The Best Restaurants In Joplin, Missouri

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30 September 2019

Joplin is a popular destination – a Missouri region which many travelers visit annually due to its beauty and cultural events. It also has many delectable local haunts and restaurants that should be visited for many reasons. We explore the best dining establishments in the Joplin area.

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Restaurant, Seafood, $$$

With mouth-watering dishes that have received critical acclaim, including the highest seafood rating by Joplin Globe readers, Crabbys is a restaurant with a communal atmosphere and delicious food. From the menu, try the pan-seared jumbo sea scallops served with parmesan and potato gnocchi, a winter squash medley, flash-fried baby spinach and a lemon beurre blanc sauce. Alternatively, sample a fresh bacon wedge salad served with applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese, diced tomatoes and a bacon and balsamic vinaigrette reduction. For an absolutely memorable dining experience, Crabbys is a must-visit restaurant.

Hackett Hot Wings

Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, Vegetarian, $$$
A locally owned restaurant that serves up flavorsome chicken to diners, Hackett Hot Wings is the perfect place in which to relax with friends or colleagues and enjoy a delicious meal. Having received positive reviews and accolades including most popular restaurant from UrbanSpoon, the establishment is well worth visiting for its succulent creations. With a range of delicious sauces made from scratch and dishes such as jumbo chicken chunks served with such optional sides as sweet potato puffs, Hackett combines delectable meats with a relaxing vibe.

The Bruncheonette

Restaurant, North American, $$$

Serving up delicious breakfasts, brunches and lunches to diners, The Bruncheonette has a range of dishes into which you can sink your teeth. Sample the pulled pork pancakes, which are served with syrup, or try the biscuits and gravy which consists of two homemade buttermilk biscuits served with sausage, chorizo and bacon gravy. Alternatively, enjoy a sweet, delicious crepe served with chocolate and banana. The range of fare at this establishment will fill you up in the morning and you certainly will not leave hungry.

The Eagle Drive-In

Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
With exceptional, outstanding service and succulent burgers, The Eagle Drive-In is a diner that specializes in New American and traditional fare, soul food, big portions and big flavors. Serving up hand-cut fries, diner fare, steaks and fish and a refreshing range of wine and liquors, the restaurant’s menu is impressive. From the range of dishes available, try a pork brisket burger topped with apple and onion slaw, a mouth-watering steak sauce, and Swiss and American cheese on grilled sourdough bread. If you arrive hungry, prepare to leave full.

Red Onion Café

Restaurant, North American, $$$

Aiming to provide the Joplin area with a casual environment in which to eat and a unique range of food, Red Onion Café is a delightful haunt with a delectable menu. From the dishes on offer choose an absolutely delicious, hearty bacon and potato soup or try the Arkansas smokehouse chicken served with new potatoes, tomato, red onion, bell pepper, bow tie pasta and a mild Anaheim pepper sauce. From sandwiches to burgers, grilled meats and delicious specialties, Red Onion Café is a venue that should definitely not be missed.

Big R’s BBQ

Bar, Restaurant, BBQ, $$$
Serving up delectable smoked meats and fare that has been inspired by family recipes, Big R’s BBQ is a delightful restaurant which features delicious flavors. With a range of options such as ciabatta chicken- served with melted Swiss cheese, a toasted ciabatta bun, garlic mayonnaise and tomato and avocado, and steaks such as the Kansas city strip, the menu bursts with options that you can choose from. From the bar, try a signature Bloody Mary or a refreshing chardonnay and definitely opt for side dishes which include choices of coleslaw, potato salad or apple sauce.


Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
With an art deco-style bar and a restaurant that serves a range of succulent hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, Wilder’s is the place to go for delectable meals. Choose a three-onion soup consisting of caramelized white and red onions in traditional beef stock, topped with house made crouton, gruyere cheese and green onion. Alternatively, sample their surf and turf option served with steak and options of fresh fish, South American lobster, grilled jumbo shrimp, Pacific king salmon, seared scallops, Chilean sea bass or sushi tuna. Its wide range of dishes means that this establishment has something for everyone.

Undercliff Grill and Bar

Restaurant, BBQ, Mexican, North American, $$$

A family owned restaurant with fresh food and a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the company of family and friends, Undercliff Grill and bar is a local haunt with delectable food. Sample their tortilla made with fresh ham, cheddar cheese, green peppers, onion and salsa, or try a stuffed jalapeño dish served with rich cream cheese and dipped in a light potato breading. This dish comes served with ranch dressing for dipping and will be a treat for your taste buds.

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