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Places to Go in the Missouri Ozarks

Coop’s Cafe – Seymour

We started out on our vacation this morning, and headed down Hwy 60, East of Springfield. My husband mentioned he would like to get some breakfast somewhere, so we started watching for restaurants. Nothing at Rogersville; nothing at Fordland; and fearing we would have to settle for fastfood at a McDonald’s, or wait until we reached Mountain Grove, we decided to take a little jaunt through Seymour, Mo. A drive around the neat little town square revealed no restaurants open for Sunday morning breakfast. Just as we neared the edge of town, we saw the sign for Coop’s Cafe…..and the neon “open” sign was lit up! The place didn’t look like much on the outside, but we really didnt want to eat at McDonald’s, so we stopped and went in.

The restaurant was very neat and clean, and we were warmly greeted by the waitress. We took a seat in the non-smoking section, which is where they were beginning to set up for Sunday Buffet. We ordered breakfast from the menu …. 2 Eggs, 4 slices of bacon, a very generous serving of hash browns, toast, and coffee. Our waitress was very pleasant, and kept our coffee cups filled. The food was good and arrived promply.

While waiting for our breakfast, the gentleman setting up the buffet tables told us we should have waited just a bit, then showed us the tray of spareribs he was bringing out. They looked awesome! We noticed fried chicken and many other choices on the hot food bar. The salad bar was well stocked with all the fresh food you would expect to find.

The ribs and chicken sure looked good, but we were very happy with our breakfast, which cost less than $12 bucks.

This just goes to show that looks can be deceiving….this restaurant was much better than we anticipated when we drove up. We highly recommend Coop’s Cafe to all who are passing through Seymore, Missouri.

Famous Dave’s BBQ – Springfield

Springfield, MO – Famous Dave’s BBQ, 4406 S. Campbell Avenue.

As we entered Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant in Springfield, MO, I wondered if we’d made a good choice. We had to compete with some children for a space in the revolving front door, and once inside, we saw a crowd of people apparently all waiting for a table. The noise was loud enough to be heard all the way out to the parking lot. But then I thought – this is a bbq restaurant, after all. And, we’re in the Missouri Ozarks! Why not expect a place like this to be popular and fun?

We were told we’d have about a 20 minute wait for a table. So I resigned myself to finding a space to stand by the wall to wait. I was standing near the menu slot, so I pulled one out to read while passing the time. The menu got my mouth to watering, as if the smell of the smoked meat hadn’t already. Our wait was only about 10 minutes. I was then afraid we would be led to the upstairs dining area (too many stairs for these arthritic knees), or worse – we would be seated next to a table full of screaming kids. But to my pleasant surprise, we were taken to a nice booth that was semi-secluded.

The waitress came promptly and introduced herself as “Famous Nancy.” She was very pleasant and eager to please. Then we were presented with a bowl of home-made potato chips and a plate. The waitress proceeded take each bottle of bbq sauce and squirt the initial of each on the plate while describing the differences in tastes. The sauces ranged from very mild all the way to the hottest Devil’s Spit. While we waited for our order, we munched on the chips and tried out the various sauces so we would know just the one we wanted to put on our ribs when they came. I kept going back to the Devil’s Spit, while my husband had more of a taste for the Texas Pit sauce.

We thought we were ordering light when we ordered the rib tips. This meal came with 6 large rib tips, corn bread, and corn on the cob – then we were told to choose two more sides! Wow! Needless to say, we could not even eat half of what we were brought, so got to take home enough for another meal the following day (which, I might add, was every bit as good as the first one).

This was one of the best BBQ restaurants I’ve eaten at in a long time, and we whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone else.

Visit their website; it says it all.

Residence Inn, Springfield

Residence Inn by Marriott - It's not a room, it's a residence!
Springfield, MO – Residence Inn Hotel, 1303 East Kingsley Street.

My husband and I were very impressed with our hotel during our recent stay in Springfield, MO. We stayed at the Residence Inn (a Marriott hotel) on Kingsley Street. It was a beautiful hotel, and we knew we had made the right choice as soon as we walked in. The people at the front desk were very courteous, and even the people who worked in housekeeping were very cheerful and polite.

We booked our room (it was actually a suite) through The rate I got was very good, but I found out the hotel gives discounts for AAA, sr. citizens (my husband qualifies, not me!), and the military. So, being the die-hard bargain shopper that I am, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to at least ask about that. The hotel clerk said that the rate we got through was better than she could give me – even with those additional discounts. So that’s my best tip for you – book through It’s very easy.

Our room (suite) was on the ground floor level, but we were asked if we preferred a room higher up (those rooms have walk-out balconies with a small table and chairs). But we were only staying one night, and as it turned out, our room had a small patio with sliding glass doors so we could still walk directly outside from our room. We parked by our room, so it was easy for carrying luggage, etc.

We loved the way our suite was laid out. As you walk in, you immediate can discern three spacious rooms. This was probably much more than we needed for a one-night stay, but we still appreciated it, especially when we paid less than most other hotels rooms alone.

At the entry, there was a full-size desk and chair. They have free WiFi, so it was easy to set up my laptop and surf the internet in our spare time. Then living area had a couch, easy chair, coffee table and a flat-screen tv.

There was a kitchenette. It had a full-size refrigerator with an ice-maker, a sink, counter-top stove, microwave, dishwasher, and still had room for a small table with two chairs. The cabinets were set up with plates, glasses, cookware, and eating utinsels. This turned out to be very handy since we have a restricted diet and actually brought our own food (yogurt and fruit) for snacking. We also brought back “doggie bags” from the restaurant that night, so it was nice to have a place to keep the food where it wouldn’t go bad.   We had a full-size coffee maker with complimentary coffee, creamer, sugar, and even popcorn!  There was also a little closet between the door and the kitchen that had a pull out iron and ironing board.

Our bedroom had a king-sized bed with lots of pillows, dressers and another flat-screen tv. The bathroom/dressing room was complete with tub and shower, toilet, vanity with complimentary toiletries, and a full-size closet.

The Residence Inn also provides a full complimentary breakfast buffet and dining area.

Wow! Did I forget anything? Probably. We weren’t there long enough to enjoy all the hotel has to offer. But I just wanted to tell everyone how nice this hotel is. I don’t have one single complaint! We would definitely stay here again.

Right Choices Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch LLC is a recreational facility located in the beautiful southwestern Missouri Ozarks near Elk River and is also home to Manning Brothers Elk River Farm. It’s a place that’s packed full of family fun and educational activities everyone is sure to enjoy. Right Choices Corn Maze is an excellent option for daytime school field trips and also provides lots of evening entertainment for the entire family.

For information regarding activities, hours, pricing, directions, etc., please visit their website by clicking HERE.

1161 Manning Road, Southwest City, MO, 64863 Phone 417-762-3695