What you're getting: The Hooshburger
Welcome to Pig Trail Bypass Country Cafe, home of the Hooshburger. We named it best in the state, an accolade that's been 35 years in the making. It's named after the restaurant's owner, an Iranian immigrant whose secret lies in a mix of spices that are usually used in Persian kebabs. It's the type of food that transcends ethnic boundaries, fitting since this place is literally in the middle of nowhere, on a winding road in the middle of the Ozarks. It's worth the quest.
What you're getting: Bacon-wrapped beef medallions; lobster mac & cheese
Fine dining and gas stations don't usually go together, but the chefs behind this joint wanted to prove that it's possible. They made that point (get it?), with a build-it-and-they-will-come attitude that's made them the darling of every local media outlet, as well as a fave of Guy Fieri. You might balk at paying $28 for an entree inside a Conoco, but a smoked ribeye is about as far from convenience store jerky as it gets.