Who knew that Missouri hospitality extends to fabulous dining? My gal pal Jessie and I recently traveled to Jefferson City, Mo., where we made our way Madison’s Cafe. I could have made a meal on just the appetizers. After devouring our Calamari, polishing off our Mad Crab Stack, I barely had room for my Rigatoni Quatro Fromage. But what stood out the most to me was the hospitality. The service was fabulous, which means a lot when you are traveling.
That evening, we headed up the hill to Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant. The food was great,the wine was fabulous, but the adorable “boy band” stole the show. The Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant serves up entertainment with different bands, musicians, or local entertainment weekly. People often ask me to define a place by telling them who I would return there with; Canterbury Winery has an upscale winery feel but an open atmosphere — a place I would happily travel to for date night, girls’ night out, or birthday lunches. Although I saw kids there, I probably would not bring my kids there — the music was bit loud for kids (although I loved it) and the patio was crowded, which in my mind would make it hard for kids to maneuver.
On our second day of our trip, Jessie and I decided we better have a light lunch. Cafe Via Roma in downtown Jefferson City, was just the spot. I would define Cafe Via Roma as a sandwich shop with class, style, and flavor and they pride themselves as “A Taste of Europe In the Capitol City” I loved the food, but what I loved more about this place was the atmosphere. I love a place that has outside dining, especially when the area as beautiful as downtown Jefferson City. I chose a Tuscan turkey panini, and the flavor did not let me down. Even better, together we spent less than $20 — good food and great atmosphere for an excellent price.
Our final stop in Jefferson City was Prison Brews Microbrewery and Restaurant. We had dinner here just before touring the Missouri State Penitentiary. This restaurant sets the theme if you plan to tour the Missouri State Penitentiary; however, there is no need to save it just for that. I found Prison Brews as a place I could just get comfortable at, the food or the food I chose was a good old fashion bacon cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, with a cold fresh brewed beer on the side. Prison Brews is a microbrewery, so most of their beers are made on site, and cutely named to match their ‘theme”. I am more of a wine person than beer drinker; however, the beer went down smoothly and gave me just enough of that “liquid courage” to get excited about my ghost tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary.