Uniquely Columbia

Well, here we are – only two days left until 2017. It seems that everyone is ready to leave 2016 behind and get started on the new year but before we do, let’s take a look back at our 12 most-liked Instagram photos of 2016:

January

columbia big tree: big burr oak tree
The Big Tree looks extra magnificent surrounded by snow. Photo from @brittpepper.

February

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Alley A ūüď∑ by @nickeymonaghan

March

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Awesome photo of the big tree from @schaeferpix.

April

rainbow over downtown columbia mo

Columbia = pot of gold. Photo by @imadiehere.

May

mizzou botanic garden, columbia mo, university of missouri, jesse hall in background

We heard it was National Garden Day…

June

sparky's homemade ice cream in downtown columbia, mo - cup of ice cream with a cone on top

90¬į temps = Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream ūüď∑ by @christa_jane.

July

sunset in downtown columbia mo, como golden hour with tiger hotel in background

Check out that CoMo sunset! ūüď∑: @sugarwhips

August

the big burr oak tree at night, columbia mo the big tree

We don’t think The Big Tree has ever looked so beautiful¬†ūüď∑: @johnbecksroommate

September

mkt trail in columbia mo, autumn, brown leaves on the ground

It’s starting to look like fall on the MKT! ūüď∑: @dr_marge18

October

golden retriever rubbing francis statue nose for good luck on exam

Raise your paw/hand if this is how you get your good luck before exams. ūüď∑: @finleythefierce

November

supermoon rises above jesse hall on the university of missouri campus in columbia mo

Check out this amazing shot from last night! [Photo by @wenbozzz] Did you see the super moon?

December

snow-covered broadway in downtown columbia mo

We’ve had a rough couple of days here in Columbia but at least the snow made for some great photos! ūüď∑: @wgwinfrey


It looks like everyone really loves photos of The Big Tree, Jesse Hall, and The District! Do you have a favorite photo from 2016 you’d like to share with us? Tag us on Instagram (@VisitColumbiaMO), Twitter (@ColumbiaMOCVB), or use #ShowMeCoMo to share.

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


Welcome to Columbia! At this point, you’ve more than likely checked out our website, and perhaps you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.  Maybe you’re in town for the weekend or just a few days during the week; you know all about our great restaurants, and you’ve had a chance to check out some of our great microbreweries and distilleries. But do you know where to see live theater or a great band? Columbia has great venues for live shows and music.

The Blue Note
For over 100 years, the University Concert Series has brought some of the best entertainment in the world to Columbia ‚Äď from standup routines by Bill Cosby and Tim Conway to performances from Itzak Perlman and YoYo Ma, the Concert Series has a performance for every taste. The University Concert Series features Broadways productions, dance, string quartets and orchestras, and even a little bit of rock ‚Äėn roll like John Mellencamp, who will grace the Jesse Auditorium stage in October.

Do you prefer to see a local cast? You are in luck ‚Äď the Columbia Entertainment Company recruits cast members from the community. Their season runs September through June and features popular musicals like Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and A Chorus Line. The Maplewood Barn Theatre also features a local cast and performs under the summer stars in historic Nifong Park. This year‚Äôs line-up includes Macbeth, Godspell, Oliver, Steel Magnolias and more.

If music is more your style, head over to The Blue Note. A Columbia mainstay since 1980, it started with local and regional bands then welcomed artists such as Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Johnny Cash and many others.¬† Be sure to stop by Rose Music Hall, owned by the guys of The Blue Note. The Rose is known for live music in a park setting. ¬†Be sure to come hungry and enjoy tacos from Pepe‚Äôs, because ‚Äútacos taste better on the front row!‚ÄĚ

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If you are up for a little drive then be sure to head over to Rocheport and check out the live music at Les Bourgeois Vineyards A-Frame. Each Saturday, music fills the air at the A-Frame from 4 p.m. to sunset.  Enjoy a glass of wine, watch the rolling Missouri river and listen to the sounds of local favorites like the Flood Brothers, the Norm Ruebling Band, and the BluesSlingers. Just down the road from Les Bourgeois is the quaint town of Rocheport. Founded in 1825, this historic river community is home to many antique shops, the Katy Trail, artist studios and several great restaurants.  Be sure to stop into the Rocheport General Store for live music every weekend.

Regardless of what you choose, Columbia has many fun, interesting and unique venues to enjoy!

