Missouri

The most thoughtful of Captains and I will be traveling to Missouri this weekend. I’ve never been and therefore, have no idea what to expect. I mean, I had a t-shirt in college that said “Put Me Out Of My Missouri” but that’s probably not a good indicator of what is in store for me this weekend.

So, obviously, my first mission in Missouri (as it’s my first mission anywhere) is to find a Taco Bell and see if they have Chili Cheese Burritos.

And then….what? I don’t know. Y’all tell me, what must I absolutely accomplish while in Missouri?

50 thoughts on “Missouri

  1. I would highly recommend the K.C. City Museum, great for families or just adults, the art museum is lovely to walk through and the zoo is great but might be a little chilly this time of year. The plaza shopping center is great and be sure to eat at the Cheesecake Factory is there ….. even if it is just for desert. My hubby and I live a couple hours south of K.C. and enjoy going there with our kids and by ourselves for couple-time. Enjoy!

  2. “β€œThe most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”
    ― Norton Juster, “The Phantom Tollbooth”.

  3. I really want that T-shirt! I grew up in Missouri. I can relate.
    I wish I could be more helpful, but I didn’t really like it much.
    All the commenters are right about the BBQ, though! It’s superb in KC! You used to be able to find some good jazz downtown about ten years ago. I don’t know if you can now.

  4. KC DOES have chili cheese burritos… at some of the Taco Bells. You might have to try a couple before you find them – it’s on a franchise by franchise basis whether they serve them. I grew up in KC, but live in Minneapolis now. We have chili cheese burritos up here, too. πŸ™‚

    I would suggest the Liberty Memorial. It’s the national WWI monument, with really cool museums and a great view of the city (and the fall color) if you go to the top. The Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum are also really cool. If you go to the Plaza and wander around, you will find several of the elusive fountains. I would skip Steak and Shake (since you’ve already been there) for Winstead’s – which is just east of the Plaza on 47th Street. If you continue east from there, you will come across the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – also a very cool stop. You’ll know it by the giant shuttlecocks in the yard. It houses both classic and modern art, and has some really amazing themed rooms – I especially love the Medieval courtyard and the Chinese temple. πŸ™‚

  5. I lived in south St. Louis for a year and discovered many wonderful cheap and free things to do. When I lived there, the marvelous St. Louis Zoo charged no general admission and the Missouri Botanical Gardens was likewise free on Saturday mornings. You might check them out.

  6. Steve says:

    Yes, find a Taco Bell and see if they have Chili Cheese Burritos. If they do, you have accomplished an ‘expedition’, discovering a new page in fine dining and proving the t-shirt was just humorous sarcasm. If they do not have Chili Cheese Burritos, then you have accomplished finding out why there was such a t-shirt. Regardless, stay excited and remember that you are an intrepid explorer. πŸ˜‰

  7. I feel like your first priority should be to find something funny to photograph and then make a blog post out of it… but then again I have always been kind of selfish.

  8. gracielynne62013 says:

    Also make sure you go to the plaza in Kansas City. It is magical and there is an awesome farmer’s market downtown. Kansas City is a truly wonderful city. My daughter used to live there and I visited her several times, always thrilled to visit.

  9. gracielynne62013 says:

    Enjoy the time in Missouri. Enjoy every moment of life to the fullest. That is my wish for what you accomplish. xoxo

  10. Wait, I feel my nickname leaves me no choice but to contribute to this. It’s a shame you’re already married, because that’s what made me like Missouri this much, so not much advice on that.
    I’ve been told Kansas City is known for its fountains (Wikipedia confirms it’s nicknamed Fountain City), so you could be amazed by how few fountains are placed most randomly across the city, for a city known for them. Also, I know from experience that the Missouri landscape looks quite a lot like the German landscape. If you’re driving from KC to Jeff city, you could pretend you’re in Germany and make it a themed drive.

  11. Go to Steak and Shake! My best friend is from St. Louis & lives and dies by this place. We went first thing when I visited last summer ..it’s basically fast food but delicious. And cheap! Burger & fries & a shake for like $4! Maybe it’s just the NYer in me who finds that a bargain but still. And that is my only recommendation, hah! Enjoy your trip!

  12. Home sweet home!

    Where in Missouri are you going? Kind of a big place. If you’re going to KC, there’s Oklahoma Joe’s (barbecue joint in a gas station), the Truman Library, and the Plaza. And, as you’re headed up 71 from Joplin (I-49, now, but I object to the change), you can always stop off at Butler and order a plate of curly fries at The Flaming Lantern, and go see the world’s smallest gravestone at Oak Hill Cemetery (according to Ripley’s, not the town itself).

    On the other hand, if you’re headed to the Springfield area, there’s Lambert’s in Ozark, home of the throwed roll. Or in St. Louis, you’ve got Ted Drewes custard and Fitz’s on the Loop (root beer float, that is).

    I could do this all day.:o)

      1. KC’s really a much more interesting town than it seems to be on paper. Lots of stuff to do.
        Oh, and the Steak and Shake in Austin is the same chain, but nowhere near as good as the ones in Missouri. Although last time I went to one up there it wasn’t as good as I remember it being before. Granted, I’m not in college anymore, and it wasn’t 3:00 in the morning, but still…

      2. I am actually very excited to be going to Missouri! I think it’s going to be the cat’s meow.

        Thank you very much for your great suggestions!

        Also, I like Steak and Shake here, so if it’s better in Missouri, I’m going to love it, 3am or not. πŸ™‚

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