Discover A Hidden History- Cherokee Trail of Tears Encampment Waynesville, Missouri

In 1830 Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, providing “for an exchange of lands with Indians residing in any states or territories, and for their removal west of the river Mississippi.” This act changed the Cherokee Nation forever. Their leaders fought against this act but by 1832 they were running out of options.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

One by one, sometimes in chains, tribes were removed. The Choctaw, the Muscogee Creeks, the Chickasaw, the Seminoles were all forced from their homelands and moved to Indian Territory-now known as Oklahoma.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“A Trail of Tragedy”- Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

In 1835, acting outside the authority of the Cherokee government, 20 tribal members, led by Major Ridge, signed the Treaty of New Echota. The conditions for removal were set: In exchange for $5 million the tribe would relocate to Indian Territory. Though the majority of Cherokee protested the agreement it was enacted into law by Congress in 1836. The treaty gave the Cherokee two years to voluntarily move.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“A Resting Place for the Weary”- Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

Not surprisingly, most Cherokee refused to recognize the Treaty of New Echota. Few had moved at the end of the two year period. In 1838 General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers, began a removal effort in Georgia. Cherokee families were uprooted and driven-sometimes at bayonet point to removal camps. In June of that year Cherokee were loaded by the Army onto flatboats and moved to Indian Territory. The first boat completed the journey in 13 days. Desertions and fatalities plagued the next two groups and the poorly supplied boats were ravaged by disease.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“Discover A Hidden History”- Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

To save his people, Principal Chief John Ross petitioned General Scott to let the Cherokee control their own removal. Ross organized detachments of about 1,000 each and the Cherokee traveled by foot, horse, and wagon for 800 miles, taking up to eight months to reach Indian Territory. Two of these detachments camped at Roubidoux Spring in Waynesville- in December 1837 and March 1839. Details of these camps were recorded by Dr. W.I. Morrow, Reverend Daniel S. Butrick, and B.B. Cannon in their journals and diaries.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“Why Did The Cherokee Stop Here?”-Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

The Cherokee suffered terribly during the hard winters. 15,000 Cherokee were forced from their homes and many hundreds died on the journey. Seventeen detachments of Cherokee arrived in Indian Territory in 1838 and 1839 and the tribe members began rebuilding their lives. Today the Cherokee and other removed tribes endure as vigorous Indian nations.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“A Road Through History”- Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

The City of Waynesville and the Downtown Beautification Committee applied for, and received, certification as a site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and in October of 2006, a Certification Ceremony was held in Laughlin Park, on the banks of the Roubidoux Creek. The National Park Service was represented by Aaron Mahr, who presented the certificate, and the Missouri Trail of Tears Association was represented by Deloris Wood. Laughlin Park is one of only seven certified sites in Missouri. Two others- Maramec Spring Park and Snelson-Brinker Cabin are only 45 miles from Laughlin Park. Certified sites can also be found in Pilot Knob, Springfield, Cassville, and Jackson.

Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

“A Frigid Crossing”- Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville, MO

On June 19th, 2015 The City of Waynesville, in conjunction with National Park Service, Trail of Tears Association, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau will unveil seven Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibits. The exhibits begin at Roubidoux Spring and are located along the mile long walking path that follows the Roubidoux River. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend. A reception, provided by Vidie’s Catering will follow. Honored guests will include the Cherokee Remember The Removal Riders.

"We traveled about 12 miles to a settlement... on the banks of a beautiful stream, named Rubedoo.  Here we had a delightful place, on the bank of the river, convenient to wood and water."- Rev. Daniel S. Butrick March 12, 1839

“We traveled about 12 miles to a settlement… on the banks of a beautiful stream, named Rubedoo. Here we had a delightful place, on the bank of the river, convenient to wood and water.”- Rev. Daniel S. Butrick March 12, 1839

Information in this article is via National Park Service Trail of Tears brochure. To learn more visit: http://www.nps.gov/trte/index.htm

Ten Reasons To Attend 2015 NSS Convention In Waynesville, Missouri!

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1. NSS Convention 2015 is centrally located in the Mississippi Valley-Ozark Region (MVOR). Whether you normally cave in ARA, MAR, NRO, NCA, SERA, SWR, TSA, VAR, Western Region, or the Rocky Mountain Region- #NSS2015 is within reach! Convention Central and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

#NSS2015 Convention Hall and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

#NSS2015 Convention Hall and Campground are both easily accessed via Interstate 44!