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6697small- AndreaHello! My name is Andrea and I am a sales manager for the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau. I am an avid traveler, and I love the experience of meeting new people, experiencing new unexpected environments, the FOOD, the art, music and just soaking it all up.

Each month I am going to introduce you, our visitor, to all things Columbia, especially our fabulous arts community. Along the way we will explore some of our fabulous locally- owned restaurants or one of our many music venues or fabulous festivals. I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do, and of course, we would love to have you back many times to take advantage
of WHAT YOU UNEXPECT.


Microbreweries and distilleries are growing in popularity nationwide, and you won‚Äôt be disappointed if you look for them while visiting Columbia.¬†We’re home to¬†five uniquely different microbreweries, two distilleries, and one winery.

Flat Branch
Flat Branch Pub & Brewing opened its¬†doors in 1994.¬†It’s¬†nestled in the heart of Columbia, located in the historic downtown area and was once a Hudson car dealership. Flat Branch has a wide variety of beers on tap, including seasonal favorites like Watermelon Ale, Bluesberry Ale, and more. Beer isn’t their only specialty, though – the food is delicious and they also brew their own root beer and cream soda.

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Les Bourgeois Vineyards¬†was started in 1974 by Curtis and Martha Bourgeois in Rocheport ‚Äď less than fifteen minutes west of Columbia. Since that time, Les Bourgeois has grown from selling award-winning wines at the beautiful A-Frame to include¬†the Blufftop¬†Bistro and newly renovated Tasting Room featuring their latest endeavor,¬†Rocheport Distilling Company,¬†which¬†offers¬†rum masterfully crafted by distiller, Jonny Ver Planck.¬†Be sure to ask for a Captain‚Äôs Cooler – perfect for a hot sunny day!

Columbia‚Äôs microbrewery scene has blossomed in the last few years, beginning with the opening of Broadway Brewery.¬†They say, “Our beer echoes our mission: cultivation and fermentation. Our hand crafted beer combines traditional brewing method, creative approach and sustainable techniques. All our organic spent malt is provided to our local farmers that grow our produce and raise our livestock.” Follow them on Instagram for photos of their specials.

Logboat Brewing Co

Logboat Brewing Company features a Taproom and is known for the Boatyard, affectionately known as their playground. On any given day you will find folks playing bocce ball, washers and corn-hole while enjoying their brew and food from our local food trucks. Throughout the week you can find Boss Taco for taco Tuesdays, Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., Grill-A-Brothers or Playing with Fire ready to feed you at Logboat.

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Bur Oak Brewing Company was the next to join the family of craft beers in Columbia. You can find Bur Oak on the east side of Columbia at the Route Z exit. Bur Oak also features a Taproom and has space available for rent. If you love to cook, be sure to check out their website which offers beer pairing suggestions and recipes.

Rock Bridge Brewing Co. was established in 2012 and offers seasonal and specialty brews. Stop in and have a Saison with founder Dave Brouder, a lively character who will provide you with tips on street luge and English literature.

Last but not least, DogMaster Distillers is located in the North Village Arts District, and has recently celebrated a year crafting high quality new American spirits. If you are a mint julep fan be sure to try their strawberry mint juleps, and if savory is more your style, try their Bloody Mary!


We hope you enjoy your visit to Columbia and take the opportunity to visit one or several of these thriving businesses.

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This year, treat your mom to a delicious brunch and some awesome gifts from Columbia.

Where to Brunch

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro Р10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

Bleu Рbuild your own omelet + bottomless mimosas| reservations: 573-442-5123

Harold’s Doughnuts – make doughnuts with mom on Saturday afternoon

The Roof and Eleven Eleven Рreservations: 573-818-6207

Umbria Р10 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-447-0199

Glenn's 8

Glenn’s Cafe – reservations:¬†573-447-7100

The Upper Crust Рbrunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations online

Grand Cru Рbuffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600 or grandcrurestaurant@yahoo.com

The Tiger Hotel Рbuffet | reservations: 573-875-8888

Jack’s Gourmet – 10:30 AM | reservations:¬†573-449-3927

The Heidelberg Рbuffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

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Poppy | 920 E. Broadway
Locally made gifts, beautiful jewelry, cute paper products, candles, and so much more to choose from. You can find something that any mom would love at Poppy.

