Seven Yummy Mom & Pop Restaurants Near Fort Leonard Wood

Mid-Missouri’s Melting Pot

Delicious flavors explode in Saint Robert and Waynesville, Missouri! Pulaski County is the rural melting pot of Mid-Missouri. The area’s diversity is reflected in a dining scene filled with global cuisines and unique tastes that are worth a drive! Spend a weekend exploring our local flavors, floating our Ozark Mountain streams, and scouting our stretch of Route 66!   

A Taste of Chicago

Chicago-style Polish Sausage at Callie’s Finger Foods

“The owner is passionate about his food and it shows in the flavors! Fries cut and cooked fresh when you order. Authentic Chicago ingredients you can’t buy locally. We had the Italian beef sandwich (loaded with meat and peppers – spicy!), a Chicago dog (pulled with toppings), and a pizza puff (fried pocket from heaven). All delicious!”

Matt G. via Google

Callie’s Finger Foods (878 Missouri Avenue, Suite 4, Saint Robert, 573-451-2447) brings the tastes of the Windy City outside the main gate of Fort Leonard Wood. At Callie’s every order comes with fries. Chicagoans and foodies alike will relish their Italian Beef, Polish Chicago Style, and Chicago’s original Pizza Puffs!

Meats & Drinks

Even the salads have meat at Carnivores!
Even the salads have a hearty portion of meat at Carnivores!

“Very cool concept where warrior culture meats dinner. The place has a Spartan theme, and the menu reflects food worthy of any steel welding warrior. As the name eludes, it is mostly hearty portions of red meat.”

JW R. via Google

Carnivores Meats & Drinks (220 Marshall Drive, Suite 8, Saint Robert, 573-451-2090) is one of the newest additions to Saint Robert’s thriving Mom & Pop food scene. Veteran owned; Carnivores is quickly becoming a destination for date nights. Dive into one of their BBQ plates or nosh on a Carnivore Burger. Don’t skip the Corn Bread appetizer. CM&D also offers craft cocktails. Their Pineapple Mojito Sangria is a perfect summer sipper!

Dragon Fodder

“I love the Cuban sunrise breakfast sandwich and the quiche!! Such a great place to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends.”

Angela S. via Google
Drachenfutter's menu includes sweet treats!
Don’t miss the sweet treats at Drachenfutter!

Drachenfutter (307 Historic Route 66 West, Waynesville, 573-232-1402) defines Dragon Fodder (food) as “what one gives their significant other to make amends after a quarrel or upsetting them.” Don’t wait to take the special people in your life to this cozy café alongside Waynesville’s Route 66. Drachenfutter’s German inspiration also shows in their plates. Try the Beer Bratwurst with Onions and Apples or a signature Schnitzel for dinner.

Ramen & Sushi

Glassico Sushi’s Mixed Poke Bowl

“The vegetable ramen was beautifully put together and tasted as fantastic as it looked. The sushi was also stellar. The room was small, intimate, and their choice of music was perfect. Loved it. Great for dates, families or just a quick bite to eat!”

Jacob Z. via Google

A sign with only an image of a red fish marks the location of Glassico Sushi (198 Old Route 66, Saint Robert, 573-336-3877) just east of George M. Reed Roadside Park. Step inside and you will discover a stylish interior and sushi that is worth a drive. Sushi isn’t the only star at Glassico Sushi though. Their poke bowls have been described as “flavor explosions” and the ramen as “phenomenal.”

Unforgettable Entertainment

“The meals are always good-sized portions, the sushi rolls are perfectly made, the crab ragoons are the best I’ve ever had, and the crispy duck salad is just delightful. Thanks for such a reliably great experience!”

Keysha F. via Facebook
Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar features an entertaining Hibachi.
Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar features an entertaining Hibachi.

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar (240 Marshall Drive, Suite 8, Saint Robert, 573-336-5036) promises “hibachi chefs that will amaze you with their dazzling fire shows.” Ichiban’s Sushi Bar offers a variety of signature rolls including the popular Tiger Roll (tuna, salmon, and white fish, in an avocado wrap with tiger seaweed topped with chef sauce) and the Saint Robert Roll. Diners seated at the hibachi grill will enjoy the theatrics as their lobster, swordfish, salmon, or shrimp dinners are cooked to perfection before their eyes. Chicken and beef eaters aren’t left out at Ichiban Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar. Beef cuts include New York Strip and Filet Mignon.

Mediterranean Hot Spot

Mama Mia's Authentic Mediterranean's Gyro Sandwich
Mama Mia’s Authentic Mediterranean’s Gyro Sandwich

“The best gyros I’ve ever had in my life. Well cooked, not dried out, wonderfully seasoned. Friendly and funny staff, overall a great experience.” 

Darian B. via Google

In Greek communities across Missouri the name Makridis is synonymous with authentic Mediterranean food. The Makridis family has a reputation for dishing up delicious food in the Show Me State for over 40 years. Eleni Makridis carries on that tradition today as owner of Mama Mia Authentic Mediterranean (101 Comfort Inn Drive, Saint Robert, 573-336-1200) in Saint Robert. Mama Mia has been referred to as a “hidden gem.” Your taste buds will thank you for finding this joint. Appetizer choices include the St. Louis favorite Toasted Ravioli, Keftedakia (small Greek meatballs), and Calamari. The Greek Salad, topped with feta, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and dressing that has been described as “perfect” on many occasions. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and meatball choices. Kalí̱ órexi̱!

Ozarks-Inspired Craft Beers

“A great addition to the downtown Waynesville area. Great pizza and soft pretzels, excellent beer. Don’t take my word for it, give the place a try.”

William R. via Google
Pair your craft beer with pizza at Piney River Taproom

Piney River Taproom (326 Historic Route 66 East, Waynesville, 573-433-2739) is the newest addition to the south side of Waynesville’s historic square. An extension of Piney River Brewing Company’s BARn location in Bucyrus, Missouri (Texas County) features 16 Piney River craft beers on tap. Inspired by their Ozarks surroundings, Piney River Brewing Company’s beer lineup includes award-winning Black Walnut and Float Trip Ale. Pair your craft beer with handmade pizza and pretzels. Ask about their sauerkraut pizza topping. Piney River Taproom is family-friendly and offers PRBC’s Andy’s Root Beer.

Tacos at El Jimador Mexican Restaurant in Saint Robert, Missouri

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