2. #MuddyCaveMonday! And Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday! With 200 caves offered during Convention, most oozing with Pulaski County mud, you will have plenty of photo ops to submit to National Speleological Society (@Nsscaves) for the Muddy Cave Monday feature!

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3. Affordability! From the gas pump, to lodging, to a night on the town- your dollar will have more bang for the buck in Pulaski County! Stretch it even further by asking for your free discount card at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau booth at Convention Hall. This is your passport to savings in town.

4. Campfires are welcome at Campground. Bring S’more fixings!

Campfires are allowed at 2015 National Speleological Society Convention in Waynesville, MO.!

Campfires are allowed at 2015 National Speleological Society Convention in Waynesville, MO.!

5. Two of the best BBQ towns in the United States are in Missouri- St. Louis and Kansas City. Missouri’s BBQ isn’t confined to the big cities though. You will find lip smacking barbecue all across in the state- and at Campground and restaurants in Waynesville.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

6. Concierge decontamination service will be offered at Campground. More time for you to relax and catch up with fellow cavers!

7. Fishing! You can fish several Red & White Ribbon trout areas of the Roubidoux River, even in the heart of Downtown Waynesville. Bennett Spring and Montauk trout parks are also an easy drive from Waynesville. The Gasconade & Big Piney Rivers are well known for smallmouth bass fishing.

Rainbow trout caught at Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. Courtesy of Alan Clark.

Rainbow trout caught at Roubidoux Spring in Laughlin Park. Courtesy of Alan Clark.

8. You can explore Route 66, tour the 1903 Courthouse Museum by head lamp, visit an Old Stagecoach Stop, try your hand at ghost hunting, raft a lazy river, go antiquing, shop for the perfect Ozarks keepsake, honor the Cherokee at the Trail of Tears Memorial, drink a local craft beer, splash in a spring- all within 20 minutes of Convention Central! Local Attractions During National Speleological Society Convention 2015 9. Enjoy the show! Discover show caves & Civil War battlefields, take a Missouri State Penitentiary tour in Jefferson City, explore a state park, follow in Lewis & Clark’s footsteps, bike or hike the KATY trail, view St. Louis from the top of the Arch, wish upon a fountain in the City of Fountains, or head to the live music show capital of the world in Branson. There is a lot to see and do in The Show Me State for the whole family!

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Image via Wikimedia Commons

10. Caving! 200 caves will be offered during #NSS2015!

Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance www.ocda.org

Cave diving will be available during #NSS2015! Photo by Jennifer Idol, Ozark Cave Diving Alliance http://www.ocda.org

Register for 2015 NSS Convention today! Discounted registration available through May 31, 2015!!!

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of May 18, 2015-May 24, 2015

May 22-25- Mid America Freedom Rally XXVII
What: Largest motorcycle rally in Mid Missouri
Where: Pulaski County-Ft. Leonard Wood Shrine Club
When: Gates open the 22nd at Noon, events runs through the morning of May 26th.
Cost: MRO members $25 per person, Non-members $30
Contact: Freedom of the Road Riders (Anita Servos)- 573.821.6766

May 22-25 Freedom Rally

May 23- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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May 23- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

 May 23- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:
May 29: CXMMA International MMA Fights
May 30: Route 66 Summer Jam

Top 5 Places To Have A Flavor Party In Pulaski County USA!

Delicious flavors explode in Saint Robert, Missouri! Pulaski County is the melting pot of Mid-Missouri and the local cuisine certainly reflects diversity. Four of St. Robert’s top five rated restaurants serve three different international cuisines: Korean, Mediterranean, and regional Mexican dishes. Traditional Ozarks BBQ rounds out the list. Grab your taste “buds” and bring your appetite to Pulaski County!