Strawberry Hill Farms | 3770 E. Highway 163
If your mom has a green thumb, check out Strawberry Hill Farms. Pick out something you know she’ll love or head over together after brunch and offer to buy her favorite.

The Candy Factory | 701 Cherry St
So many chocolatey options! Even if chocolate isn’t really your mom’s favorite, there’s other candy choices, plus great candles and¬†cute home accessories.

Makes Scents | 19 S. 9th St
Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

Columbia Culinary Tours
For the foodie mom! Purchase a gift certificate if your mom has a busy schedule, or you can pick out the best time for you to take the tour together.

Elly’s Couture | 914 E. Broadway
Get to Elly’s Couture and take advantage of the going-out-of-business sale while stocking up on gifts for your stylish¬†mom.

Roots N Blues N BBQ
Early bird tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


Enjoy your time with mom! Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo to share your experience with us.

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It’s almost time for one of our favorite festivals of the year! Here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau we’ve planned out our schedules and can’t wait for next week. Here are our ‘must-see’ picks for this year’s fest: (Descriptions from the True/False Film Fest website)

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Megan, Marketing and Communications Manager – Sonita

Dead-set against being sold as a bride, a feisty Afghan refugee breaks loose to become a rapper. IN PERSON: Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami & star Sonita Alizadeh

Rachel, Public Information Specialist – The Other Side

Addiction, bigotry, and zealotry are set against the abiding love of family in the rubbed-raw intimacy of Roberto Minervini’s latest.¬†IN PERSON: Dir. Roberto Minervini

Julie, Tourism Development Program Manager – Between Sisters

Teresa and Ornella are sisters utterly devoted to one another despite a deeply buried secret between them. IN PERSON: Dir. Manu Gerosa

Amy, Director – The Fear of 13

Death row inmate Nick Yarris has the presence and poise of a Shakespearean thespian. But can he be believed? IN PERSON: Dir. David Sington

Terra, Services Manager – The Bad Kids

At an isolated, alternative high school, a firebrand principal tests the limits of tough love working with teenagers considered to be lost causes. IN PERSON: Co-directors Lou Pepe & Keith Fulton

Beth, Sales Manager –¬†Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Sitcom king, Norman Lear single-handedly revolutionized television. But what has he done lately? IN PERSON: Dir. Heidi Ewing

Andrea, Sales Manager – The Music of Strangers

Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are on an uplifting mission to connect the world through music. IN PERSON: Dir. Morgan Neville

OUR FESTIVAL TIPS

True False 2014 French band -EliseDon’t forget about the buskers and the awesome art installations! One of the most fun features of True/False is the live music performances before each screening and in special showcases. If you can’t make a showcase, try to get at least one or two of your films early and soak in sounds from around the world. The art installations contribute to the eccentric overall atmosphere of the festival, and it’s always fun to snap a photo [or selfie, no one is judging you at this fest] of the unique displays.

Get your blood pumping in the morning! With a generous start time of 9:00 a.m., the True Life Run winds through downtown Columbia with a few fun obstacles along the way. Best of all, the entry fees benefit the True Life Fund Film. It’s a great time for a great cause.

Get some laughs! Many documentary films can have pretty heavy subject matter so we suggest you add Gimme Truth to your schedule. The world’s greatest documentary game show returns with host Johnny St. John and an array of doc-world celebrities attempting to deduce if local videos are true or false.

True False parade1 2014 Photos-3 -EliseJoin the parade! Take some time Friday afternoon to catch the March March. This ragtag parade is an event anyone can join. Participants young and old embrace the distinct atmosphere of True/False and wear costumes, spin fire, play music and enjoy general revelry to kick off the festival.

Speak up at a screening! One of the hallmarks of the festival is that each film is accompanied by someone who was involved in its creation. Have a question? Want clarification? Want to know what happened next? Raise your hand and ask the director who was involved in the film from start to screen.

Don’t be afraid to change it up! If you hear amazing buzz about a certain film you don’t have a ticket for, hit up the Q line. Venue kings and queens start handing out Q numbers an hour before each screening and then start letting in Q-liners about 10 minutes before the show.

WHERE TO FIND MORE INFO:


Remember to share your experience with us – tag your Instagram photos and tweets:¬†#ShowMeCoMo¬†#TrueFalse and let us know what you’re most excited to see!

