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‘Cool’ Summer Eats in Columbia!

July 11, 2013

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If you get a little overheated during your summer visit to Columbia, be sure to hit these ‘cool’ spots and get yourself a treat!

63 Diner

5801 Hwy 763 North | 573-443-2331

Step back in time at the 63 Diner! A classic diner featuring music from the 50’s and nostalgic décor – the waitresses even wear poodle skirts! Order one of many signature diner-style meals, and don’t forget the milkshake!

Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe

28 S. 9th St. | 573-817-5616

While Main Squeeze does feature a vegetarian menu, it’s not just for vegetarians! Stop by and try one of their unique fresh juice drinks or smoothies, like the Ginger Tonic (apple, celery, lemon, and ginger) or the Berry Berry Good smoothie (grape, blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry).

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream

21 S. 9th St. | 573-443-7400

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A small ice cream parlor in The District (downtown Columbia), Sparky’s features awesomely unique rotating flavors including mango strawberry almond, chocolate banana Tabasco, dark and stormy (for those 21 and older, it includes rum and ginger beer), blackberry goat cheese, and dark pepper dark chocolate espresso. Don’t worry, for those of you who would prefer a safer choice, Sparky’s also has “normal” flavors like vanilla bean, chocolate, cookies and cream, and butter pecan.

Tropical Liqueurs

515 E. Broadway | 573-442-8098

3805 S. Providence | 573-256-7141

A bar specializing in frozen cocktails, Trops is the place to be (as long as you’re 21)! There are 2 locations in Columbia: one on the south side of town and one downtown in the District. While Trops does serve beer and mixed drinks, they are known for their frozen drinks such as the Tiger Paw (peach schnapps, rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice), ’57 Chevy (rum, gin, vodka, sloe gin, and mai tai blend), and many others.

Buck’s Ice Cream

Eckles Hall, University of Missouri | 573-882-1088

Buck’s is known as the official ice cream of the Mizzou Tigers and is even made fresh on the University of Missouri’s campus by food science students. Their typical hours are Monday – Friday noon-5 (and Saturdays during warmer months), but it’s completely worth it to find time to go just for a taste of their tiger stripe or Mizzou gold ice cream.

Yogoluv

201 S. 9th St. | 573-777-9694

Yogoluv features a buffet of frozen yogurt and topping choices, and the price depends on how much your bowl of deliciousness weighs. The flavors are rotated but the basic choices of chocolate and vanilla are available along with toppings including candies, syrups, fruits, cereals, and almost anything else you’d want on your frozen yogurt.

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Perfect Patios…Outdoor Dining in Columbia

March 28, 2012

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One of the very best things about visiting Columbia is all of the amazing dining choices. Of course, sometimes it’s too tough to choose just a few places during your time here!

Now that spring has arrived (a little early even), patios are popular spots to enjoy some of Columbia’s finest food in the great outdoors. For a super comprehensive list of outdoor dining in Columbia, check out Vox Magazine’s list here or pick from some of our favorites…

Uniquely Columbia

If you’re the type of traveler who likes to go where the locals go, you can’t miss Flat Branch Pub & Brewing in The District. This Columbia favorite has tasty food, delicious microbrews on tap and a beautiful outdoor space filled with plants and just enough shade to enjoy on even the hottest days.

An afternoon on Flat Branch's patio should always include one of its fantastic beers.

Also in The District, Bleu has been a local hotspot since its opening a few years ago. Now the restaurant is relocating to a new larger space once occupied by Boone Tavern. The new location will also come with a huge patio! What better place to sit and enjoy one of Bleu’s trademark rosemary lemonades.

Nestled in the south part of Columbia, Sophia’s offers Southern European influenced cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. With a fantastic tapas menu and extensive wine list, Sophia’s outdoor space is perfect for unwinding after a long day of shopping or sightseeing.

Columbia Casual

If catching the game and sipping on an ice-cold beverage is more your speed, there are plenty of patios to pick from. The District is bordered by three college campuses, so there’s always an open seat for a casual outdoor experience. Pull up a chair on The Heidelberg’s or Harpo’s rooftop patios and take in the view or keep it on the ground at Willie’s or Bengal’s.

The rooftop patio at The Heidelberg.

Just a Couple More…

After a delicious meal, what you really need is ice cream, right? Of course. Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream makes small batches of amazing ice cream in a variety of incredible flavors (honey lavender, anyone?). Grab a cone, have a seat outside and take in sights of downtown Columbia.

An ice cream shop with some of the most unique art ever? Yes, please!

If a post-dinner movie is more your style, take a stroll over to Ragtag Cinema, Columbia’s independent movie theater. Enjoy a drink on the patio before you enjoy your film and don’t forget to sample Uprise Bakery’s delicious offering.

So if the outdoors are your thing in that you enjoy a nice afternoon or evening on a patio, check out all of these spots…you’ll have to decide on your favorite for yourself!

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