1. Cafe Korea- Chong Moore, owner of Cafe Korea, has been sharing her South Korean heritage, culture, and food with Saint Robert for almost five years. Her prepared to order, authentic dishes have been called the “the best of Korean cuisine in the Ozarks” by Rural Missouri magazine. Raised in her Mother’s kitchen, Moore prides herself on the freshness of her ingredients. She and her staff hand slice the meats that they marinate for 24 hours before creating their “ma shee suh yo” appetizers and entrees.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

2. Mama Mia- 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 in Saint Robert. Mama Mia has been referred to as a “hidden gem”, tucked under the shadow of the Comfort Inn. They are best known for their generous gyros- no skimping on the meat at Mama Mia! Kalí̱ órexi̱

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

3. Don Jose Unique Mexican Bar & Grill- A relative newcomer to the St. Robert food scene, Don Jose’s has a lot of buzz- and a lot of 5 star reviews.

4. Cancun Mexican Grill- CMG serves dishes inspired from the coasts of Mexico. The Yucatan peninsula has a style of food all of its own which you can find in many restaurants in Cancun. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of Mayan, Caribbean, Dutch, Lebanese, and Spanish flavors. The dishes at Cancun Mexican Grill have been described as authentic, flavorful, and delicious. The Warrior Burrito is a top seller and is a local favorite.

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

5. Sweetwater Bar-B-Que- Beginning in the 1820’s industrious, enterprising men began floating rafts of railroad ties down the Big Piney River, into the Gasconade River, and downstream to Arlington. These rough and ready tie-rafters named landmarks along their journey. In Pulaski County, on land that is now part of Fort Leonard Wood, between Crooked Chute and Spring Creek Eddy was Sweet Water. Sweet Water was a long, swift stretch in the river. Rafters looked forward to this spot on the Big Piney because it was “sweet going”. Today, folks look forward to a different type of sweet water- Sweetwater Bar-B-Que on historic Route 66 in Saint Robert- not far from the banks of the Big Piney River. Sweetwater shouldn’t be hard to find- just roll down your window as you approach Interstate 44 Exit 163 and let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

*Rankings from TripAdvisor 5/6/2015
** For a full listing of area restaurants, including corporate brands, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

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Events for the week of May 11, 2015-May 17, 2015

May 16- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

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May 16- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

May 16- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:
May 22-25: Mid America Freedom Rally
May 29-31: Route 66 In The Ozarks Square Dance Weekend
May 29: CXMMA International MMA Fights
May 30: Route 66 Summer Jam

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org
http://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015
twitter.com/NSS2015
Discounted Registration before June 1st
http://nss2015.caves.org/registration.shtml

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A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier
Premiering Summer 2015

FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County USA Logo

Events for the week of May 4, 2015-May 10, 2015

Welcome To The Following Groups:
May 4- Czech Route 66 Association

Czech Route 66 Association logo

Czech Route 66 Association logo

May 9- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Year- round Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market Logo

May 9- 1903 Route 66 Courthouse Museum
What: One of only two remaining Route 66 period courthouses in Missouri. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society (Denise Seevers)-573.855.3644

Museums In Waynesville

May 9- Old Stagecoach Stop Museum
What: Pulaski County’s oldest building has served as a private residence, a stagecoach stop, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel on Historic Route 66. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Where: On The Square, Waynesville
When: 10 am until 4 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations accepted
Contact: Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation (Jan Primas)- 573.435.6766

Looking Ahead:
May 22-25: Mid America Freedom Rally
May 29-31: Route 66 In The Ozarks Square Dance Weekend

Home to the 2015 National Speleological Society Convention
#NSS2015
July 13-17, 2015
Waynesville, MO
nss2015.caves.org
http://www.facebook.com/NSSConvention2015
twitter.com/NSS2015
Discounted Registration before June 1st
http://nss2015.caves.org/registration.shtml

2015 National Speleological Convention Logo revised

A Featured Destination in FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier
Premiering Summer 2015

FIREBALL RUN: America's Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

FIREBALL RUN: America’s Frontier premiers in its entirety Summer 2015.

Hitchhikers Guide To Local Flavor

Pulaski County is the melting pot of Mid-Missouri- and has the cuisine to prove it! This handy reference will guide you to some of the areas favorite unique dining spots- the places where the locals go to eat. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list. For a full listing of area restaurants, including corporate brands that you will recognize from your home, please visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com. Enjoy your culinary travels in the heart of Missouri cave country!

