New Restaurant Roundup (Spring 2019)
Las Margaritas Downtown
Where: 220 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65203
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 am-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat: 11 am-10:30 pm, Sun: 11 am-10 pm
This authentic Mexican restaurant just opened in downtown Columbia last month! When walking into the restaurant, I instantly feel like I’m back in downtown Cabo San Lucas enjoying a margarita at a quaint restaurant on the beach. The atmosphere is spot on with bright colors of blue, pink, green and more ultimately creating a strong sense of culture. Las Margaritas signature beverage, a lime margarita, is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and tart. Additionally, they have an extensive list of different flavor margaritas such as mango, strawberry, peach and raspberry. Along with their drinks, they have some of the best Mexican food in downtown Columbia! They offer many delicious dishes - try the carnitas tacos and make sure you ask for a side of their tomatillo salsa to put on top!
J-Petal & Poke
Where: 114 S 9th St #101, Columbia, MO 65201
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat: 11 am-11 pm, Sun: 11 am-10 pm
J-Petal & Poke is a new restaurant that serves poke bowls, sushi burritos and crepes. They offer a variety of different crepes ranging from Chicken Teriyaki all the way to a Matcha Chocolate Truffle Crepe. No matter what you're in the mood for -- savory or sweet -- their menu will satisfy your cravings. Their poke bowls are not only fresh but also incredibly delicious. One of their most popular dishes is the Shrimp & Crab bowl served with mango, masago, cucumber, avocado, sesame seeds, shredded nori, tempura flakes, unagi, and spicy mayo sauce. J-Petal & Poke serves huge portion sizes so you will never leave unsatisfied. Jump out of your comfort zone and try something different and new!
Where: 205 E Nifong Blvd Suite 200
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat: 9 am-12 am, Sun: 9 am-11 pm
Columbia residents could not get enough of Fuzzy’s, so they opened another restaurant to satisfy all of our Mexican cuisine needs! Their shrimp tacos are to die for. Also, they have karaoke on Friday nights and $2 margaritas every Wednesday! They provide the best place to spend Taco Tuesday at with their tasty $1.50 tacos.
Where: 803 Walnut St.
Hours: Tues-Thurs: 4 pm-midnight, Fri-Sat: 4 pm-1 am
Open since late October, this modern rooftop bar provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a beautiful view of the city. Inside, Pressed is decorated with chic black and white decor. Outside, bright neon lights are under white sofas that are gathered along a fire pit to light up the roof at night. You can support your favorite local businesses with cocktails made with Dogmaster Distillery vodka or DrinKraft kombucha. Their most popular cocktail so far is the Bleu Rosemary Lemonade - a mix of blueberry vodka, blueberry simple syrup, house lemonade and riesling finished with fresh lemon and rosemary. This distinct recipe is a replica from the menu at the owner’s previous restaurant, Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar. It was a customer favorite then and is now one of the most popular drinks on the menu at Pressed.
Twain Missouri Taproom
Where: 23 S 8th St
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 3 pm-11 pm, Fri: 3 pm-1 am, Sat: 12 pm-1 am, Sun: 12 pm-10 pm
This brand new bar is located next to the Tiger Hotel and is dedicated to one of Missouri's most famous sons: Mark Twain. If you enjoy local craft beer and liquor, you are in luck. The bar offers ten rotation taps, featuring beers from Hannibal’s Mark Twain Brewing Co., along with local spirits from S.D. Strong Distilling in Parkville, Columbia’s own Restless Spirits Distilling Co. and more. The Twain Missouri taproom strives to bring alcohol exclusively from the Show-Me State to light. This cozy brewery aims to not only provide their delicious snacks and drink locally, but nearly all of the wood inside the taproom is also from the nearby Amish communities in Sturgeon.
Park Restaurant and Bar
Where: 4380 Nocona Parkway
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 am-10 pm
Park Restaurant and Bar strives to be an affordable yet upscale restaurant. The modern-rustic atmosphere of the restaurant coordinates well with their menu, which consists mainly of small plates with an array of gluten-free and vegan options. Food is delicious, offering many familiar dishes as well as some creative, out of the norm plates. Support your local businesses and check out Park Restaurant and Bar!