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The 10 Best Restaurants In Joplin, Missouri
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Joplin, Missouri

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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 10 best dining establishments in the Joplin area.


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.

Crabbys Seafood Bar & Grill, 815 W 7th St., MO, USA, +1 417 206 3474

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Hackett Hot Wings

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.

Hackett Hot Wings, 520 S Main St., MO, USA, +1 417 625 1333

The Bruncheonette

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 Bruncheonette, 424 N Main St., MO, USA, +1 417 781 3447

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The Eagle Drive-In

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.

Eagle Drive In, 4224 Hearnes Blvd., MO, USA, +1 417 623 2228

Red Onion Café

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.

Red Onion Café, 203 E 4th St., MO, USA, +1 417 623 1004

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Big R’s 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.

Big R’s Bar BBQ, 1220 E 15th St., MO, USA, +1 417 781 5959

Kitchen Pass Restaurant and Bar

At Kitchen Pass Restaurant the atmosphere, food and drink options are wide-ranging. The diverse original recipes and reasonable prices make for an eatery that should definitely be visited. From the starter menu choose a plate of chicken chunks that are hand-breaded and served with your choice of dipping sauce, or sample a quesadilla – a grilled flour tortilla with optional beef or chicken, grilled peppers and onions with melted cheeses. The dish comes served with a signature salsa. From the chicken main dishes why not sample the hand-breaded chicken tenders that are fried golden brown and served with mashed potatoes jalapeño coleslaw and a fresh-baked roll with honey butter.

The Kitchen Pass, 1212 S Main St, MO, USA, +1 417 624 9095

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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.

Wilder’s Steakhouse, 1216 S Main St, MO, USA, +1 417 623 7230

Sawmill BBQ

Specializing in barbecue meats that will keep you coming back for more, Sawmill BBQ is a locally owned establishment that serves up delicious food. Sample the meat combination dishes, such as their smoked pulled pork, and pair it with their range of side dishes such as coleslaw, French fries, mac and cheese or potato salad. With a full-range of options, diners will be spoiled for choice.

Saw Mill BBQ, 612 S Main St, MO, USA, +1 618 332 3000

Undercliff Grill and Bar

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.

Undercliff Grill & Bar, 6385 Old Hwy 71, MO, USA, +1 417 623 8382