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Are you still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day? We have 14 ideas that aren’t your regular dinner and a movie.

On Stage

a chorus lineA Chorus Line | 2 PM at Columbia Entertainment Company
A Chorus Line examines with both hilarity and heartbreak the grueling life of ¬†ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of¬†a faceless chorus line.”

Black Pearl Sings! | 2 PM at Talking Horse Theatre
“The story of Alberta ‚ÄúPearl‚ÄĚ Johnson, a black woman in a Texas prison in the 1930s, who meets Susannah Mullally, an employee of the Library of Congress. Susannah is searching out and recording songs of ‚Äúthe people.‚ÄĚ In Pearl, she discovers a vast wealth of music that has been passed down from one generation to the next, and an unlikely friendship is forged.”

Museums and Galleries

Love in the Museum Public Tour | 2 PM at the Museum of Art and Archaeology

Through Weather and Time | Montminy Art Gallery open noon-4:30 PM
Paintings and drawings by Jane Mudd that couples two themes; the homeless and Missouri’s Champion Trees, which have more in common than one might think.

Culture

furstenauNina Furstenau, “Sensuous Flavors: Food, Love, Culture” |2 PM at Orr Street Studios
Whether you bring your beloved or go stag, don‚Äôt miss Nina Furstenau, acclaimed author of ‚ÄúBiting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America‚Äôs Heartland,‚ÄĚ discuss how food and love are connected across cultures in this special Valentine‚Äôs Day Speaking of Culture. As always, attendance is free and complimentary coffee and treats will be served.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour | 2-5 PM at Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Get Active

Lazer Lanes | Open noon-10 PM
Get some exercise at Lazer Lanes by bowling or playing lazer tag, and check out the arcade and bumper cars.

Roller Skating | Public session 1:30-3:30 PM
Throw it back to your middle school days and head to Empire Roller Rink with your sweetheart

A few other ideas…

Mizzou Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas | 2 PM at Mizzou Arena

Pints and Punchlines | 7 PM at Rose Music Hall
Showcasing 10 spectacular, hilarious comedians all piled on top of funk house-band Marbin, Valentine’s Drink Specials, and scrumptious Pepe’s Mexican food!

The Floozies: The Granola Jones Tour | 8 PM at The Blue Note
“Born in funk and bred¬†in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the¬†industry needed them the most.”

The Canvas on Broadway | 2 sessions available: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Grab a drink and a paintbrush and embrace your creative side! Valentine’s Day events include Fall in the Forest at 2:30 PM or Birds at Sunset at 6:30 PM. These can each be painted as painting or as a pair on 2 canvases.

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro | Open on Valentine’s Day from 11 AM – 8 PM
Take in the spectacular views while sipping wine and perusing the menu.

Home-cooked meal with local ingredients
Okay so this one is kind of dinner and a movie but it’s going to be cold, and this way¬†you really don’t have to get out of the house to have a ‘date.’ Find a recipe and stock up on local ingredients the day before at the Columbia Farmers Market or Root Cellar. While you’re out getting ingredients, you might as well grab a movie from Redbox, too.


Do you plan to use any of these ideas? Let us know @ColumbiaMOCVB.

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Because we know that’s what you’re doing when you visit Columbia, right? Check out our list of ‘must-Instagram’ places in CoMo:

1. The Columns

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Duh, right? Mizzou’s iconic Columns are the 2nd most photographed spot in Missouri – so obviously it’s a can’t-miss for any Instagrammer visiting CoMo.

2. City Hall

City Hall Key

City Hall is a beautiful¬†building but to make it even more Instagrammable (I made it up, just go with it), there’s this unique¬†Keys to the City sculpture in front commemorating Columbia’s history.

3. CoMo trails

MKT Trail

We have 50+ miles of trails, and the MKT (pictured) was recently voted the 2nd best urban trail in the nation. Lucky for us we also have a great Parks and Recreation department to keep the trails in good shape and looking beautiful.

4. Festivals

Roots N Blues

While not exactly a ‘place,’ Columbia is home to many exciting¬†festivals like Roots N¬†Blues N BBQ (pictured), True/False Film Fest, and more. This year at Roots N Blues you could snap photos of artists like Brandi Carlile, Buddy Guy, Dwight Yoakam, and Punch Brothers.

5. Stephens Lake Park

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Sunsets in Stephens Lake Park are a must-see. I really don’t have more of an explanation than that.

