The trail head is at Flat Branch Park (4th and Locust) which is at the eastern edge of what is known by locals as The District (aka downtown Columbia). Columbia isn't much (I'm originally from St. Louis) but they take pride in their local businesses and The District is where most of those are.
Shakespeare's, Booches, and Billiards have all been mentioned (Billiards is closing at the end of July) but along that same street (9th street, a few blocks from the trail head) my favorite place is Main Squeeze. They don't serve meat, and everything is locally supplied (fruits, vegetables, bread, etc.). The house special is the Tempeh Ruby, delicious. They show local art too.
Around the corner from Main Squeeze is a little coffee shop called The Artisan. It's on Cherry Street, and the food is pretty good but expensive. Their coffee is, arguably, the best in town.
Across the street from that is Bangkok Gardens. Service is great, and food is killer. Also very vegetarian friendly.
Further down Cherry Street (to the East, towards the trail head) is Addison's Grill. To the west is Nike Bar and Grill (great/cheap hamburgers, so I hear), and around the corner from Nike is Bambino's Italian Cafe (it's at Hitt and Locust, which is 7 blocks west from the trail head).
On Broadway, which is one block north from Bangkok Gardens and two blocks north from the trail head, there are even more options. My favorite is the Indian place at Hitt and Broadway. Best in town, if you ask me, and very authentic.
Closer to the trail head there's Grill One 5. It's mostly a bar, but they have a pretty extensive menu. Great wine list, too. And then there's Flat Branch Brewery, which is only 1 block to the west on 5th street. They brew local beers and have a great menu. Thursdays are buy one get one free appetizers too...
Other than local places there is a Subway, a Jimmy John's, and a Quizno's downtown, too.
posted Jul 7 2007 5:12PM
- Anne, Columbia, MO
Anne, That's a lot of great info on Columbia eateries. I like Shakespeare's Pizza and Flat Branch Brewery.
"Columbia isn't much (I'm originally from St. Louis)"
Heh, I grew up in Boonville; I thought Columbia had everything!
Thanks for the warning about the place that doesn't serve meat. (wink)
posted Jul 8 2007 8:35AM
- savage24, KC,MO