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

Jitters Bar & Grill in St. Robert

ASIAN CUISINE

Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill
198 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3399
10 miles from campground

It might take “a leap of faith to order sushi in Missouri in July”. New Hampshire TripAdvisor reviewer Kayaker01, took that leap of faith and declared Mizeki Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill in Saint Robert as “excellent” and urges others to “Just go. You will not be disappointed.” Mizeki’s offers appetizers, Japanese noodles, lunch specials, and dinner entrees. Popular appetizers include edamame, soft shell crab, and vegetarian gyoza. Between 11 am and 2 pm you can order one of six bento lunch combos- all come with miso soup, egg roll, gyoza, salad, and rice. Bento combos are available during dinner hours also. A popular dinner choice is Unagi Danburi- a bowl of rice with eel, avocado, seaweed salad, octopus salad, and tomago. Sushi options include salmon, tuna, albacore, yellow tail, red snapper, freshwater eel, crab, octopus, squid, sweet shrimp, mussel, masago, and tamago. House rolls include an avocado roll, cucumber roll, vegetable roll, California roll, spicy shrimp & crab roll, tuna roll, salmon roll, yellow tail roll, phille roll, spicy tuna roll, shrimp tempura roll, eel cucumber roll, and a crab stick roll. Other options include a Hawaiian Roll (fresh/raw), Drill Sergeant Roll (fresh/raw), Sunshine Roll (baked), Monkey Ball (fried mushroom stuffed with spicy tuna), St. Robert Roll (lettuce, cucumber, avocado, crab meat, fried shrimp inside- topped with avocado) and the M4 Roll.

Cafe Korea
839 VFW Memorial Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.3232
11 miles from campground

Chong Moore, owner of Cafe Korea, has been sharing her South Korean heritage, culture, and food with Saint Robert for almost five years. Her prepared to order, authentic dishes have been called the “the best of Korean cuisine in the Ozarks” by Rural Missouri magazine. Raised in her Mother’s kitchen, Moore prides herself on the freshness of her ingredients. She and her staff hand slice the meats that they marinate for 24 hours before creating their “ma shee suh yo” appetizers and entrees. One of their most popular entrees is Bulgogi, served with white or fried rice, made with your choice of beef, chicken, or pork. Their lunch special is especially popular- bulgogi or teriyaki served in a bento box with rice, spring roll, yakimandu, crab rangoon, kimbahp, and house salad. The salad is served with a spicy dressing that will make you wish it was bottled for sale to take home. The restaurant only accepts cash or checks for payment. There is an ATM available inside- and they also have free Wi-Fi.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

Cafe Korea in Saint Robert. Photo by Rural Missouri.

BARBECUE CUISINE

Sweetwater Bar-B-Que
14076 Highway Z
Saint Robert
573.336.8830
13 miles from campground

Beginning in the 1820’s industrious, enterprising men began floating rafts of railroad ties down the Big Piney River, into the Gasconade River, and downstream to Arlington. These rough and ready tie-rafters named landmarks along their journey. In Pulaski County, on land that is now part of Fort Leonard Wood, between Crooked Chute and Spring Creek Eddy was Sweet Water. Sweet Water was a long, swift stretch in the river. Rafters looked forward to this spot on the Big Piney because it was “sweet going”.

Today, folks look forward to a different type of sweet water- Sweetwater Bar-B-Que on historic Route 66 in Saint Robert- not far from the banks of the Big Piney River. Sweetwater shouldn’t be hard to find- just roll down your window as you approach Exit 163 and let the savory aroma guide you into the parking lot. For those dining in beer on tap is available. Sweetwater also offers meat by the pound- chopped beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, sausage, sliced turkey breast- perfect to take back to camp and share around the fire with friends. Don’t skip the sides! They are most famous for their fried spuds, but they also offer cole slaw, hillbilly beans, potato salad, corn cobette, and green beans. If you visit on a Sunday you can (and should) pick up a special treat – cabbage, corn bread, mashed potatoes, or cobbler. A slice of pecan pie is the perfect ending to a perfect Ozark BBQ experience at Sweetwater.

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Sweetwater BBQ in Saint Robert

Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ
21050 Teardrop Road
Devils Elbow
573.336.5375
15 miles from campground

Nestled in the Mark Twain National Forest, this historic roadhouse has had a reputation for “good eating” dating back to the late 1920’s. In the early days of Route 66 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop served up “Old Kentucky Barbecue” chicken, ribs, pork, & beef and offered it with a bottle of Hyde Park beer. Eighty years later, travelers from around the world continue to seek out this tavern to indulge in a St Louis style, hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Other popular choices are chicken wings, ribs, pork steak, beef brisket, and the spicy Tater Burger. All pair nicely with fries, tater tots, or onion rings.

