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

Still hungry? Love tacos? Find your favorite along Saint Robert Taco Trail!

Order Your Complimentary Visitors Guide!

Order your free Visitors Guide and plan your vacation getaway today! Be sure to ask for your complimentary copies of our Historic Driving Tours and Historic Downtown Waynesville Walking Tour when requesting your Visitors Guide!

40th Annual Old Settlers Days Schedule of Events

Old Settlers Days Waynesville Missouri

Schedule of Events

All Weekend

Live music
Civil War camps
President Lincoln
General Grant and his staff
Col. Albert Sigel (commander of Fort Waynesville)
Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloader Camps
Living History Demonstrations
Cavalry Drills
Infantry Drills
Weapons Inspections
Artillery Inspections
Crafters and food vendors

Saturday, July 25

8:30- Civil War and Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Camps Open to Public
10:00- Opening Ceremony
10:30 -4:00- Back Porch Players at Pavilion 3
11:00- First Heat of the Armed Services-YMCA Duck Race
11:00- “Wire Road” Skirmish Reenactment
1:00- Armed Services-YMCA Duck Race Championship
2:00- Battle Reenactment
5:00-7:00- Camps Closed to Public
7:00- Period Dance with Music by the Back Porch Players open to the public
8:45- Night Fire and Artillery Show

Sunday, July 26

8:30- Civil War and Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Camps open to the public
9:30- Period Church Service at the Stage.
10:00 -3:30- Gospel Music by the Back Porch Players
11:00- Calvary Skirmish Reenactment
2:00- Battle of Collie Hollow Reenactment
3:30- Closing

For more information visit or email Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society at View Event Schedule PDF here. Schedule subject to change.

Saint Robert Taco Trail

Tacos aren’t relegated to only Tuesdays or Cinco De Mayo in Pulaski County! Crunch your way through Saint Robert with our handy Taco Trail!

Route 66 Taco & Wing Company

Route 66 Taco & Wing Company (946 Missouri Avenue, Suite 1, 573-232-1399) opened July 2019 and has gathered a legion of die-hard fans since. They offer specialty tacos including the Mother Road Taco (seasoned ribeye steak, cheese, guacamole, red onion, tomato, jalapeno & cilantro) and the Big Kahuna Taco filled with pulled pork topped with Mango-Pineapple salsa and cilantro. Raise the heat level with the Nashville Hot Chicken Taco! Route 66 Taco Company offers Tamale Tuesday specials.

Tacos prepared by Route 66 Taco & Wing Company
Route 66 Taco & Wing Company

Cancun Mexican Grill

Tacos prepared by Cancun Mexican Grill
Cancun Mexican Grill

Cancun Mexican Grill (890 Missouri Avenue, Suite 6, 573-336-8585) offers a menu inspired from the coast of Mexico. The restaurant serves half a dozen takes on the traditional taco including Fajita tacos, Pollo tacos, Carne Azada tacos, and Ocean tacos. Their Pastor tacos feature grilled marinated pork with onions, pineapple, and cilantro.

El Jimador Mexican Restaurant

Jimmy’s” (220 Marshall Drive, Suite 6, 573-336-7555) has been loved by locals for many years. The restaurant has traditional beef or chicken tacos a la carte. They also offer a fajita version of their taco salad- a crisp flour tortilla filled with fajita style steak or chicken sautéed with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and topped with cheese sauce, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo salsa and tomato. Steak lovers will savor an order of tacos de carne asada.

Tacos prepared by El Jimador Mexican Restaurant
El Jimador Mexican Restaurant

Cantina Bravo Mexican Grille

Tacos- crispy, delicious, & portable!

Cantina Bravo Mexican Grill (332 Marshall Drive, 573-336-3390) quickly became a favorite with locals and visitors in Saint Robert. Their menu covers the taco basics: taco salad, fajita taco salad, and shrimp tacos. They also serve tacos de carne asada on either corn or flour tortillas. The tortilla is then stuffed with chopped steak, onions, and cilantro and served with beans, pico de gallo, and tomatillo sauce. Seafood lovers should try tacos de pescado La Paz- hand battered fish filet strips are cooked “to crispy perfection” and topped with pico de gallo salsa. The dish is served with rice and a creamy chipotle sauce on the side.

El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant

In addition to tasty tacos, El Cabrito (560 Old Route 66, 573-336-4373) is known for their table-side guacamole. The restaurant offers a taco salad, seafood tacos, tacos supremos, and other favorites. Tacos a la Plancha are steak or chicken that has been grilled on a round, flat metal plate. This cooking method originated in Spain and is a precursor to the flattop grill. El Cabrito serves their tacos a la Plancha in a soft shell topped with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese. One of their most requested dishes is Tacos Al Cabrito. Served in a flour shell these tacos are filled with steak that was grilled with onions and then covered with cheese sauce. They are served with rice, lettuce, sour cream, and tomato.