6. Memorial Union

Memorial Union

The tower of Memorial Union was completed in 1926 as a tribute to students who lost their lives in World War I. One of Mizzou’s many traditions involves always tipping your hat and whispering when walking underneath the tower to honor the fallen soldiers. The tower is popular on Instagram because of the gorgeous architecture (and it reminds Harry Potter fans of Hogwarts, so there’s that, too).

7. Columbia from above

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From parking garages, The Roof, hot air balloons… you name it, photos of Columbia from above are another ‘must-have’ for Instagram.

8. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge is kind of like our hidden secret: not many visitors know about the¬†caves, natural rock bridge, sinkholes, and everything else that can be found in the park. There are eight major trails for you to explore – but definitely check out the plank trail that takes you to Connor’s Cave (Devil’s Ice Box is currently closed to protect the bats) and by the rock bridge for great photo opportunities.

9. Shakespeare’s Pizza

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This one could be swapped out for any popular Columbia dish – Nachos from Addison’s, ice cream from Sparky’s, Harold’s Doughnuts, etc. We have so many delicious restaurants – foodies (and Instagrammers) rejoice! The downtown Shakespeare’s Pizza may have moved locations for now but I¬†guarantee the pizza looks and tastes just as scrumptious as it always has.

10. Downtown art

Traffic Box Art

The District has so much random art – traffic box art, wall murals, storm drain paintings, sculptures, and more. Pictured is the traffic box at 8th and Broadway – you can get a photo of this and City Hall from the same spot.


What do you think? Did we include everything or did we miss something? Happy Instagramming!

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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails, and ball fields and courts. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

TOSS A DISC

albert oakland disc golf course

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out Albert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses. Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park.

GO FOR A SWIM

stephens lake park swimming beach

Columbia may not be anywhere near an ocean but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great swimming beach. Head to Stephens Lake Park to cool off with your family – the beach has no lifeguard so stick to the Spraygrounds if you’re worried about the little ones.

CATCH A FISH

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Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of park fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

GET ON A ROLL

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Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the Columbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

CHECK OUT THE VIEW

capen park, columbia mo

You might be surprised to find the bluffs and scenic overlooks of Capen Park hidden right in the middle of town. Rock climbers and hikers will appreciate the rewarding views.

BOND WITH YOUR PUP

twin lakes recreation area dog park

Columbia has three fenced dog parks and two leash-free areas Рperfect for letting your fur-kids run free and make new friends. Check out Twin Lakes Recreation Area, which has three separate fenced-in dog parks Рone for the winter (to keep dogs safe from falling through ice), one for small dogs only (no taller than 18 inches at the shoulder), and Lakeside Dog Park, which can be used by all dogs and has access to the lake.

If you‚Äôre looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. And if the beaten path is what you’re looking for, we have some of those, too. Find out more about CoMo’s trails here.

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Downtown Columbia (The District) is full of great restaurants and delicious treats – here are 10 meals that Instagram users have shared over the past month. Warning: reading this while hungry will make you more hungry.

Cafe Berlin | 220 N. 10th St.
@thestephyp Dixie Benny! Home made cornbread, ham, poached eggs, and vegetable gravy! #bestbrunchinawhile”

Sake Japanese Bistro | 16 S. 10th St.
@elizabethinpink Mmmm sushi dates are fun”

Coley’s American Bistro | 15 S. 6th St.
@lonawood Hands down best place in CoMo! Love the food, drinks, atmosphere and music!  #hereeveryweek #okaymultipletimesaweek #summertime @coleysbistro

Chinese Wok Express | 422 E. Broadway
@blackgrits Getting our #pho on! #vietnamese #photogenic #beefpho #beef”

Seoul Taco | 1020 E. Broadway
@watertheodds Seoul Taco”

Shakespeare’s | 220 S. 8th St., 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct., 3911 Peachtree Dr.
@jasvii007 Old college days haunt. @kaysite @socalfoodiebears @cotraveler¬†#shakespearspizza #mizzou #columbiamo”

Eleven Eleven | 1111 E. Broadway
@1111columbia Our dinner special tonight is a parmesan crusted pork chop with bacon fennel relish and roasted shallot potato pur√©e”

Glenn’s Cafe | 29 S. 8th St.
@capri_su.n Catfish Sandwich. I think I like Cajun food”

Addison’s | 709 Cherry St.
@drewjkoch Had this delicious filet today: topped with fried onions and blue cheese, on a bed of mashed potatoes. #delicious #CoMo #columbiamo #bright #yum#food #steak…”

Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe | 28 S. 9th St.
@stephcahail I’m spending my last few days in Columbia eating at my favorite restaurants. My first stop is at The Main Squeeze! #bittersweet #salad#thefinalnomdown”

Now that you’re starving, pick one of the featured restaurants and grab a bite to eat.