Dine outside in the Biergarten and take in the views of the rustic Big Piney River, the dramatic limestone and dolomite bluffs, and the ninety plus year old through truss bridge. It is very likely that the voices that drift from inside will include a mix of languages- a testimony to Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ’s international appeal.

CARIBBEAN CUISINE

Paradise Pit Restaurant & Lounge
95 Ichord Avenue
Waynesville
573.774.3944
6 miles from campground

Paradise Pit is a combination of savory BBQ, fresh Caribbean food and tropical cocktails.

Chicken, pork, and ribs are slow cooked with a signature rub in a custom pit. In addition to Original BBQ sauce you can choose from Chipotle BBQ, Honey BBQ, Raspberry BBQ, Mango BBQ, or jerked.

Caribbean entrees include Mofongo with Carne Frita, Yuca con Bacalao, Pernil Asado, Pollo Guisado, and Shrimp Tacos. The staff prides themselves on their authentic recipes and cooked to order meals. Local favorites include tamales and white truffle fries. You can wash down your meal with a Red Stripe beer or one of the many choices from the drink menu. Lunch menu and free Wi-Fi is available.

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

Paradise Pit in Waynesville

CATCH OF THE DAY

Cellar 66
115 North Benton Street
Waynesville
573.528.7675
7 miles from campground

Trout fishing in the Roaring Roubidoux in downtown Waynesville during Convention? Don’t want to hassle with cooking your dinner over the campfire? Take your catch to Cellar 66 on the Square in Waynesville and the skilled staff will prepare your fresh caught bounty! While you are there sample regional beer, spirits, and wines. Their selection also includes Made In Missouri products as well as national and international favorites.

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

Photo by Boot at rainwaterscreeksideramblings.blogspot.com

COFFEE/DONUTS

Lamb’s Donuts
115 Gateway Circle
Saint Robert
573.336.3368
12 miles from campground

Veteran-Owned Lamb’s Donuts is an early morning tradition for many Pulaski County residents and Fort Leonardwood soldiers. The donuts are fresh baked daily and delicious! You can order them individually or by the dozen(s) to share with friends. Their fried dough delights include cake donuts, glazed donuts, chocolate donuts, maple donuts, apple fritters, long johns, and a variety of cinnamon rolls. Coffee and breakfast burritos are also available.

Luna Java Coffeehouse
151 St. Robert Boulevard
Saint Robert
573.336.2364
10 miles from campground

Luna Java Coffeehouse is a welcome retreat in the Saint Robert area. Kitschy and cozy, with a touch of boho, this is the place that discerning coffee drinkers go for a memorable coffee experience. Staffed by top notch, knowledgeable baristas, Luna Java’s coffee excellence begins with Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company of Saint Louis. Tea and smoothies are also available. Luna Java offers a limited breakfast menu beginning at 7 am. Beginning at 11 am they offer bites such as a Parmesan Chicken Wrap, Turkey Apple Bacon Panini, BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bacon Artichoke Pasta, and a vegetarian Caprese Sandwich. Grilled Cheese, Mac and Cheese, and a vegetarian PB & J Sandwich are available for the kids. Coffee Box Togo conveniently serves 8 people. Perfect for taking back to convention hall or camp!

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

Luna Java in St. Robert offers daily specials.

GERMAN CUISINE

Paradise Deli & Ursula’s Schnitzelhaus
311 North Street
Waynesville
573.774.8422
7 miles from campground

A fixture in downtown Waynesville for over thirty years, Paradise Deli lends a touch of “Bayrische Ggemütlichkeit”- Bavarian coziness- to the Square. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the menu ranges from Bauernfrühstück (farmer’s skillet) to Bayerische Brotzeitplatt (Bavarian Lunch Time Platter- assorted cold cuts, cheese & schinkenspeck) to Hungarian style Gipsy Schnitzel topped with spicy red pepper and sauce.