Not all who wander are lost. They’re just trying to find the nearest taco joint!

La Familia Mexican Restaurant

Tacos prepared by La Familia Mexican Restaurant.
La Familia Mexican Restaurant

La Familia (1018 Missouri Avenue, 573-336-3339) has been the answer to taco cravings in the Fort Leonard Wood area since 1998. They serve a hunger satisfying taco platter that has your choice of three crispy corn or soft flour tortillas tacos. You decide if you would like those filled with seasoned ground beef, shredded chicken, or shredded beef. They are topped with lettuce, cheese, and diced tomatoes and served with refried beans and rice. The also have top notch tacos de carne asada.

Waynesville Mayor Signs Birthplace of the Byway Proclamation

WAYNESVILLE, MO. -May 22, 2020- As many Route 66 travelers are longing to hit the storied pavement again, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman signed a city proclamation Thursday evening recognizing the upcoming thirty-year anniversary of Missouri’s designation of Route 66 as a historic district.

Five years after U.S. 66 was decommissioned, on July 10, 1990, Missouri became the first state to award the highway historic status.

The legislative bill was sponsored by Missouri State Representatives Jim Mitchell of Richland and J. Dan Woodall of Springfield. It had won unanimous support in the General Assembly.

The bill was signed by Governor John Ashcroft during a ceremony at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Waynesville. At the time, Mitchell noted that it was a historic day for Pulaski County because it was the first time a bill had been signed there.

On the day of the signing, Governor Ashcroft said he hoped the official designation would stir nostalgia and recreate interest in Route 66 and the small towns along it.

Governor Ashcroft’s prediction nearly 30 years ago has been realized. Missouri’s recognition of the Mother Road helped to spur the Route 66 revival.

Waynesville’s role in hosting that historic bill signing ceremony cemented the small town’s legacy as an important part of the Route 66 story- the birthplace of the byway.

In the proclamation Mayor Hardman states, “We proudly celebrated the Highway’s rebirth then and we continue to celebrate Route 66 now, as we build our town and community around its rich history as the Birthplace of the Byway.”

Missouri Route 66 Centennial Commission member Jackie Welborn (left), and former Missouri State Representative Jim Mitchell attended Mayor Luge Hardman’s proclamation signing ceremony Thursday evening. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau was represented by Laura Huffman (right). City of Waynesville

Former State Representative Mitchell attended the proclamation signing Thursday evening. “The historic designation of Route 66 in Missouri is still having a positive impact on the small towns and cities along Route 66. I get a kick out of seeing folks from around the country, and the world, getting their kicks on Route 66 in Waynesville,” he said with a smile.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Beth Wiles added, “The Tourism Bureau is proud to honor Waynesville’s rich legacy as the birthplace of the byway.” She hopes to see even more Route 66 enthusiasts exploring downtown Waynesville as the town’s claim to Route 66 fame gains more recognition. She stated, “The story of Governor Ashcroft signing the bill at the courthouse needed to be dusted off and retold.  Waynesville is a significant part of the rebirth of Route 66.”

Get to Know Pulaski County!

Are you looking for the perfect escape in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains? Get to know Pulaski County USA! We are a rural, uncrowded destination that is packed with small town charm & Americana!

Tourists know us as a relaxing place to reconnect with their soldiers-in-training after their military graduation at Fort Leonard Wood!

Travelers know us as a perfect overnight stop on their Route 66 journey across America. They love the scenic beauty and tie-rafting history of Devils Elbow- an award-winning Route 66 location. They love Frog Rock and the fascinating history of Waynesville– the birthplace of the byway!

Visitors know us as a perfect place to reconnect with family in our outdoor settings and landscapes. Paddlers love Pulaski County for our unspoiled rivers.

Are you looking for the perfect escape in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains? Get to know Pulaski County USA!

Anglers seek out Pulaski County for our uncrowded trout fishing- steps away from downtown dining, antiquing, and shopping.

Easy to get to!

Pulaski County is easy to get to! Centrally located along Interstate 44 we are the midpoint of the highway between Saint Louis and Joplin. Commercial jet service to Pulaski County is available through Contour Airlines.

Check into a modern rustic or upscale boutique hotel in Saint Robert. Vacation rentals, cabins, and bed and breakfasts can be found throughout Pulaski County’s small towns and rural areas. Or become one with Mother Nature at a cabin at a bucolic Ozarks resort. Picking out the perfect place to stay during your Pulaski County getaway is half the fun! We are here to help you with that!

There’s More Than You Thought!

Get to know Pulaski County, Missouri! There’s more than you thought!

Order Your Free Visitors Guide

Order your free Visitors Guide and plan your vacation getaway today! Be sure to ask for your free copies of our Historic Driving Tours and Historic Downtown Waynesville Walking Tour when requesting your Visitors Guide!