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Searching for the perfect summer read? Why not support the Mizzou Alumni authors below? Take a look and add one (or all) to your “to-read” list.

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Everyone Dies in the End…and I Alone Escaped to Tell You
by Brian Katcher

Everyone Dies is a light-hearted coming of age story about love, growing up, and what it’s like to be buried alive. РGoodreads

I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood. – Goodreads

A Plot for Pridemore

A Plot for Pridemore: A Novel by Stephen Roth

“Stephen Roth, a Georgia native who has lived in Missouri for twenty years, delivers an enthusiastic novel that is urgently plotted and hilariously reveals the sparkling nuances of living in a small rural community.” -Matt Baker, author of Drag the Darkness Down (Amazon)

 Fail
Fail by Rick Skwiot

“The plot is intriguing — dirty dealings at City Hall, corruption in government and a super-smart cop who has gotten on the bad side of the bigwigs…an enjoyable read with such a St. Louis feel…”¬†-St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Amazon)

Slant of Light

Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein

His novel is an exciting and original take on the history of America becoming America, full of complex characters and rich, realistic dialogue. Slant of Light is the perfect summer read for any fan of historical fiction. – Southern Literary Review (Amazon)

Saving Lincoln

Saving Lincoln by Robert Kresge

“Saving Lincoln is a rare treat of a Civil War ‘what if’ novel that it rigorously researched with an entirely plausible Confederate plot for a desperate and dramatic stroke against Abrahm Lincoln himself.¬† Its primary antagonists, both North and South, are well-matched, cunning adversaries who engage in a constantly escalating game of move and countermove in an ever-tightening circle of suspense and intrigue, culminating in a true nail-biting finish.”¬†-John Hill, award-winning author of the Johnny Reb series of Civil War games (Amazon)

Show Me the Murder          Show Me the Deadly Deer          Show Me the Gold

Show Me Mystery Series by Carolyn Mulford

The books feature a wounded former CIA covert operative, Phoenix Smith, who returns to her hometown to recuperate and relax with a lifelong friend. In Show Me the Murder, Phoenix must adapt her spy skills to help the friend, Annalynn Carr Keyser, discover the truth about her husband’s death–and to survive. In Show Me the Deadly Deer and later books, the two women continue to risk their lives to solve and prevent other murders.¬†Her latest book, the third in the series, is Show Me the Gold. –Amazon

Shivaree

Shivaree by Margery A. Neely

“The families living in the Missouri Ozarks in 1946 had a lot to be proud about: Their local boy, Harry S. Truman, had recently been elected president, and there were opportunities to be seized.¬†It‚Äôs against this backdrop that soldiers begin to return home, careers open up, and families set their sights on property, prestige, and prosperity. However, as families anticipate a great post-war era, the growing threat of communism rears its head. The people have something else to worry about when confronted with mysterious phone calls, the deaths of three unconnected people, and an intrusion into a local armament factory.” –Amazon

The Bodies Left Behind

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver

“The Bodies Left Behind” is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver’s patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest. – Goodreads

Lighthouse Island: A Novel

Lighthouse Island: A Novel by Paulette Jiles

‚ÄúThe dystopian novel is beautifully written, and Jiles‚Äô scenes of [protagonist] Nadia navigating the crumbling cityscape and her surreal interactions with the many desperate characters are vivid, shocking and often darkly funny.‚ÄĚ -Columbus Dispatch (Amazon)

White Doves At Morning

White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke

His (Burke’s) thrillers, featuring either Louisiana cop Dave Robicheaux or Billy Bob Holland, a hardened Texas-based lawyer, have consistently appeared on national bestseller lists, making Burke one of America’s most celebrated authors of crime fiction. Now, in a startling and brilliantly successful departure, Burke has written a historical novel — an epic story of love, hate, and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction. – Amazon


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