The Hub Restaurant & Lounge
777 VFW Memorial Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.9990
11 miles from campground

The Hub has been a gathering spot for locals since 1974 and their menu includes items that many Fort Leonard Wood soldiers returning from Germany have described as authentic and “spot on”. The Hub prides itself on their European style kitchen and “Old World food with Old World charm”. The drink menu includes traditional German beers, wines, and liquors including Apfelkorn, Bärenjäger, and Asbach Uralt. The menu recommends four dinners as Specialties of the House:

The Schnitzel Trio includes Cordon Bleu, Jägerschnitzel, & St. Moritz Schnitzel.
The Black Forest Schnitzel is a pork tenderloin topped with smoked ham, tomato, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.
The Bavarian Platter consists of smoked pork chop, knackwurst (beef sausage) and brätwurst (pork sausage).
Stuffed Beef Rouladen is a generous slice of prime beef basted with hot mustard, filled with hickory smoked bacon, diced onions and pickle, baked to tenderness, and served with spaetzle and gravy.

FARMERS MARKET

Pulaski County Farmers Market
Bailey Street, Roubidoux Park
Waynesville
573.842.9079
8 miles from campground

Arriving to Convention early? Make sure to stop by Pulaski County Farmers Market for camp provisions! The market is open Saturday from 8 am until Noon. Everything is Local! Fresh vegetables and fruits in season, fresh cut herbs, naturally raised meats including bison, cage free eggs, old fashioned soaps, natural bath & body care, handmade laundry soap, jams, honey, candied nuts, crafts and a large variety of baked goods from traditional breads to exotic sweets.

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HOMESTYLE CUISINE

Westwood Cafe
27050 Highway 133
Richland
573.765.3831
8 miles from campground

Westwood Cafe is known for their “down home cookin” and their menu is loaded with stick to your ribs selections that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite. Entree choices include comfort food favorites such as Chicken Pot Pie, Liver & Grilled Onions, Ham and Beans, Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak and ribeye and top sirloin steak dinners. Appetizers, salads/wraps, sandwiches, and burgers are also available. Breakfast is served all day!

Sunshine Cafe
688 Old Route 66
Saint Robert
573.336.3255
9 miles from campground

Sunshine Cafe has been the breakfast gathering spot for many Saint Robert & Waynesville residents for years. The cafe is only open from 6:00 am until 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. They close at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Breakfast is served until 1:00 pm daily and includes traditional favorites such as bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef hash, eggs, hotcakes, and french toast. Not in a breakfast mood? The cafe also offers a variety hamburgers & sandwiches. Entrees include country fried steak, pork tenderloin, pork chops, roast beef, and ham steak options.

ITALIAN/MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Mama Mia
101 Comfort Inn Drive
Saint Robert
573.336.1200
10 miles from campground

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 in Saint Robert. Mama Mia has been referred to as a “hidden gem”, tucked under the shadow of the Comfort Inn. 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 has been described as “perfect” on many occasions. Entrees include chicken, seafood, and meatball choices and can be ordered family size. They are best known for their generous gyros- no skimping on the meat at Mama Mia! Kalí̱ órexi̱

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Mama Mia in Saint Robert

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro
16995 Highway 28
Dixon
573.759.6100
19 miles from campground

Pulaski County’s destination restaurant has strong family ties to the famous Zeno’s Restaurant on Route 66 near Rolla that closed in 2011 after 50+ years. Chef Michael Scheffer, owner of Di Trapani’s, is the grandson of Zeno Scheffer. Chef Michael brings a passion to his food, presentation, and to providing his diners a unique and memorable food and drink experience. Chef’s plates are enhanced by the extraordinary views of Portuguese Point of the Gasconade River in the valley below. The Flash Fried Spinach was first served to Chef’s mother-in-law and is now the most popular appetizer. Eggplant Parmesan and Calamari are also popular appetizers at Di Trapani’s. Entrees include Chicken Scaloppini, Filet Mignon (topped with provel and homemade roasted garlic butter sauce), Veal Oscar, Seafood Lasagna with asparagus and lobster sauce. Dominic’s Tiramisu is also highly praised. Before leaving make sure to purchase a bottle of the house salad dressing to take back with you.

