Sunday, March 30, 2014
After An Early Morning Wake Up Call (OK, Alarm On Phone) At The Golden Door Motel Today And Some Craigslist Shopping In Springfield Mo. We Stopped At The Cave Restaurant In Richland Mo. Yup, A Restaurant IN A CAVE! Status: Well Fed!
According to The Cave Restaurant website this is the ONLY restaurant in the good ol' USofA that is located Inside a cave. And it SO is in a cave! And the steak is SO good. The road there sucks for sure but it's actually part of the rural charm. I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever headed down interstate 44 near Lebanon Mo.
It is spring, I assure you...but it's EARLY spring. It was a nice day for a little walk after dinner so we
strolled back to the car, which you have to leave about a hundred yards away from the restaurant and
take a shuttle to the entrance. Once in the shuttle you figure out why. It would be a scary drive to do
yourself. The restaurant is actually three stories up in the bluff so you can either take some outdoor
stairs (a bit of an adventure in themselves) or an elevator. We took the stairs up and the elevator
down, just to mix it up.
An elevator that is lined on the back wall with corrugated steel does not inspire confidence but it got
us where we wanted to go safely. There's a large wood stove in the center of the lobby that I think
heats the entire cave. It was a little smokey in the dining room when we arrived and we had the place
It truly is awe inspiring and made me proud to live in The United States Of America. The food was
homestyle menu comfort and there was plenty to choose from. We had Steak and Fried Catfish and it
was great. To coin a phrase, you'll come for the cave but stay for the food!
I've been wanting to find this joint since first seeing it probably on KETC Public TV channel 9 on
some show or other. It's changed hands a few times over the years and it's present iteration did not
disappoint. It should be a hoot later this summer as the warmer weather comes north to join us as
there are float trips that end here. The restaurant is located right on the bank of the beautiful
Gasconade river. Summer time beckons.