Columbia restaurant round-up


Since my latest sojourn from active blogging began, much has been afoot in the Columbia dining scene:

  • Our beloved Chinese Wok Express is under new ownership. The (friendly) new owners claim the menu and recipes will remain the same. A bowl of pho yesterday was so satisfying and wholesome that I’m inclined to excuse the #17, which while not terrible, seems to have lost a step or two. One blog reader reports being disappointed in several items on a recent visit. I’m still hopeful.
  • If you’ve always thought Applebee’s was maybe just a “Baked Spasagna” short of a good dining experience, Cheddar’s is open. So there’s that.
  • Cafe Poland (pictured above) – apparently specializing in espresso and pirogies – will be opening “soon” in the former Carpe Diem space on Locust Street (think “Tiger Cleaners”). No word on how soon “soon” is, or what else they’ll be serving.
  • Crazy Noodle is closed for remodeling until January. You’re crestfallen, I know.
  • 18-time “How Does That Place Even Stay Open? Award” winner The Bread Basket Cafe is leaving the Crossroads Shopping Center. They say their lease ran out; I wonder if they ran out of storage room for the phonebook-size slices of bread that accompany the whispers of meat on their sandwiches.
  • The Oak Room is not open.

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.

6 thoughts

  1. went to Café Poland last Thursday. I am 100% Polish and my friend is part Polish. Very good pierogi…..and we know good pierogi. Check it out.

  2. I’ve tried all three pierogi dishes at Cafe Poland, and they’re excellent. My cousin tried the cherry yogurt soup and loved it. Our friend enjoyed the garlic stuffed pork chop and potatoes.

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