Di Trapani's Italian Bistro in Dixon

Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro in Dixon

MEXICAN CUISINE

Cancun Mexican Grill
690 Missouri Avenue, Suite 6
Saint Robert
573.336.8585
11 miles from campground

Cancun Mexican Grill serves dishes inspired from the coasts of Mexico. The Yucatan peninsula has a style of food all of its own which you can find in many restaurants in Cancun. The culinary delights of a typical Yucatecan kitchen come from a mouth-watering mixture of Mayan, Caribbean, Dutch, Lebanese, and Spanish flavors. A lot of the dishes from this region are not spicy yet are absolutely delicious.

The dishes at Cancun Mexican Grill have been described as authentic, flavorful, and delicious. The Warrior Burrito is a top seller and is a local favorite. Mexican soft drinks and Horchata are available.

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

Cancun Mexican Grill in Saint Robert

PIZZA

TK’s Pizza
743 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5616
11 miles from campground

TK’s Pizza has been a local favorite for decades in Pulaski County. Bringing back a few of their 20″ King Pick Up Specials to camp could make you a hero! In addition to the traditional toppings that you expect TK’s offers 8 specialty pizzas including – St. Louis Style (with Provel Cheese), Chicken & Spinach Alfredo, Buffalo Chicken, and Bacon Cheeseburger. You can also order cheese bread, wings, calzones, and cinnamon sticks.

GW Pizza
896 Missouri Avenue
Saint Robert
573.336.5565
12 miles from campground

GW Pizza is another local favorite for pizzas, calzones, wings, and Chicago Hot Dogs. Home of the 30″ Queen Pizza, you can top it as you please, or choose from popular specialties- Buffalo Chicken, Taco, Alfredo, Spinach, Extreme Meat Lovers, or Vegetarian. Sandwiches offered are Meatball, Buffalo Chicken, or Chicken Bacon Ranch. Don’t forget dessert- Cinna Bites, Cinna Sticks, or Oreo Cheese Cake!

PUB GRUB

Hoppers Pub
318 Historic Route 66 East
Waynesville
573.774.0135
7 miles from campground

In the heart of Waynesville, on the Square, Hoppers Pub pays homage to its Route 66 connection by offering 66 beers on tap. Some offerings of note are: Hoppers Frog Drool, an American Pale Ale brewed exclusively for Hoppers Pub by Piney River Brewing Company; Ad Astra Ale, an Altbier (traditional German ale) brewed by Free State Brewing Company; Stone IPA, an American IPA brewed by Stone Brewing Company; Chocolate Milk Stout, a Milk/Sweet Stout brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company of Saint Louis; and Black Walnut Wheat, an American Dark Wheat Ale also from local favorite Piney River Brewing Company. The extensive beer menu covers domestics and imports, craft beers and industry giant beers-including Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR).

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

Hoppers Pub in Waynesville

The food menu does not slack either. Specialties include Fish and Chips, Citrus Chicken, Mango Habanero Chicken, Ribeye Steak, and Frog Legs. Burger enthusiasts will enjoy working their way through the ten burgers on the menu. Standouts include the BBQ Guinness Burger, the Low Carb Burger, and the Jam Burger- topped with a signature sweet and spice jam. Salads, appetizers, and sandwiches are also available. Hoppers Pub also has a menu for the little ones!

Z Bar & Grill
127 Vickie Lynn Lane
Saint Robert
573.451.2676
10 miles from campground

Z Bar & Grill brings a contemporary flair to Saint Robert and diners can choose to enjoy their meal in the stylish dining room or on the upbeat patio area. Z Bar & Grill prides themselves on their bartenders crafting amazing cocktails, and their chefs creating delicious meals. The menu includes classic meals with an innovative twist and generous portion sizes to enjoy. The breakfast bar buffet opens at 5:30 am Monday through Friday and serves through 8:30 am. Breakfast bar buffet hours are available Saturday & Sunday. Dinner services begin at 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Menu items include appetizer selections, salads, entrees, and desserts. The Walnut Chicken Salad and Blackened Steak Salad are favorites with diners. Entrees include the Infamous Bourbon Burger, Blackened Chicken Sandwich, Smoked Panini Sandwich, Blackened Steak or Chicken Tacos, Tilapia, and Bourbon Glazed Salmon. Z Bar & Grill also offers a kids menu.

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert

ZLoft Bar & Grill in Saint Robert