The Cabbage Roll serves authentic German cuisine in a quaint, cozy environment. The small, intimate restaurant has a buzzing, laid-back cafe atmosphere, with a number of charming German knick knacks and souvenirs decorating the walls, and flags of Europe hung up behind the counter. Where The Cabbage Roll truly excels, however, is in its cuisine. The eponymous cabbage rolls, made according to a traditional family recipe, are delicious, full of flavor, and the perfect meal when served alongside German fried potatoes. Other highlights from the menu include the meatloaf sandwich, the jäger schnitzel and the hamburger and fries served in the first week of every month. The Cabbage Roll also has a well-stocked dessert counter filled with cakes, pies and other tasty treats.
The Cabbage Roll, 2641 Lafayette Street, St. Joseph, MO, USA, +1 816-233-4444
For a unique take on classic American cuisine in a nostalgic 1950s environment, look no further than Crumbly Burger – St Joseph’s most unusual burger spot. As simple and delicious as it sounds, the restaurant specializes in ‘crumbly burgers’: ground beef seasoned and mixed with fried onions, and served with melted cheese and pickles between two bread buns. Burgers can be ordered with a side of thick-cut, crispy French fries, either classic and plain, or topped with chili, bacon, and cheese. For those who fancy something different, Crumbly Burger also has a number of non-burger options, such as their soft tacos and nachos. For the true 1950s diner experience, top off the meal with an extra-thick foamy milkshake or an ice-cream sundae.
Crumbly Burger, 2701 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO, USA, +1 816-387-8867
Reportedly the oldest saloon still surviving west of the Mississippi, First Ward House is brimming with local historical culture, a lively atmosphere, and excellent food. Boasting wood floors and a unique, old-fashioned bar, First Ward House manages to retain the old-world Western charm which makes it so popular, while still remaining very much up-to-date. The bar runs regular open mic and music nights, making it a great place to relax over a drink and some food with friends, and simply soak up the local atmosphere. The bar is well-stocked, with dozens of different bottled beers from various breweries; try a beer with the bar’s famed spicy smoked wings or a juicy burger.
First Ward House, 2101 Saint Joseph Avenue, St. Joseph, MO, USA, +1 816-273-0039
Located in a stunning Victorian house, now on the National Register of Historic Places, The Gothic House offers an entirely unique dining experience filled with beauty and history. The interior is charmingly old-fashioned and decorated in a quirky, Gothic style, complete with elaborate wall sconces, candlesticks, tablecloths and porcelain tea sets. Guests can also dine outside on a patio overlooking a scenic, landscaped garden blooming with flowers between winding cobbled paths. The restaurant has a small but varied lunch menu, including rosemary crusted pork loin and a quiche de jour, as well as a large variety of specialty teas, coffees and hot chocolates on offer. For a truly special experience, call ahead early to request a traditional afternoon tea.
The Gothic House, 720 South 10th Street, Saint Joseph, MO, USA, +1 816-232-8115
One of the newest additions to St Joseph’s dining scene, Il Lazzarone has nevertheless quickly made a name for itself. The restaurant is the only pizzeria in the area to be certified as authentically Neapolitan by the American Delegation of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a distinction that shines through in its crisp pizza bases, slightly charred crusts and fresh toppings. Il Lazzarone puts great emphasis on the process behind the finished product; all ingredients are freshly prepared and, when possible, sourced locally, while the restaurant features an open-plan kitchen where customers can watch their pizza being prepared. The mouthwatering menu, combined with the restaurant’s industrial yet warm decor, makes Il Lazzarone the perfect spot for a laid back yet special evening.
Il Lazzarone, 1628 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO, USA, +1-816-273-0582