Econo Lodge at Thousand Hills
230 S. Wildwood Dr.
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: (417) 336-4849
Fax: (417) 336-4862
Bars & Cafes
This restaurant takes its name after a fictitious character that was always able to get out of a scrape and bring home his big-game trophy. After a few minutes here, you can almost hear his braggadocios British drawl as he spins a yarn about one of the many mounts that watch you dine from the walls. A massive assortment of locally inspired dishes shares space on the vast menu with exotic entrees. Try the Mixed Grill of Game (USD26.95), which offers an assortment of ostrich, duck and wild boar sausage with a selection of sauces.
The Outback Pub, located inside the Outback Roadhouse Motel & Suites, offers visitors live music and pub food. Most of the items on the menu are very familiar ones like burgers, sandwiches, and salads, and during happy-hour the prices along with the more than 100 beer options make the perfect combo. If you're staying at the Outback, check with the front desk for specials and coupons. Every night there is some different type of entertainment, from live music to DJs.
Rowdy Beaver presents live music, karaoke and dancing alongside family-friendly plates of country food like fried chicken, pulled pork and catfish. Throughout the week, there is some type of entertainment, most of it is country-themed. On certain nights you can try your voice at karaoke with the locals. During the summer, the patio offers people the chance to get some fresh air and escape the crowds.
It's a pure country and western type of atmosphere here at this massive steakhouse. The dining room seats more than 200 guests and the bar regularly hosts celebrity guest bartenders. Since this is a steakhouse, most of the sides are carbohydrate rich and not on your cardiologist's favorites list. Needless to say, almost everything on the menu comes from the cow, yet there are still some fish and chicken options.
Cappuccino Country is an amalgam of a store; it's part coffee/teahouse and women's accessory shop. Behind the counter visitors order cappuccinos and lattes and on the shelves they find anklets, bracelets, scarves and other assorted fashionable accessories. The friendly baristas also provide small bites like pastries and desserts and almost all of their food products are homemade.
This wonderful little cafe is located in the Quality Inn, and if you are looking for great food in a relaxed atmosphere, this is the place to go. The menu includes a number of appetizers and salads if you are looking for something on the lighter side. For something heavier, try one of the gourmet pizzas, which come with your choice of toppings for less than $10. In addition, the hamburgers here are some of the best in town. The lounge is a great place to stop after a show at the nearby IMAX Entertainment Complex or Shoji Tabuchi Theatre.
Ruby Lena's typifies the small business owner with this tea-room located inside a quaint house on Main Street. Ruby Lena's does not just serve tea however, here guests can get a whole meal as well. The menu has different items depending on the whims of the kitchen, yet the cooks always have great soups, salads and sandwiches ready at a moment's notice. This spot is also known for its delectable desserts, so don't forget to try a pie before you leave!
Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar brings the liveliness of the piano to this part of the Ozarks. However, it isn't always pianos, because on certain nights, Ernie provides DJs or other entertainment. The drink specials run all week long with barkeeps that can mix up a strong drink. Ernie also serves pub grub like sandwiches, burgers and fries. From Thursday to Saturday the bar closes in the wee hours of the morning and all other days it closes at midnight. Check website for calendar of performers and events.
The Emerald Isle makes its appearance in Branson with this Irish restaurant and bar that features great beer and even better pub grub. The menu offers sandwiches, burgers and salads alongside entrees like Shepherd's Pie, Irish Boxty and chicken made Wicklow style. The bar has all the beers you may know from Eire, like Guinness, Smithwick's and Bulmer's as well as many others. Moreover, there are always nightly specials on the menu and if you are holding an event, the 'Guinness Room' provides a great option. For more information on pub events, menu, etc., check their website.
The Library Lounge of Missouri's only AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, the Chateau on the Lake, has been a local hot spot since opening in 1997. The evening gathering place is just off the resort's 10-story lobby, and has undergone a $600,000 makeover. This warm, relaxing environment includes a beautiful stone fireplace and comfortable chairs where one can socialize with friends or curl up with a good book.
Vintage Paris is a quaint little bar and coffeehouse located in nearby Hollister just across the White River. Here at Vintage Paris the owners hand-roast all of the beans and you can really taste the care with which they're made. All of the beans are obtained through fair-trade processes and in addition to java, the shop also sells wine and beer. All you need is free Wi-Fi (which they provide), a comfy couch and some relaxed conversation.
The Paddlewheel sits adjacent to the Main Street Lake Cruises boarding terminal on the banks of majestic Lake Taneycomo. The old-fashioned restaurant has great views over the lake and on the menu you'll find simple, American food like hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and the very popular fried pickles of course. If you can't find a table on the patio, inside the spacious seating area, you can catch the game or escape the cold and listen to live music. The Paddlewheel is perfect in the summer, that is probably why it's so crowded, but don't worry tables turn over quite fast.