columbia. Sure, the sushi is a hit, but make sure to try the Brussel’s sprouts in lemon chili sauce and fried green tea ice cream as well.
Considered to be one of the best sandwich shops in America, this place has been keeping it real since the 70's. They serve up classic sandwiches, meatball, sausage and kraut, and Italian, on fresh rolls baked in-house.
This place has it all, including a less costly lunch menu for when you want the class, but don't have the funds. Menu items include Pork-belly sliders, house-made gnocchi, flash-fried oysters, duck, pork loin, and salmon. All the best things all in one menu.
Carlito’s Cabo is a gem in a Columbia strip mall. Come for Pollo a la Brasa, when they offer an all-you-can-eat buffet and Peurivian-style rotisserie chicken. Any other day, get the Lomo Saltado beef stir-fry or the Carnitos Tacos six-pack
This vineyard offers a French-inspired menu at their on-site bistro. The innovative menu features frog legs with Sriracha remoulade, local prosciutto-wrapped trout, and pork loin. All pair nicely with the local wine.
Cafe Berlin is a great stopover for breakfast or brunch. Try the Schuyler, a hard egg sandwich with jalapenos, red onion, bacon, and chipotle mayo on fresh-baked sourdough.
This old-fashioned diner is open 24/7. Try The Stretch (scrambled eggs, chili, onions, cheese and hash browns piled together) or satisfy a craving for a classic like biscuits and gravy. Those who come late on a Friday night can even get a specialty burger, only introduced on the menu when it's getting close to midnight.
D. Rowes serves up big plates of barbecued goodies and other southern comfort food. The wings are a must, but don't sleep on the fried catfish sandwich either.
Grab some Pad Thai from Chim’s Thai Kitchen at Cooper Landing and then take in the views of the nearby Missouri River. The restaurant also offers a killer chicken satay and cucumber salad.