Saturday, November 21, 2009

Osage Beach, Missouri

I cannot believe that we made our Missouri trip almost a month ago. On our way out of Kansas, we stopped at the Topeka, Kansas, Denny's. Denny's is a reliable chain with a 50's diner feel, and lots of good food 24/7. Fresh coffee as well.
I posted a bit about the Chestnut Roast, including a recipe for Butternut Squash Soup. We also bought chili from a vendor at the Chestnut Roast. I will post a recipe for that later. The fresh air was invigorating, and we learned a lot about raising trees of all kinds while we were there. We left the Columbia, Mo. area headed for Osage Beach, Mo. around 2:00 pm.
We had two purposes in visiting Osage Beach, a resort town on the Lake of the Ozarks. I had some old memories to revisit, and Bob and I were going to visit a church plant from our denomination in the town.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful recreational lake, with resorts settled around it, as well as an outlet mall, and more rustic accommodations such as camping areas. Of course there is golf, fishing, boating, casual and fine dining and other evening entertainment. We booked a motel room, at fall rates, and proceeded to look for food. We did not have to go far.
Our supper that evening was at The City Grill and Blue Room. There is a Sports Bar Lounge, but we ate in the dining area. The lighting is subdued, and conducive to good conversation. The waitstaff was beginning to light the lanterns on the individual tables and other diners filtered in. Some were regulars, you could tell, like the lady who came alone and brought her book. She was greeted as an acquaintance by the waitress. A large party came in and was seated all together, with no hint of the host being flustered. We received good attention and looked through a menu that went from salad and soup, pasta and steak, burgers and fries to other great sandwiches
Bob, my wonderful driving and dining companion ordered a South Philly Steak Sandwich and Cajun Fries. It consisted of sliced roast beef, not shaved, but thicher slices, topped with roasted peppers and onions and pepperjack cheese. This was served on a sourdough bun with Au Jus on the side. The Cajun Fries had a nice spicy kick as well. They are available as a side with any sandwich. My sandwich was called The Bistro. It was a one half pound burger that was topped with carmelized mushrooms and onions. The sandwich was garnished with Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Bacon and spread with horseradish sauce all on a foccacia bun. I chose to have a fruit cup of seasonal fresh fruit instead of fries.
Each of the sandwiches were less than nine dollars, and did I mention, they had the best coffee I have had in years? It was wonderful, and I would go back there even just for the coffee any time.
The City Grill
5384 West Hway 54
Osage Beach, Mo, 65065
573-302-0848

The menu says every Thursday is German Night from 4:30-900 pm. We will plan our trip accordingly the next time we go to Missouri.
This was a two day trip, and we are finishing day one.

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