Shopping, eating off Columbia’s beaten path, Part II

 This consensus that seems to be forming around my off-the-beaten-path column yesterday is that:

  1. Lonnie Ray’s is totally badass.
  2. Coffee Zone and Casablanca are totally better than International Cafe, and…
  3. I totally should have included Natasha’s Euro Deli on the list.

Won’t argue #1. Coffee Zone and Casablanca, even if they are better (and in the case of the latter, nowadays it’s debatable), aren’t exactly unknowns in town. Probably correct on #3, I just haven’t been there enough.

 One emailer describes Natasha’s:

I must sadly fault you for not including “Natasha’s Euro Deli” just south of Kea Int’l as a sixth, if not indeed the best of all of them. Try their Croatian Ajvar instead of tomato catchup, their Baltic Sprats instead of sardines, their Russian, Polish, Ukranian and other Eastern European beers, the best blutwurst I’ve had outside Germany, ham better than any I’ve found elsewhere in Columbia along with superb hard cheeses and various Russian styled fish offerings–and much uniquely more !  It really is quite a little grocery, and for them and for Columbia I hope they continue to do well.

 Hungry yet?


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

3 thoughts

  1. I would have to add New York Deli to the list as well. Try the Philly or Rueben, you won’t be disappointed.

  2. These two blog posts and the Trib article bring something home, for me anyway– MU’s presence makes Columbia a town that punches well above its weight class for interesting food in general and a pretty amazing array of international food in particular. We’re kind of spoiled and take it for granted, but you’d be hard put to find another town of 100k people that had a comparable selection…unless it, too, was home to a land-grant, research university. Or maybe Maharishi International University, but they don’t really play fair, do they? (Fairfield, Iowa IS a pretty cool place, just because of MIU, and no, I’m not a TMer)

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